Time - our most valuable resource

June 10, 2021

There are a lot of valuable resources for us humans. The importance of every single resource is different for each of us.

But there is one resource that probably holds an immense value to us all, maybe even the highest value - and that's time.

Yet we all don't have enough of it.

"I can't do this, I'm busy."

"It's 10 P.M. again, I can't do what I wanted to today."

"Sorry I didn't call, I didn't have time."

Sound familiar?

I believe that no matter who we are or what we are doing with our lives, some days every one of us has this feeling of not having enough time.

Whether we have to work for 8 hours every day and don't seem to have time left to recharge, whether we have so many responsibilities and tasks we set for ourselves that we feel like it's just too much to take for one human.

Too many of our days pass by with us sitting there at dusk, thinking "where did the time go?", thinking "there is so much I wanted to do today and didn't".

Sounds depressing.

The good news is that most times we are in control of our time.

Surely we have to work a certain amount of hours every day in order to pay our rent, but there are plenty of hours left of the day.

The question is - how are you going to use them?

For me, the feeling of not having enough time is always present. I have so many things on my mind that I want to do, so many tasks and projects, so many ways I want to help others. Besides that I know that I need to rest regularly, which also "costs" time.

Sometimes it's hard to cope with that. Sometimes it seems like the giant pile of things to fill my time with is so overwhelming compared to the time that is actually available.

So, how do we get more time to do what we want to do?

We don't.

Every one of us has the same 24 hours. The difference lies in how we use them.

Truth is that we will always find time for the things important to us.

No matter how many things we want to do, how many hours we have to work, how hard we want to just sit back and watch TV - if something is important to us, there will be time.

It doesn't cost much time to send a message to a friend. It doesn't cost much time to check in with a family member. And it doesn't cost much time to get moving for a few minutes.

It's all a matter of priorities.

Of course, there are limits to that. It's not possible to work on three side projects while working for 8 hours on your day job, sleeping for 7, using 2 to work out, and some time to eat and rest.

But we can structure and plan our days so we can get the most out of them. Define priorities.

And if it's important to us, then we will find time to message a close friend. We will find time to play a video game or read a book. We will find time to work out.

In the end, time is an invaluable resource, and we have to decide how and for who we are going to spend it.

It's the greatest gift you can make a friend, to give them something of your time.

It's also the greatest gift you can make to yourself, to take time for your own wellbeing.

We don't have too little time. We all have enough. We just have to decide how we are going to spend it.

We have the power to decide. To manage where our time goes. We just have to be aware of it as our most valuable resource and spend it consciously according to our priorities.

Bonus: If we don't know what truly is important to us we can simply look at where we spend our time, and with whom. Our actions reveal our priorities before we even know about them.

ジャーニー (Jānī) is Japanese for journey.