"Time is what we want most, but what we use worst." - William Penn
Time is our most precious asset, and none of us know how much of it we have left.
It's ironic, then, how easily we let it slip away. An hour for a meeting, an hour in traffic.
Next time you get asked to spend an hour doing something, just hold it up to this filter before you decide:
Treat those hours preciously, and do great things with them, because you can never get them back.
The background picture is a watch my amazing wife gave me years... make that about 35,000 hours... ago. Feels like an antique in this age of iWatches!
Time... Waste or spend...?
Since I've been using timers and countdowns in my life, I don't waste my time.
It's very important to control your time. For example, I work only with timer and result of my work is getting better and better. I use this online timer next way:
When I compared effectivity of working this way I learnt that I do the same work for 6 hours instead 8 hours. So now I work for only 6 hours a day.
And I recommend to do this way all my friends :)
Have a nice day :) And don't waste your time!
It is amazing. It seems that the genesis of all disruptive technology is offering a means to buy back our time. Buying almost everything online, pulling all your consulting by tangible data over asking the neighbor, calling cab services, yadda, yadda, yadda
However is a huge ironic twist the accessibility to all this disruptive technology is like an addiction to learn how to embrace more.
I love it, and hate it at the same time.
It seems that with all of this added disruption sleeping is reduced, productivity is higher yet absorbs more working hours, and the everything else sector becomes one of scheduling in over living.
But then again when you love working I guess it is also a form of living. But I must admit I do love the european freedom of working to live...
I agree. I remember how when the "Washing Machine" and "Dishwasher" were introduced, housewives were supposed to have more leisure time. Yet after those inventions, they spent as much time doing housework.... I think it's like that with modern tech - some of it does save time, some doesn't, and too much tech takes too much time to figure out if it will save you time or not :)
I'm always amused by people who say "Time is money." Time is BETTER than money. You can use time to make money (as I often do with my startup) - and you can also spend time with loved ones. Congrats for appreciating a wife who gifted such a gorgeous watch. Maybe some time you could write a post on work/life balance for startup founders?
Great point! After spending the first few decades of my working life on the road globally I am involved in a start-up that both my son and I are both passionate about. The great thing is it will keep me closer to my loved ones so I can enjoy the game and my family at the same time.
My wife and kids (adults now) are very excited. Plus I get to create a dream with my son. Who could ask for more?
spending time wisely means being able to say 'no' from time to time, as per the famous Bob Mankoff New Yorker cartoon:
I've been saying that college is obsolete for a very long time. I dropped out in 2000, because even back then I could see that it was a really poor value proposition. I didn't predict this because I'm some crazy genius, but because I'm willing to discard emotional attachment and stare plainly at the facts.
School is outrageously expensive, leaving graduates with a debt (or net expenditure) of tens of thousands of dollars-- sometimes even one or two hundred thousand. There are some things that are worth that amount of money, but for many people school isn't one of them. In fact, apart from very specific cases, I think that school is a bad thing, not worth doing even if it was free.
That's not to say that school has no benefits whatsoever. It does, and although I left with zero additional skills after my three semesters there, I had a good time and benefited from the social aspect. The problem is that you can't just compare college to doing nothing at all. You have to compare it to what you COULD have done.
Let's say that when you turn eighteen, it's a good idea to take four years to develop yourself. College is one way to do that. If we were to construct an alternative way to do that, what could it look like? One of the biggest weaknesses of school is how inflexible it is, so one of the greatest benefits of designing your own curriculum is that you could come up with one that uniquely suits you. That said, here's a plan that I think would benefit many people MORE than school would. Let's call it the Hustler's MBA.
I have been a fool.
In retrospect, my life up until this day would have looked extremely different from the day I was 16.
I have not immersed myself in what I love. Not at all.
I love communes. I love weed. I love polyamorous people. I love yoga. I love travel.