A friend pointed out something about the way we utilise our time. He said that if you use the excuse that you don’t have time to do something, it means that thing is not very important to you. This is quite possibly true. Think about when you have something really exciting you want to do, how enough time miraculously appears to enable you to do it! But we all too often don’t do the things we love either!
We waste a lot of time on things that are really not very important – how many emails of silly jokes, people’s gossip posts on facebook, twitter conversations of no value do we take time to read; how many mindless and numbing TV shows do we watch or compute games do we play; how much time do we spend window shopping with no intention to buy, etc. etc. etc.?
This does not mean we shouldn’t take time out to relax, but how often do we use THAT excuse as a reason to go on doing absolutely nothing of value? Sometimes, yes, we do need to switch off, and if playing a computer game or watching a silly TV show or scrolling through facebook messages is what you want to do, then do it. Just don’t let that take up ALL your spare time and then complain that you have no time to visit your best friend.
Maybe we need to take a closer look at why we procrastinate and never do the things we say we would love to be doing ‘if we had the time’. Yet we are happy to spend time doing mind-numbing activities. Is it our fear that if we DO actually start doing things we enjoy, we may fail at whatever it is? Maybe we think others will criticise us for doing something THEY consider not worthwhile, or they will be jealous because we are taking the holidays, writing the book, going to the art class, meditating and they are not. But, maybe, they are not doing those things either for the very same reasons as YOU!
When something comes along that we know we will never have the chance to do again and it is something we REALLY want to do, we FIND THE TIME. Why do we allocate the things we see as not so urgent – “Oh, I’ll get around to it SOME day,” as less important? Start thinking of today as the last day of your life (in a sense it is, at least of your life so far), and do something you feel is worthwhile and a step toward something you love doing.
Make every moment count. It may be all you have. Time is an illusion that mankind has created to enable us to function in our busy world so we can get to work on time, don’t miss the bus and so on. However, have you ever noticed that when you are doing something you particularly enjoy, you don’t even notice the time going by? You are so engrossed, that time no longer matters, you have stepped outside the time continuum.
Start using time to your advantage, stop wasting it and start living in a way that has purpose and meaning. Who wants to get to the end of their life and look back with regrets that they didn’t do the things they would have liked, and realise that a third of their life was spent on wasting it?!
I don’t want to, and I am presuming you feel the same! Don’t let fear or other people’s opinions stop you from doing what you love. Yes, there are always things we HAVE to do, the dinner doesn’t cook itself, and the clothes don’t wash themselves, but once we have done our work and chores (and hopefully haven’t put those off as well!), we need to take time to do the things of value that we love doing. No more procrastination!