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Do You Savor or Squander the Valuable Time You Have?

Oh yes! I’m sure you’ve heard this before. It’s not news that everyone has twenty-four hours each day. It doesn’t matter where you live or where you’re from. That fact is indisputable. Let’s assume that you sleep for eight hours a day. Sleep is essential for renewal of the mind and body. We need to use part of our day for rest.

After the eight sleep hours are deducted from your “time bank,” your remaining time each day becomes approximately sixteen hours. What we do or don’t do each day greatly affects the quality of our time and lives.

Are you a time savorer or squanderer? To squander is to waste something in a reckless manner, or allow an opportunity to pass or be lost. To savor is to enjoy, delight in, or appreciate something completely.

I’m not suggesting that you fill your time with constant activity. We all need unscheduled time for not doing. I am suggesting that you be mindful about your choices.

I offer you this quote from an unknown source . . .


“Time is precious. Waste it wisely.”


What is your relationship to time? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!





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I love your quote! I like to think I use my time wisely. I think about the different activities and appointments that make demands on my time and then I decide where to focus my energy. Yesterday, I took the afternoon to relax. I had brunch with a friend, we watched a chick flick together, and I spent an hour or more on the phone video chatting with my son and his wife. It was a great use of my time. Not productive at all but sometimes it's great to just be and to let the time pass in a slow relaxing manner.

June 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

That is a great quote! So much time is squandered online these days. Time in front of a screen rarely refreshes. Distractions blur our appreciation of the passing of time. When I need to be productive, I try and eliminate the pull of the world. Nothing like a cubby in the library to help me focus:) Restorative rest is also important. Dive deep into what feeds your soul... nature, music, art, solitude... let yourself slow down and think!

June 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Such a true quote, sometimes my day goes by so fast i wonder if i remember half the things i did, because a lot of them are so routine i do them without thinking.

June 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

I love this! When we reframe our view of time, either savoring it or squandering it, we can really be more aware of how we are using it. Great post :)

June 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLiana George

@Diane- I agree with you that time doesn't necessarily have to be used productively to be beneficial. Just like sleeping is essential, "not doing," or just plain relaxing, or enjoying quiet time with family or friends is also valuable ways to honor the time we're given. Yesterday I spent the day with family. We didn't do much but eat, talk, and laugh...but it was precious time just being and connecting together. I wouldn't have traded that time for anything.

@Seana- What a great image of you focusing in your "library cubby." For me, I feel that type of focus on an airplane, but I don't fly that often, so I can't use that as my go-to way of focusing. As you also pointed out, time isn't just for being's for doing what "feeds your soul." Love that!

@Jill- Routines are necessary. And they help us to move seamlessly about our days. Adding some mindfulness to those routines lets us appreciate those routines in other ways. I know what you mean about sometimes doing things/habits without really noticing. I find that if I inadvertently alter a process or routine because I get distracted, it messes me up and I forget to do some part of that routine. Like if I put on my shoes before my jewelry, I might forget to put on my jewelry altogether because when getting dressed, the shoes normally go on last. Oh, So Human!

@Liana- Glad you enjoyed the post..and the reframing of time.

June 5, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

This is a short post with a powerful message! My sister shared a crazy long article about time management which said that people are so obsessed with productivity that we feel that even our leisure time has to be scheduled. I know I've fallen into this trap myself!

You've summed it up nicely - it's not about being busy, it's about making the most of our time - which isn't always about getting things done, but of being in the moment. Thank you for the reminder!

June 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- Short like me :)! I don't know about you, but I remember when I was growing up, we didn't schedule playdates. We just went outside and played with the kids on the block. As I got older, friends would just come over after school or I'd go to their houses. There was no planning to play. But things are different now for kids...and parents too. I will sometimes let a day unfold (mostly on the weekend) without any plans, without adhering to any list, and just feeling my way through the day. I admit that those types of days are rarer than I'd like. But when they happen, I just love them. Days for being, not days for being busy.

June 5, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

These days it's so easy to squander our time. I find my kids squandering their time often, at least I think they are squandering their time. =) It's a great reminder to examine how we use our time. Each one of us needs to know what squandering and savoring is for each one of us. I can't tell my kids when their squandering time because I really don't know how they deal with time. I think I should ask them this question and see what they say. =) Thanks for the idea.

June 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

@Sabrina- It sounds like you have an interesting discussion coming up with your kids about how they perceive time. If you feel like sharing any insights you received from that, I'd love to know more. Thinking back to when I was younger, time seemed in it felt like we had "all the time in the world." At this point, I'm hyper aware that while we don't know how much time we have on this earth, it is a finite amount. Now the feeling of "vast," happens less often. But when I do have days like that, it's quite liberating.

June 5, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

One of my favorite quotes. As seen on a mug.

You have the same 24 hours as Beyonce

June 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen- So fun! Thank you for sharing.

June 7, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

So true. Even though I know this it's always such a good reminder. (I need this reminder pretty much every week - I constantly lose that focus!)

Thanks for the reminder I needed today! :)

June 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanna Kaye

Hi Linda, you mentioned deducting sleep hours from one's “time bank”. I often talk about "budgeting" time the same way we budget money. Which requires thinking about whether the "investment" is "worth it". Both are easy to fritter away if no attention is paid to their "value".

June 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHazel Thornton

@Suzanna- You're welcome. It's so easy to lose focus and get distracted by so many things. And sometimes, distractions are a welcome part of life. I guess it's finding that balance.

@Hazel- I love that perspective you offer about budgeting time the way we budget money...and I suspect some of us struggle with both of those. But the idea of weighing out the investment and value makes so much sense.

June 8, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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