When Time Runs Out

I came to a realization last night that my various commitments will eventually cause time to run out if I’m not careful, and I suspect that I am not alone in this situation. In fact, anyone who is working a full-time job alongside some moon-lighting, factor in a family, and some time for friends, not to mention some relaxation time, and your day becomes filled up pretty quickly.

This is nothing new, and in truth, I’ve discussed this issue in the past several times. However, last night some parts of my personal schedule slipped, and in hindsight, there was no reason for it.

When relaxation takes priority over responsibility, trouble is in the making.

If you find yourself spending time relaxing when you could be completing a chore, and find this habit repeating, you need to take a step back and evaluate your behavior. When you find yourself spending time that could be spent with family with your nose stuck in a book, or eyes glued to a screen, you need to stop and think about what you’re doing, about what opportunities are being wasted.

Success is more than just making money. Success is when you achieve happiness in your life as a whole (and yes, money might be  a part of that). The best way to be happy is to be around happy people, and to interact with them. If that means that other aspects of your day need to be compromised, then so be it.

The sooner you come to this realization, the sooner you can re-evaluate your days. How much time do you spend doing each of your daily tasks? Is your time being used as effectively as possible? Could you possibly save some time by being better organized?

For this reason, no matter how simple your day is, try to keep an agenda of what you need to do. Include tasks such as spend time with your family, or spend time relaxing by watching TV or reading a book. But try to stick to your schedule, or you may find that it’s those things which are most valuable in the long run which suffer the most in the short term.