The year 2020 is the year none of us were ready for. “Unprecedented” has been a term widely used, and, in many ways, greatly understated. As our plans and priorities have shifted to accommodate the temporary changes within the worldwide economic shutdowns, we’ve all collectively spent more time at home.
While there may be a lot of uncertainty surrounding this moment in history, there’s definitely a silver lining in the slowing down of our schedules. What and who we love most is on our minds more than ever. Let’s use this moment as an opportunity to reevaluate our priorities, our goals, and the significance of how our time is spent, and decide how we want to spend our time moving forward.
“The most precious resource we all have is time.” – Steve Jobs
Time is unquestionably one of the most important aspects of life. Despite our being taught that money is our most important resource, if we listen to advice from wise men or lectures by very successful people, we’ll learn time is the most important thing a person can spend.
There are so many small ways we can modify our lives to reduce our time spent on the mundane so we can focus on our priorities. Here are three ways to Value Your Time:
Automate Your Life. Technology is a great tool to recapture some of your time. Set the yard sprinklers on a timer. Invest. Research the best options for delivery or pickup of groceries through online shopping. Prepare meals in advance. Schedule bill payment through autopay. Small actions can add up to more free time to spend doing what you love.
Map Out Your Goals. Focus on what your big picture looks like and break it down into small steps in the right direction to achieve your dreams.
Plan Your Days. Remember that a goal without a plan is just a wish. Purchase a planner and block out daily chunks of time for errands and business. Equally block out free time and time to spend with loved ones. Work hard and play hard. Take balance back by being intentional.
Once we respect and value time, we’ll develop a drive to learn faster and work smarter. Many successful people like Steve Jobs have held lectures outlining resourceful guides to achieve efficient routines and created products to help us better prioritize our time. When we’re able to work more efficiently and gain more knowledge, we not only have the power to increase our revenue, but we can also gain more leverage in our freedom and experiences.
As we continue to navigate this year and take a break from our normal demands, let’s make an intentional effort to reevaluate our priorities and understand that time is our most valuable asset.
Shawna Sabedra is a freelance writer and editorial assistant