If you think that money is the most important thing in life, you better think again. That’s no question that money is very important, but time is the resource that is even more limited and more valuable. From the following amazing quotes, let’s learn more about time including the importance of time and how not to waste time.
“The true currency of life is time, not money, and we’ve all got a limited stock of that.” - Robert Harris
You may be able to create money but you can never create time. Spend time in a way that you are not going to regret when you leave the world.
“But if you forgive someone for something they did to you, it doesn’t mean you agree with what they did or believe it was right. Forgiving that person means you have chosen not to dwell on the matter anymore; you have moved on with your life.” - Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability
Don’t waste time hating people. You don’t have to agree with what the people do or believe in order to forgive them. Forgiving simply means you decide that having a different point of view or behaving differently doesn’t matter that much.
“When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection.” - A.W. Tozer
If you are spending a lot of time on video games and TV because you want to kill time, think again. The time that you killed is not coming back. It’s not that you should never have some fun doing those activities. You just have to be aware of it and see if doing hours of that make sense.
“Regret for wasted time is more wasted time ” - Mason Cooley
If you had a very unproductive day since you wasted a lot of time surfing the internet and social media, just try not to do that again tomorrow. Don’t blame yourself too much. More specifically, don’t spend too much time blaming yourself because that is going to make you waste even more time.
“I don't believe in worrying. It's a waste of energy.” - Malinda Lo, Huntress
Be aware when you waste energy because wasting energy requires you to waste time at the same time. Don’t spend energy worrying. Although you can recharge your energy by eating and sleeping, you can’t recover your wasted time.
“Time spent reading a book, even a bad one, is never wasted.” - Stewart Stafford
Reading a good book can bring you a lot of benefits. On the other hand, sometimes reading a bad one isn’t that bad. It still could allow you to relax a little bit and could still inspire you to think.
“There should never be a time you make time for people who waste your time.” - Carlos Wallace
Our time on this planet is limited. Stop spending time with people that waste your time. Try your best to only go to meetings that have clear agendas. Most importantly, stay away from toxic people.
“Don’t waste time and energy defending your idea that could be used pursuing your idea.” - Bobby Darnell
If someone is arguing with you about your idea, don’t spend too much time and effort defending it. Use that time to execute your idea and see if it works.
“Time cannot be saved, it can only be spent, and if not spent wisely and well, it is wasted.” - Henrietta C. Mears
What exactly is wasting time? It’s quite simple actually. Since time can only be spent, but not be saved, any amount of time that you didn’t spend well is wasted time.
“You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.” - Ruth E. Renkl
If you can really realize that it’s a waste of time being unhappy, you would have more quality time in your life. That’s almost like living a longer life because you would be able to increase the amount of happy time you have.
“You either waste, spend or invest time. Make your choice wisely” - Sunday Adelaja
The above quote shows a very interesting point of view. Most people say that you can only waste or spend time, but the above quote suggests that you can actually invest time. It could mean that you can use time in a way that will bring value to you in the future. For example, spending time learning a second language isn’t going to give you immediate value, but by doing this investment of time consistently over a long period of time, you will be rewarded in the future.
“Every thought, every action, every statement should have meaning.” - Carlos Wallace, The Other 99 T.Y.M.E.S: Train Your Mind to Enjoy Serenity
The above quote suggests a way to live that makes you not waste any time. Don’t think about things that are useless. Don’t do things that have no value. Don’t say things that don't mean anything. You don’t have to follow that strictly but it might be useful to keep that quote in mind if you have the tendency to waste a lot of time.
“You need to see time correctly for you not to waste your life” - Sunday Adelaja
If you want to learn how to stop wasting so much time, the first step is to be aware. If you are not aware of the fact you are wasting time, there is no way that you can stop it from happening. In order to improve your awareness, it’s a good idea to keep track of your time daily by keeping a journal. Just track how you spend your time everyday for one week and you would be able to see clearly how to improve the way you spend time.
“There are far too many people that waste their time telling themselves that they don’t have enough time.” - Daniel Willey
One of the worst things you can do is to spend time making yourself look busy. You never want to be the person who stays in the office late because he or she spends too much surfing the internet instead of focusing on the work and leaving on time.