TIME MANAGEMENT – Be Intentional with Your Time


You may have less time than you think. I came across  the following true story in John Maxwell’s book, The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player – page 87 to be exact, that really drives home the point that it’s important to be intentional with your time.  Here it goes…

An older gentleman was giving advice to a younger man on a radio show. The younger man was continuously away from home.

He said, “Let me tell you something that has helped me to keep a good perspective on my own priorities.  You see, one day I sat down and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about 75 years. Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and came up with 3900, which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has I his lifetime. It took me until I was 55 years old to think about all this in any detail,” he continued, ” and by that time I had lived through over 2, 800 Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be 75, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy.”

He went on to explain that be bought 1,000 marbles and put them in a clear plastic contains in his favorite work area at home. “Every Saturday since then, ” he said, ” I have taken one marble out and thrown it away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in my life. There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight.”

Then the older gentleman finished, “Now let me tell you one last thought before I sign off and take my lovely wife out to breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure if I made it until next Saturday, then I have been given a little extra time.”

Isn’t that a powerful story?  The act of throwing away the marble each Saturday is really a strong visual and reality check. One thing we know for sure is that each of us have ___ marbles left. None of us know for how many for sure. If your last marble was cast today, would you … 
  • Ask yourself, “How did it get so late so soon?”  (Dr. Seuss quote) 
  • Reflect on your life with contentment or regrets?

It’s not too late to make changes. It’s time to STOP focusing on the WHAT you don’t have and START focusing on the HOW you are going to use what you do have to get what you want!


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