Misconceptions about time ...

  • Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Time is probably the most valuable asset we have, no matter who we are or how old we may be. And when it is done, it is done. We can make back the money we have lost. We can never gain back time we have lost.

It makes sense to protect our time like we protect our lives, because that is what life is, a certain period of time. When that certain period of time is over your life is done. And none of us know for sure when that certain period of time will be over for us. I often wonder how I or anyone else would use their time differently if we knew when that time would be.

Since we donít know and canít know for sure, what we need to do is take responsibility for our time. That means we should spend it as wisely as possible, in a way that is most meaningful and beneficial to us, not just now, but considering the future also.

You can start being responsible about your time, using it in the most effective way by remembering these three misconceptions about time.

Misconception number one says you need to manage your time. But you canít manage your time. There is absolutely nothing you can do about time. Time is just an immaterial thing that flows along; a kind of measurement we use to denote the duration of something.

All of those statements send the wrong impression. What we can do is manage ourselves so we get more done, or the most important things done within the duration we call time. We can learn to focus on what is most important because we cannot do everything we want to do.

Misconception number two says I will have more time tomorrow to get done what I want to do. That is also misleading. You wonít have more time tomorrow. Tomorrow you will have the same amount of time as you did today. You donít have less time one day and more time the next day.

The third misconception about time is the frequent complaint that somebody wasted our time. The truth is nobody can waste your time. The 24 hours that you have in a day are all yours to do what you choose to do with them.

Take responsibility for your time. In the final analysis time is just one designation you use to measure what you have done within a certain duration. Stop worrying about time and worry about what you are doing as time rolls along.

The Rev. Dr. Valentine Williams is an inspirational public speaker. He also conducts seminars and workshops related to Christian growth and development; as well as professional and personal development training. You can reach him with your questions, comments or for personal engagements at: valmyval@yahoo.com.

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