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Effective Uses of Time & Value of Time

Time is a precious commodity. We can’t make it, borrow it, sell it, or stop it. All we can do is spend it. People who use their time most effectively use the following strategies:

  • Make a “to do” list and check off items that are completed.
  • Prioritize your activities and spend your time on those most important.
  • Avoid over commitment-know your personal limitations and time constraints.
  • Know the difference between activity and productivity.
  • Analyze the time wasters in your day and devise plans to eliminate.
  • Create quiet time during the workday.
  • Plan for your personal prime time. Tackle most demanding tasks during peak performance times.
  • Don’t be a perfectionist.
  • Avoid indecision. When unsure, consider what the best use of your time is.

(Reprinted from: Powell, D. A Year of Health Hints. Rodale Press, 1990.)

The Value of Time

  • To realize the value of one year, ask a student who failed a grade.
  • To realize the value of one month, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
  • To realize the value of one week, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
  • To realize the value of one hour, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
  • To realize the value of one minute, ask a person who missed the plane.
  • To realize the value to one second, ask a person who just had an accident.
  • To realize the value of one millisecond, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have. And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time. And remember, time waits for no one. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.

The clock is ticking. Make the most of today.