It’s that time of year when everything seems to move faster, quicker, and the holidays will be upon us before we know it. They say that as you get older time moves more quickly…I totally get that now that I am older. When I was a kid I remember when it took forever for Christmas to arrive. When it seemed as if Santa was never going to get here. When the two week Christmas holiday seemed like six months and the new year was just a number I had to learn to right on my homework.
Now time flies. I wake up on Monday and before I know it I am talking to people about the weekend on Thursday afternoon…and time flies. And as time draws near for the year to end, I have to think hard to remember the amazing events of the year…knowing that time flies and more amazing things will be happening in the new year. And as time flies we need to protect it, savor it, enjoy it.
This is not a post about time management or learning how to cram more into the twenty-four hours we are each allotted. This is a reminder to make the time you have matter. This is about knowing that where you spend your time is WHERE you want to spend your time. Once you spend it, you can’t get it back. So you had better make sure that once it is spent you feel good about it. Sometimes saying no is the best answer. It is not the easy answer, or the one that makes people happy, and yet it may be the best use of your time to say no. It can be hard to get that word out of your mouth, so you may need to practice. If you do not put boundaries around your time and how people use it then you will see it fly away quickly.
Everyone has great ideas of the things we should do, could do, need to do. The question you may want to ask is do those things match with what you want to do with your time? Once spent you will never get it back. Time flies so make it matter. Give yourself credit at the end of the day for investing your time in the things that matter to you – service, family, growing your business, enhancing your work, building up the next generation. Whatever is important to you, be sure to spend your time doing just that. Remember Christmas will come and go for years to come…so use these precious days as an investment in life and be proud of when you said yes and when you said no.