“If only I had the time…”

A few days ago, I got a chance to have coffee with an old friend. As we caught each other up on our lives we joked around about never being bored anymore. In talking about our endeavors, we shared how there was never a shortage of ideas or ways to continually innovate.

Time is a precious thing. It is finite. Different for each of us. We never know truly how much we will have. At some point it will end. And because of this, we should be purposeful about never wasting it.

Lack of it seems to be my common excuse for not getting more accomplished. There are plenty of people that I talk to who share the same sentiment.

Often, I have even heard plenty of us use the excuse of our day job being what robs us of our time to do what we truly care about.

But I think at some point there has to be a moment of taking some personal responsibility.

This is our life, right? Therefore, every moment associated with the timeline of my existence, belongs to me, correct?

It should, anyway. We create value. We select what is most important, kind of important and not so important.

Our intentions are much greater than our actual outcomes, though, often due to distractions. I wake up 3 times a week, with the intention of getting out some content for the blog. It may actually happen about 1-2 times a week. It seems as though as soon as I turn on my computer, if I do not go straight to my journaling application, I get sucked in to emails, Facebook, Amazon; basically everything BUT what I set out to do.

It’s the same at our places of employment, I am certain. Want to know how I know? My blog traffic is the highest, Monday through Friday, 10am-2pm. Which is the time most people I know are at work.

So not only are we robbing ourselves of productivity, but it also appears that we rob our employers too.

We’ve all done it.

I love the internet. But I spend way too much time on it. I’ve realized, though, that we can’t waste all of our precious time searching the internet to achieve our dreams. I’m not going to google my way into my destiny or create the ultimate status post that make all my dreams come true. You won’t either.

It’s time to get back to real life. Do real work. Work that really matters.

Let’s make our time count.

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