Helpful Ways to Keep Time On Your Side

the importance of time

Have you ever felt that time has stolen your life in one way or another?

Three weeks ago I found myself scrolling through the Facebook app on my phone, searching for the most inspiring post to share with my fans. What initially should have taken less than five minutes to achieve turned into almost an hour, mainly due of my lack of focus and addiction to social media.

I was angered by the time wasted watching funny cat videos and reading negative banter, but wasn’t quite sure how to go about quitting Facebook and other social networking sites for good. Then I found StayFocusd, a FANTASTIC Google Chrome extension that limits the amount of time that one can spend on time-wasting websites.

I immediately added the sites which I allowed to slowly chip away at my lifespan—Facebook and Twitter, and blocked both for 10 hours; 8am – 6pm, Monday through Friday. I also proceeded to remove both mobile apps from my phone, in case I felt the urge to mindlessly scroll once again.

With sheer amazement did I realize how much time I had left for myself. But what was left to do? Since creating my Facebook account in 2008 and Twitter in 2007 my goal has always been to share the most inspirational and motivational content on the internet. Now, with so much time on my hands, how could I make the most of it?

“Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” ~M. Scott Peck

The fact is, I didn’t value myself enough to make time for it. With all this time to myself I had to take a long, hard look at my life and pinpoint the many things that once brought that special uniqueness to my life.

Many people today are so incredibly consumed with a world that lingers outside of themselves. There is an overwhelming need to outdo one another—an act that can only bring suffering.

Is it important to take time to observe the mind through stillness, which can occur through prayer, meditation or anything that brings inner peace to oneself.

A few months ago a friend sent me this priceless list of “Zen Things” or as I call “Gentle Tips for Daily Living.” These little reminders have not only brought healing to my heart, but have opened my mind to the true value of day to day living:

  1. Do one thing at a time
  2. Do it slowly and deliberately
  3. Do it completely
  4. Do less
  5. Put space between things
  6. Develop rituals
  7. Designate time for certain things
  8. Devote time to sitting
  9. Smile and serve others
  10. Make cleaning and cooking become meditation
  11. Think about what is necessary
  12. Live simply

Through the simple act of folding laundry one can develop a calming ritual. It is by our own sense of Being and free will that we can realize the value of our time, and ourselves.

In my post, “A Real-Life Lesson in Minimalism” I learned that by going through life attached to more of what I didn’t have, the more my life was poisoned by frustration and worry. By living mindfully and with simplicity one can end the endless cycle of suffering.

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It’s your turn. 
Have you seen yourself wasting time with things which don’t enrich your life? How are you bring time back on your side? Please share your comments below.

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About Michelle Cruz Rosado

Michelle Cruz Rosado is a professional speaker and bestselling co-author of "Pursuing Your Destiny: How to Overcome Adversity and Achieve Your Dreams." Follow Michelle for inspiring messages and quotes.