Lately, I have been doing a countdown to 2018, I realised that time is an important asset that we have but in most cases, we don’t seem to value it as much as we are supposed to.
As the days are quickly moving, we only have 286 days before another year starts. It may seem like a lot but it’s not. It’s very easy to waste a minute, an hour, a week, and before you know it a month has passed without making use of it.
We fail to manage our time and fail to work toward what we want to do in the next hour let alone the next month. Scientists say that we spend an average of 2hours 10 minutes a day on distractions and that means every 11 minutes our focus is shifted.
We live in a world where focus has more value than IQ. Those who are able to maintain focus get better results than those who know what must be done but are not fully invested.
The greatest gift you can give to the people around you, your career, passion, or business, is the gift of your presence. Robin Sharma said many people suffer from a ‘Collective Attention Disorder.’ We are there physically but mentally we are drifting. We fail to be aware of what’s happening in the present and make use of it.
So many times we get so mind full more than we are mindful. In Jonathan Fields’ book ‘How to live the good life’, he says, “Mindfulness is about slowing down, noticing and seeing what is really happening in front of you in this moment, without the anxiety of expectation or the haze of regret.”
To make use of time we have to learn to be emotionally, physically and mentally present in the moment and to block out all the noise and focus on the signals that are important for that period.
We miss out on great ideas at work, beautiful memories with our loved ones and we lose sight of our goals when we don’t give our full attention on being present at that very moment. Before we know it, we won’t be able to relive those memories, take back those opportunities or make use of those great ideas we had.
Learn to appreciate the value of time, use it for productivity and always live in the moment with people and things that move you forward.
The Dalai Lama, when asked about what surprised him the most about humanity, he answered, “Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money, he the sacrifices money to recuperate his health and when he is so anxious about the future he does not enjoy the present.The result being that he does not live in the present or the future, he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”