I was listening to a podcast during this morning’s walk and the subject was time. While the podcast took a more spiritual slant to the study of time, it did get me thinking about what a precious commodity time is. Probably the most invaluable commodity – it’s irreplaceable, you can’t buy it (though a popular saying would have us believe otherwise), and you can make millions by investing it wisely.  In fact, everything we do is related to time and how we spend it.

We are all given the same amount of time to spend every day and yet I’m amazed by what some people are able to accomplish in the same time I have.  I can spend a whole day on one piece of writing, while other writers are able to turn out whole books in days.  John Boyne wrote The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas in two-and-a-half days.  Jean-Dominique Bauby, who suffered a crippling stroke, wrote The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by blinking his left eye. It took him 10 months – four hours a day.  I am in awe of these writers who produce something so brilliant in such a short period of time. This is my definition of time well spent.

By comparison, I do have days where I am productive and am able to get through most of the day’s tasks without problems, but I find it difficult to keep up that energetic productivity every day.

Maybe what I need to do is forget about time all together. Stop watching the clock or thinking about what I have to do next and just concentrate on the job at hand. If I’m constantly checking the clock I become too aware of time passing and how little I have left.  As Roger Babson said: Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.  It’s all about using my time wisely. If I get a solid 8 hours sleep each night, I’ve got 16 hours every day to invest in myself, my book, and my future and I’m determined to make that time count for something.

The only time that matters is now.

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