“Time is money”, Benjamin Franklin.
“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time”, Jim Rohn.
But I recently heard: time is MUCH MORE than money. And I totally agree.
- Time is the most valuable resource you have.
- Time is irreplaceable.
- If you don’t value your time, no one else will do.
As soon as you become a mom, you realize that activities like: sleeping, eating, shopping, fitness, etc(!) are NOT the same anymore: Time becomes REALLY PRECIOUS!
Your time-management skills improve automatically and sometimes, you even resort to multitasking. I’m not a big fan of the latter. Being focused AND PRESENT in ONE task is more important for me than just keeping busy.
In the last months, I’ve been trying different tools and practical things to manage my time in the best way possible. Small things can make a significant difference in your life, for instance:
We implemented the supermarket shopping via internet. Top! Instead of spending 1.5h in the supermarket every weekend, we spend now maximum 30mins in the process. My Saturday morning can be completed with a short trip to the supermarket to pick up the groceries.
When I’m working on an important task, any email that is not urgent can wait. A short and immediate answer can easily turn into “a chat” by the back and forth of emails.
I taught my 4y-old daughter to respect my time when I’m busy at the computer. This was VERY hard to implement, but she got the point. I use her timer (foto below) and she knows that, while the time is running, she should not interrupt me. This also applies the other way around: she refuses to go to bed before the time is finished!
She even asks: mama, can you set “de tiempo”? (Dutch + Spanish for “the time” 🙂 )
In the Car
In general, I don’t like to drive. I consider being stuck in the traffic an unnecessary waste of time. Normally, I don’t have to commute long distances, but when I do, I’m lucky enough to have one of those “Schumacher wannabes” to ruin my day by causing an accident. Therefore, I decided to start listening to audiobooks while driving. Fantastic! I really recommend it.
Personally, I choose fun-to-listen (or long) books. You can easily learn something new, instead of cursing the others drivers 😉
During the Christmas holidays, I learned something new: the first day, I woke up as usual by the alarm (what a freak, I know!). During the breakfast I asked to my husband: “And? What is the plan for today?”. “Plan? There is no plan!” he said. “Okaaay, but what are we going to do?” I replied. “Eeuuh, nothing?” my husband said.
I could not believe there was NOTHING to do! We should (always) do something productive, isn’t it?
After reading and playing with my daughter, I asked him again twice. He said: “Relax! There is NO plan!”
I took my cup of coffee, I went to the terrace and with the beautiful landscape in front of me, I sat, closed my eyes and enjoyed the sun!
I reset myself by getting so much peace and enough positive energy to enjoy the rest of the holidays with my family… PRICELESS!
Even by doing “nothing” you can bring so much value to your life. Those who meditate know what I mean 😉
It’s not only WHAT YOU DO with your time what matters, but also the VALUE YOU GET of it.
Time is definitely much more than money.
Take care of it,
Use it in a positive way,
And make the others respect it!
Any thoughts or a good tip to improve the use of the time? Shoot in the field below.
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Hasta la próxima,