The passing of Time is probably the best and worst thing that happens to all of us. No one can escape it.
I often think about how much time I have left to live, assuming I stay healthy and injury/death-free until I'm lucky enough to die of old age. But even with a best case scenario like this, the time I have left is still too little. It's rather unsettling.
I know most people either don't or try not to think about the end of the line, but I try to use the knowledge that one day I'll die to my advantage. It may seem morbid that I think about death every day, but the truth is that knowing I'm going to die one day really motivates me to make the most of the time I have left. And I wouldn't write about it in this blog unless it had something to do with business and my career.
Take at look at this graphic. The ratios are correct. Your own personal graphic might look very similar to mine, depending on how much older or younger you are than me.
Some of you might find this interesting or maybe depressing. How does one actually utilize this knowledge?
Well, what I've done so far is learn to prioritize things in life. There are things I've never done or will ever do because they don't help me have a fulfilling life. Everyone has different needs in life, so I won't venture to say what's good and what's bad. And we each have different career ambitions. I'm sure there are people who would find what I do boring and meaningless. It's all subjective (unless it's harmful).
On a day-to-day basis, I cease doing activities that don't support my long term goals (business) or immediate needs (eating lunch). It's trial and error, but I eventually root out those things that don't help me live the life I want to live. I recommend this book for more on the subject: Eat That Frog!
If you have any thoughts on the matter, I'd love to hear about them. Comment some ways that you live with and manage time. :)