Even if you do, it would be better if you do not (ever) admit to having any “spare time” as our culture still revolves around one’s ability to stay focused for hours or days on end and being busy—all the time.
Because, unlike most addictions, workaholism is still very often admired, encouraged, and materially well-rewarded.
But why is this, when it has already been proven that “putting in the hours” does not make sense, since it is not very productive and even risks health and lives?
And, frankly, I have observed that all those extra hours clocked in—working for somebody else—would no longer be recognized, nor would it be adequately appreciated, once it becomes habitual.
Still, people like talking about how busy they are, as if it’s a sign of success. Perhaps it is for some, but for most of us, it’s a just a sign of being out of control.
Think on this, just how many people have lamented on their deathbeds: “I wish I had spent more time at the office!”?
What I am trying to say is that we should look at the issue of time from a different angle. The number of hours available to us in a day may be fixed, but the quantity and the quality of energy available to us is not.
Since energy is our most precious resource, the more responsibility we take for the energy we bring into the world, the more empowered and productive we would become; however, the more we blame others or external circumstances, the more negative and compromised our energy would be.
So do you believe that there is an element of truth in the statement that energy (and not time) is the fundamental currency of high performance?
Then, act accordingly.
One way of recognizing the importance of energy is to have some quiet, uninterrupted time for yourself; to reflect on and to reorganise your life. Use this time to come to grips with your purpose and think of this—time spent exclusively on yourself—as an investment for abundant energy.
Do realize that you can not manage time; instead, adopt better ways of using your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy to achieve your goals. Moreover, remind yourself that an achievement is more meaningful when it is derived from a base of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. And that literally means slowing down to succeed instead of following the crowd, chasing the “faster-faster mantra”.
You can easily regain control of your life by simply making more conscious decisions and then acting in line with your values. In other words, be your own person.
“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” — William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania
“People are frugal in guarding their personal property, but as soon as it comes to squandering time, they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy.” – Seneca, Roman philosopher
“Never get so busy making a living that you forgot to make a life.” — Dolly Parton
“It is a very good plan every now and then to go away and have a little relaxation … When you come back to the work your judgement will be surer, since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose the power of judgement.” — Leonardo da Vinci
“My only measure of success is how much time I have to kill.” — Nassim Taleb
“Those who cannot appreciate time have the most money problems.” — Benjamin Franklin