What’s your definition of time well spent?
I’m sitting at the Sandy Creek 4x4 campground in Litchfield National Park. We’ve just had breakfast, and all the kids are running feral. I’m thinking about the idea of “time well spent” and what that looks it like to me. As a business owner, I think it’s incredibly important to have these moments of reflection. Knowing how you imagine your time well spent allows you to refocus on the important things in life. It gives you clarity and will enable you to ascertain whether you are spending enough energy on making time for the important things.
To get you started on your own definitions of time well spent- here are my top 4:
Time well spent is the moments with friends camping. You have the fresh air, exquisite waterholes to swim in, kids running around with no shoes on and a healthy lack of iPad’s and electronics.
Time well spent is time with family. Being close enough to them to share Easter’s, birthdays and Christmas’s. Not having to travel 10+ hours via airport stopovers.
Time well spent is making time for yourself. You are your most important asset, take care of yourself.
Time well spent is working a job that you actually like. We spend so much of our time at work, hating Monday, looking forward to Fridays. I think it took having a family to understand that this doesn’t have to be your reality. Time is the one thing money can’t buy, so don’t waste it on a job you hate and dread each week.
My life and business have been dramatically impacted by technology and AI. Finding faster better ways to complete compliance bookkeeping task allows me to spend my time better providing business advisory services to our clients and helping them achieve their business goals. This is indeed time well spent, why? I help them find better ways to spend their time. Life seems to come in a full circle sometimes, and it blows me away.
If you are struggling to figure out what time well spent means to you, the words of an old friend (I wish!), have always helped me to find some clarity. These words will stick with me always, and I hope they help you in much the same way…
“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”