In the book Conversations With Millionaires Mike Litman quotes personal development expert Jim Rohn on time management. Rohn’s take on it expanded my mind, so I want to pass it along. He says, “In ninety years you have ninety spring times. If some guy says, you know, "I got twenty more years." You say, "No. You got twenty more times."
“If you go fishing once a year you only have twenty more times to go fishing. Now that starts to make it a bit more critical. Not that I have a whole twenty more years, but just twenty more times. How valuable do I want to make these twenty times? It doesn't matter whether it's going to the concert or sitting down with your family, or taking a vacation. There are only so many.”
It's quite a sobering thought. There are a couple of close friends I now see only once or twice a year because we live on opposite sides of the globe. How many more times will I see them?
This also applies to how many books we can write, how many pictures we can paint, and how many other projects can create. Keeping that in mind, are we choosing the ones that mean the most to us and the people we hope to affect?
When you think about your life in this way, what ‘times’ are the most valuable to you? Are those the ones to which you're giving your time and energy? How can you make them the best possible?(You'll find innovative time and life management techniques in my book, "Focus: Use the Power of Targeted Thinking to Get More Done," published by Pearson and available from Amazon or your other favorite book seller.)