Bad Girl, Good Business

Route 66 installment #3: It’s about time!

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I just asked super-fast Alexa this morning how long I’ve been alive.

She told me I’ve been on this earth for 24,082 days, which translates to 578,000 hours.

Assuming I live to 100, I can look forward to 12,443 more days or 298,632 more hours, or 17,917,201 minutes, or 1,075,032,060 seconds.

Seems like a lot of time, right?

Not really.

Deduct the hours I spend sleeping, watching Netflix, and waiting around airports and that time will go by pretty quickly.

Especially since my mother’s death and the clean-up of her house (which contained many artifacts of my youth), I’m more aware than ever of the speed of life and why procrastination can be a flawed strategy at times.

The pandemic, work demands, and family events (both happy and sad) made moving quickly forward with my own life more difficult. But making up for “lost time” is easy as long as you remain focused and forward-thinking.

Friends and colleagues sometimes get upset with me because I like to move quickly and sometimes make immediate decisions rather than studying all the facts. And I can get upset at myself when I feel as if I’ve squandered a day.

My criteria for time well-spent is that I’m:

  1. Having fun
  2. Helping others
  3. Learning something new and growing brain cells
  4. Enjoying adventures
  5. Getting healthier
  6. Making money (but not at the expense of having fun or being healthy)
  7. Becoming a better version of myself

Or, some combination of those seven things. The more boxes my activities check, the better!

Some tips for getting better control over your own life and time:

  • Keep a journal (paper or digital) every day and write down one thing you accomplished, gave you joy, or are grateful for. It can be a baby step, rather than a big leap
  • Take stock of the hours you’re spending doing things you can’t stand and look for ways to change your life or get help. Don’t regret “wasted time.” No time is wasted if you come away smarter and stronger.
  • Time-block.
  • Don’t use negative terms like “bucket list” or talk endlessly to yourself or others about the stuff you’re going to do one day. Just figure out a way to do it. Banish the words, “It’s too late” from your vocab.
  • Surround yourself with people who are time-valuers and not time-suckers.
  • Calculate your own number and make sure every one of those seconds counts!

Have a few more minutes for random facts?

BGGB.OkeyDokey-fred Songs with “time” in their titles
BGGB_ShakingHands Dealing with slow-moving co-workers
BGGB_Thumbs-Down-fred Shocking facts about time-wasting.

NOTE: Now that my home is decluttered, I waste less time.

BGGB_Pointer How people spend their time (by age)

Yikes! Look how much time we spend on our phones!

 

 


4 Comments

  1. There’s so me really good advice here! It does go by quickly. It sure does.

  2. We have lost a lot of family members along the way and it always reminds me how fast time goes, but you’re right nothing made it more pronounced than when my mother died and I had to go through her things. Brings it into perspective.

  3. I try to take stock of how I spent my day by keeping a daily journal. It definitely helps!

  4. Wow. I didn’t know we could ask Alexa about our lifespan. It’s both scary and fascinating. Love what you resolve to do this year. Best of luck!


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