What matters most to you? Is it family? Status? What about time? There are exactly 1,440 minutes in a day and as each minute passes, it is another minute you can never get back. Are you making each moment count? I first came to the conclusion that time was the most precious thing to me when I began feeling the pressures of everyday life take over. Trying to balance work, loved ones, and achieving the vision I had for my life all seemed impossible with only 24 hours in the day. As I worked on one thing, another suffered. This was not because I didn't have enough time. It was because I did not value time, so I never looked at or managed how I spent it. When you really stop to think about how many minutes there are in the day, it can really help you reevaluate your life.
If you do not know where your time is going, you are not truly managing it. Out of 1,440 minutes in the day, I used to make excuses of why I was unable to do something. Out of 1,440 minutes in the day, I told myself I didn't have time to put in a 30 minute exercise or 60 minutes to read a book. Out of 1,440 minutes, I didn't have time to to spend 180 minutes working on goals that would help me achieve my ideal life. Out of all the time I had, I would rather have spent 180 minutes a day watching TV, instead of doing something beneficial to me. This was me before I truly valued my time. Now, I am consistently hitting my milestones and closer than ever to my ideal life. If you feel stuck where you are or like there are not enough hours in the day, don't worry because there is a way to take back control of your time. This starts with having time awareness. Knowing where your time goes is one of the biggest favors you could do for yourself. With this knowledge, you can turn your goals into action. Knowing how you spend your 1,440 minutes a day can truly give you perspective on how productive you are and if you are leading the life you've always dreamed. You will be able to see what your time-sinks, or time wasters are and adjust your schedule accordingly.
A huge time-sink for many people, including my "former" self, is watching TV. Studies have found that the average American adult watches 4 hours of TV per day, yet do not make time for the things that benefit them most like exercise and reading. It is crucial knowing what drains your time so that you can prevent it from further wasting your time. By getting rid of your time-sinks, you will be able to gain more time in the day to do what matters most to you. Access this power by performing a time audit. Learn how long it takes you to do things and where your time is going. It can open up so many opportunities for you in life if you make those 1,440 minutes count. Avoid sticking to the same routine without taking the time to evaluate if it's working for you. Your life will not change if you do not change what you do.
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