What is the opposite of losing time? The most common answer to this question is gaining time. This makes sense, as when we feel like we’ve lost time, we wish we could just add a couple more hours to the day to make up for our lost time. If only there were 36 hours in the day, then we would be able to accomplish all that we want to accomplish…
Wrong. The opposite of losing time is not gaining time. The opposite of losing time is winning time. The game of life is about winning time, and it’s a 4-quarter game.
We all know what a good minute or two of work looks like. If we read a book for 5, 10, maybe 15 minutes straight, without putting the book down to tend to the world’s tempting and appetizing distractions, then we’ve won ourselves a fair bit of time. Similarly, we recognize time spent around positive influences or mentors as time well spent. Any time spent in pursuit of our goals and our purpose in life is winning time. Time spent writing the book we’ve always wanted to write is also a win. Hours disappearing in the face of pencil and paper and a drop of creativity, is also time won. All of our pursuits that we know are conducive to our success, to our fulfillment of purpose, to the giving of our gift to the world - these pursuits are all great ways to win time.
Simple enough? Good. Now, how much time have we spent reading, or writing, or drawing, or talking to positive influences in the past week? Chances are, we have won only meager amounts of time, and this is not just a problem, it’s a war that has to be waged. It’s perfectly straightforward to think of what is a good use of our time, yet we are not spending our time doing those things. In that case, we will look to eliminate the things that are not winning us any time, and avoid those at all costs.
How are you going to start winning time? How will you stop losing time?