Where does the time go?

June 2, 2014 Sandra Dawes

It’s a question we hear often.  Whether it’s reconnecting with a friend after a long time, or seeing how quickly a niece or nephew is time-quotegrowing up, we are frequently reminded that time is passing by, regardless of what we’re doing with it!  Where does the time really go anyway?

If you’re like me, there are days when you can’t believe how much you got done.  It’s almost as if you were able to slow down the speed of time in order to get the most out of it.  However, there are other days, when time seems to be on fast-forward, and you feel like you were just getting started and the day is already over.

I don’t know about you, but I prefer those days when time appears to slow down and I’m able to cross many things off my to-do list and tasks that once seemed impossible are completed with ease.  What makes those days different from the days where it seems like nothing gets done?  For me, it’s about clarity on my priorities for the day and an action plan to get things done.

When you are able to block out distractions and focus on what needs to get done, it’s amazing how much can be accomplished.  Setting priorities helps you to manage your time more effectively.  When you know what’s important, it’s easier to say no to the things that pop up and try to make demands of your time.  It also helps you to move on when you’re stuck on something, because you know that there are other things that you can direct your energy to (which often helps in the solution seeking process).

We’re often left feeling like we don’t have any control over time, and that in fact it controls us.  Even then we can be guilty of taking it for granted, acting as if we have all the time in the world to do the things that matter to us.  This doesn’t have to be the case.   We just have to find a way to master our use of time.  We need to be honest about what we’re really doing with our time and if we’re using it to the best of our abilities.

We make time for the things that are important to us.  If you feel like you don’t have enough time to take care of the things that are most meaningful to you, it may be time to check your priorities.  Those things that are most important to you should get some of your time each day.  The things that are less of a priority can get your time a few times a week or for the month.  Clarity on what’s important to you is the first step to making sure your time is spent in the way you want it to be.  Isn’t that better than constantly wondering where the time went and feeling like you haven’t accomplished anything?

If you want help making the most of your time, join me on June 21 for my virtual workshop, Prioritize Your Life.  For more information and to register, click here.

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