jueves, 19 de septiembre de 2013

HOW DO YOU CREATE MORE FREE TIME?

 Did you know that time is actually the most important resource you have. Why? Well, it´s the one thing in your life that is not renewable. Once you spend it you can´t get it back and you certainly can´t ever get more of it. No matter what. You can never ever get more time.

Worse still, we don't even know how much time we have to spend! We have no idea if we have 60 years left to spend or 60 seconds left to spend. And yet humans spend it without a second thought. Humans spend it like it's going out of fashion. Don't we? Don't we spend hours every day surfing the web or trolling through Facebook or other social sites for no particular reason? Don't we watch hours of TV often without even knowing why we're watching it? Don't we often have to try to think of things to do so we can "fill" time?

Can this be right? Do humans really just spend their lives filling time in the belief that time will never end? How can this happen? Well it's simple - for some reason we just think life will go on forever. We just think time is basically endless. We think that there is plenty of time to do whatever we want to do. Every day we wake up and there's more time right in front of us. Another 16 hours of time before bed! The problem of course is that this is a completely flawed belief. The only time you really have is right now.

The real question is what are you doing with your time? Are you working towards something special? Are you filling your time with things you love? Or are you wasting your most precious resource? Whittling it away day after day with empty pursuits that don't really take you anywhere? The bad news is no one can create more time. I don't care what you do, you can't create time. You can however save time, and if you save time you can have more free time.

Free time is the best time of all. Free time is time that you can choose how to spend - rather than others telling you how to spend it or you feeling obligated to spend it a certain way. We all want as much free time as possible don't we? We want you to study less and relax more. That's right, we want you to spend less of your time studying, and much more of your time doing whatever it is you love to do! Does that sound like something that would interest you? So what are two things you can start doing today that will create heaps more free time?

Number one: Four or five 15-minute breaks from doing work equals an hour or more of free time every day. If you do that five days a week that's five or so more hours of free time every week. Five hours a week equals 250 hours a year! What could you do in 250 hours of free time? That's a lot of time to do whatever you love doing.

Number two: There are certain times that are what we call "dead time". Dead time is time when you're not working towards any of your goals but it's also not free time. It's just dead time. For example, you might be walking the dog, riding your bike, sitting on the bus or in a car (not being driven by you!), or waiting at the train station for the train to come. This is time that isn't used for anything much - so start using it.

Maybe you can make a recording of the notes you must memorize and you can listen to them during these times? Maybe you have some flash cards you made and can use the time to look over them? Maybe you have an oral examination coming up and can practice your speech? Maybe you can just read through your text book. The point is take your dead time and make it time well spent. Fifteen minutes spent studying whilst on your way home from school is fifteen minutes you don't have to do that night.

It's time to start valuing your time more than you ever have before. Remember, your time is always coming to an end. You just don't know when that end point is. I hope for you that it's still 100 years away. But there's a good chance it's less than that. Much less! So make every minute count. Save as much time as you can and spend your life doing something meaningful to you. Good luck.

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