Sunday, November 1, 2009

What Will You Do with Your Extra Hour?

Lost, yesterday, somewhere between Sunrise and Sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever.


-Horace Mann



Did you do it?  Did you “fall back” and recalibrate your watches and microwave oven clocks back one hour?   Psychologically we feel better in the fall because we feel, albeit fleetingly, like we've gained an upper hand over time. By autumn we forget how robbed we felt in the springtime when we lost an hour in this manmade biannual dance with the sun.

It's a rare gift to find extra time. It's a great equalizer.  At any time, we all share the same few seconds, but we know they’re not in limitless supply.

Budgeting your time is more important than budgeting your money.  If you lose money, you can always make it back with some effort. Time does not play by the same rules.  Once it’s spent, it is unrecoverable.

As you begin to value time, you also begin to value other scarce resources, like time with the people you love, quiet moments of reflection or study. For some it may be extra sleep or working on a project, while others may party a little harder.  It’s your time; you get to use it as you wish.  In football, those who manage the clock best tend to win the game.  It’s true in life too, though it’s not really time that needs management – it’s your priorities. Use your time.  Spend it on your goals.  Squandering it, will serve no one.