Where does the time go?

It’s a question we hear often, isn’t it?  Whether it’s reconnecting with a friend after a long time, or seeing how quickly a niece or nephew is growing up, we are frequently reminded that time is passing by, regardless of what we’re doing with it!  Where does the time really go anyway?

There are days when you can’t believe how much you got done.  It’s almost as if you were able to slow down the speed of time in order to get the most out of it.  However, there are other days, when time seems to be on fast-forward, and you feel like you were just getting started and the day is already over.

Of course we all prefer those days when time appears to slow down and we’re able to cross a lot of things off the to-do list and tasks that once seemed impossible are completed with ease.  What makes those days different from the days where it seems like nothing gets done?  For most of us, it’s about clarity on our priorities for the day and an action plan to get things done.

When we are able to block out distractions and focus on what needs to get done, it’s amazing how much can actually be accomplished.  Setting priorities helps us to manage our time more effectively.  When we know what’s important, it’s easier to say no to the things that pop up and try to make demands of our time.  It also helps us to move on when we’re stuck on something, because we know that there are other things that we can direct our energy towards (which often helps in the solution seeking process).

We’re often left feeling like we don’t have any control over time, and that it in fact controls us.  Even then we can be guilty of taking it for granted, acting as if we have all the time in the world to do the things that matter to us.  This doesn’t have to be the case.   The key is to find a way to master our use of time.  We need to be honest about what we’re really doing with our time and if we’re using it to the best of our abilities.

The reality is that we will always make time for the things that are important to us.  If you feel like you don’t have enough time to take care of the things that are most meaningful to you, it may be time to check your priorities.  Those things that are most important to you should get some of your time each day.  The things that are less of a priority can get your time a few times a week or for the month.

Clarity on what’s important to you is the first step to making sure your time is spent in the way you want it to be.  Isn’t that better than constantly wondering where the time went and feeling like you haven’t accomplished anything? Once you’re able to master your use of time, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve!