I've been thinking a lot about time lately. How I use my time, how much time I waste, etc. I suppose this started from this post before Christmas about writing a letter to myself in retrospect of 2011. I re-read that letter while dealing with being sick, and was silently cursing at the 2+ weeks of time that I wasn't making any progress in my weight loss journey (even stepping backwards slightly.)
This week, seeing the new years resolutioners at the gym, I found myself secretly wishing that each of them would make this commitment last beyond February. I can look back at months and years of myself not making the most with my time. If I had started working out earlier in my journey, how much farther could I have gone? What is the value of the time I lost in that? 50 pounds? More?
The resolutioner who might have tried this same gym resolution last year who is back again- where could they have been in their progress had they kept up their routine throughout a year? 20 pounds? 100 pounds? Running a half marathon? Doing a triathlon?
This conversation doesn't have to just be about weight loss or fitness, it can be about anything: learning something new, reading that stack of books, committing to a craft, etc.
These are some questions keep popping in my head when thinking about the VALUE of my time:
- What is the cost of the time lost in front of the TV?
- What is the cost of the time lost in being self conscious?
- What is the cost of the time lost in not working aggressively towards my fitness goals?
- What is the cost of the time and emotional change when I complain or whine or get a poor attitude?
So, just food for thought. Think about being more conscious with your time and see if you can accomplish more things, in a faster time, or can be more fulfilled with the outcome of your day.