To beat the traffic at peak hours, I’ve got my work timing changed, leaving home early at 7 a.m instead of 8.30 like I used to. The change has made a difference to almost every aspect of my every day life.
To start with, I find that by avoiding the traffic, there is so much less tension while driving.
I reach office in half the time and arrive in a much fresher frame of mind.
This allows me to concentrate better and has improved my productivity. My boss is happy and my colleagues have noticed the difference. I have extra time after finishing my allotted work and am able to be involved with other cultural activities at the office.
I leave the office early and again beat the traffic and reach home in half the time. The total time saved in travel is 1 hour every day, 5 hours a week and 22 hours a month! Now I spend more quality time with my kids and wife, instead of coming home tired and wallowing in self-pity about leading a dog’s life.
My lethargy seems to be a thing of the past and I’m sure that this year, time won’t flash by as fast as last year seemed to, leaving me complaining that there wasn’t time to do anything that needed to be done.
Now why didn’t I think of this years back?
Time is money they say in the business world. Actually what they mean is that time has value. You and I must appreciate that time is a resource, it has value and time is a convertible resource. We can convert it to money, we can convert it to love, we can convert it to successful relationships if we invest time in our relationships with our husbands or wives, with our children or even with our friends. Time can be converted to knowledge if we go to school if we take time to read or to attend a seminar. In fact when we do that we are converting time to wisdom.
In our country where money is not in much supply we must learn to tap into invisible resources and to turn them into material wealth, it’s our best opportunity now. All of the natural resources that we have are limited in quantity but time we will always have. We can spend time, we can waste time and we can invest time because it is a resource. Our attitude to time changes when we begin to see it as being valuable as money then we realize that to a great extent the difference between the rich and the poor and between the successful and those who fail is actually what they do with their time. Poor people value money over time but rich people value time over money.
It is important that you value your time. In our part of the world we have no respect for time but if you want your story to be different you must begin to use your time to achieve powerful goals.
In the developed world they have achieved development and acquire wealth because they have discovered that time is as valuable as money. This discovery of the value of time led to the invention of the clock. If we can measure time then we can measure money. If we can measure the rate of time then we can determine the rate of its conversion to money and that discovery and the invention of the clock laid the foundation for the ability to create other precision measuring equipment.
There is something called African time and it is an illusion, it is an excuse for failure and tardiness and poverty. There is no ‘African Time’ the whole world runs on twenty four hour a day. What you do with your twenty four hours will determine whether you will be rich or poor. What we do with our twenty four hours a day determine whether we will be rich or poor as a nation. Remember, time is a convertible resource and time is the measurement of the passage of your life; time actually is you life. When you kill time you are not committing murder you are committing suicide.
The good thing about time is that God has given it to all human beings in equal measure. You have equal opportunities with other people to succeed. In the Chinese language, it is being said the way time is written is exactly the way opportunity is written. Your time is your opportunity; you waste your time you waste your opportunity. So, set goals let them be important goals for today, for this week, for the next one month, for the next one year that is a major way to capture time and convert it to powerful achievements in your life.
The truth actually is that you can make your time more valuable than money depending on what you do with your time. While you can create more money you cannot create more time that makes time more valuable and that suggests that you should capture time and convert it to the most valuable uses that you can. Time when it is gone can never be recovered again. So, you make good use of your time and convert it by setting powerful goals and focusing on the most important and the most productive activities of your life.
When we cannot control time we feel out of control of our lives. Can we control time? Of course, the truth is that we cannot control the movement of the clock. However, we can control the events of our lives because those events happen while the clock is moving. When we gain control over the events of our lives we experience happiness, peace and fulfillment. Those who live frustrated lives are those who feel that their lives are out of control and the major reason why they feel so is because they have no goals.
The major key to the effective conversion of time is goal setting. With goal setting we convert time to accomplishment. Time becomes an asset not a liability. Ten years spent without any specific goal accomplished will lead to frustration and liability but one week spent achieving specific and valuable goals makes time an asset. Always remember that time is given by God for the accomplishment specific purposes. You must find your assignment in life, you must find your definite major purpose in life and invest your time in it then you will discover the true definition of success and you will succeed.
There is an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on earth, right time for birth and another for death, a right time to plan and another to reap, a right time to kill and another to heal, a right time to destroy and another to construct, a right time to cry and another to laugh, a right time to lament and another to cheer, a right time to make love and another to abstain, a right time to embrace and another to part, a right time to search and another to count your losses, a right time to hold on and another to let go, a right time to rip out and another to mend, a right time to shut up and another to speak up, a right time to love and another to hate, a right time to make war and another to make peace, that is an exposition on time from that wise king who lived several thousand years ago – king Solomon.