Awaken to the Value of Your Time

by Paula Pant on · 10 comments

Trillions of dollars change hands around the world everyday. More items, services and goods are bought and sold each minute than you could possibly imagine. More currency changes hands than you can possibly fathom.

Money, in other words, is virtually limitless. There's more money in the world than you could ever need, want, acquire or imagine.

Your time, on the other hand, is limited. We are on this earth for 80 to 100 years in the best-case scenario. Some of us are visiting this world for a much shorter period of time.

So why do we treat our time as if its "free" and unlimited, while we treat money as though it's a precious, limited commodity?

That's not a rhetorical question. I believe we treat our time as though it's not worth anything because we haven't awoken to the greatness of our time. We're unaware of how much we can create, and we don't realize the possible scope and magnitude of our contribution to this world.

If we lack confidence, lack enthusiasm, and lack purpose, our time feels worthless. We'll fritter away precious hours as though they're free. We'll channel-surf. We'll devote hours to extreme couponing. We'll handle our own tasks rather than outsourcing and delegating.

We learn to be frugal with our time, not our money, when we become aware of how valuable our lives are. Time is more precious than gold. Supplies are limited. When our time is over – it's simply over. We can't earn more.

So how can you awaken to the value of your time?

#1: Have a Purpose

Time feels worthless if you're not living for anything. Your purpose can be whatever you want it to be. It can be work-related, home-related or anything else. Your purpose might be excelling at your job, or making money, or being a great parent, or being a wonderful community member.

#2: Limit Your Priorities

Stay focused on your purpose by concentrating in one or two areas of your life. Many people never achieve greatness when their mind is "a mile wide and an inch deep." Ruthlessly cull your priorities so that you're concentrating on your mission.

#3: Accept What You're Good At

As children, we're taught to focus on the areas in which we're less naturally inclined. If we're great at reading but poor at mathematics, we'll get tons of extra tutoring in math, while our natural reading talent holds steady.

As adults, we need to turn that around. Concentrate on developing the areas in which you have natural skill and interest. Outsource the rest.

by Paula Pant

Thanks to wise money managing, Paula Pant has traveled to 27 countries, purchased a 99-year-old Victorian home near central Atlanta’s most beautiful park, and has never — ever — had a penny in debt. Her blog, Afford Anything, is based on one radical idea: money should never hinder your dreams.
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Amy May 16, 2012 at 11:56 am

This is so true but I might be one of those rare people that don’t value money as much as my time. I’m too busy being happy and trying to figure out what I’m good at. (Still need to crack that one open) Thank you for sharing and I hope that others can find the time to accept this and appreciate their lives and worth.
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Debbie@happymaker May 17, 2012 at 11:19 am

Very good Paula. This is so true. If we would learn to treat time as precious as money, life would be happier. I like the last one and outsourcing what we are not good at makes all the sense in the world. Yes, we do learn new things as we go, but why waste 10 hours on something that we don’t know how to do and we don’t care to learn a lot about.

Me for one i am not that technical, so when it comes to my blog I have a guy that I pay to do my technical stuff for me. This way it frees me up to do what I really love. Blogging.

Times is the most precious gift we have and we should always remember to use it wisely, you can not earn it back.
Blessings to you,
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David Stevens May 17, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Nicely said Paula, thankyou
“Time” is our most precious commodity…be aware of this & use it the best effect.
be good to yourself
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Chrysta Bairre May 21, 2012 at 11:18 am

Great post and great insight into the value of our effort and energy! When I write about work-life balance I often write about prioritizing our energy instead of our time. By this I mean our time is valuable and paying more attention to our to-do’s than we do to our purpose and goals is often where we go wrong. It is because we devalue our time that we may forget to live a life that is meaningful to us.

Thanks for the inspiration! Have a grateful day!

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Sindi May 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm

An inspiring article! Thanks for sharing your useful thoughts, I really like your point on being creative. “We’re unaware of how much we can cre­ate ” that’s so true. That’s the value of our time, how much we create.
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Galen Pearl May 23, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I am of two minds about time. Sometimes I see it as a finite commodity, something to use wisely and not waste. Other times I see it as endless, an eternity in the present moment. That must be when I’m in a woowoo mood–ha! As a finite commodity, there is never enough.
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Bettina May 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm

It’s really hard to define what the value of a human lifetime is. The time we’ve spent with our family? The time we’ve created something which is useful? The time we’ve made somebody happy? The time we’ve given birth to a child? Creation can have many interpretations depending on the view of the act.
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Born27 May 25, 2012 at 7:54 am

Great post Paula! I definitely agree with your tips here. Yes, time is gold. We can make money in just a sec. It’s all depend on how we handle it.


Heidi19 May 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm

We all have a purpose, but it’s all up to us how to deliver it. Time is precious, we shouldn’t waste it in a nonsense things..
Thanks for this wonderful post!


chanikacha September 19, 2012 at 5:46 am

I do agree with you! We are the one that holds our future. Since time is concerned we should do everything because we can only live at one time so we must to whatever we can to make a better life and without wasting your time.


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