Let’s face the facts: we all have limited time and life. None of us truly know how much time we have.
And while many people believe that after we die, we may live again – there’s certainly no guarantee.
It therefore follows that how we spend our time in life is the most important decision we can make.
So my question to you is this: are you spending your time in life wisely?
I speak with young lawyers all the time who tell me that they’re constantly busy. They’re running from one important thing to the next, without making time for the things they like to do – and to make matters worse – they may not even be pursuing a career that they find truly meaningful. They’re just stuck in a routine.
This begs the question: why would they continue to allow this to happen?
If our time truly were our most valuable resource, then why would we knowingly waste a second of it?
Isn’t it a bit ironic that we will calculate our work life down onto a time sheet, but are unable to account for how much of our lives are spent doing things that are truly important, meaningful, and satisfying?
If this message resonates with you, even a little; you might consider investing a few minutes into accounting for how you are currently spending your time in life, and how you might better spend it.
If you were to create your own personal time sheet that accounts for how you spend your time in any given day, how much of that time would be spent checking and responding to email? Sitting behind a desk? Scrolling through Facebook? Watching television? Looking at your iPhone, Android, or laptop?
Probably a lot. Now consider this:
Imagine yourself at the end of your life, looking back. Imagine all of the things that were important to you. All of those times you spent with people you cared about. All of the adventures you had. All of the fun and unique memories you made. All the accomplishments you achieved. All the times you laughed until you cried. The places you’ve seen. The important things in life. What would that look like?
If I were a betting man, I’d say none of those experiences involved checking email or watching television. I am sure you didn’t think to yourself that you wished you spent more time on Facebook. Or at the office on weekends. Or missing out of the little things because of the number of hours you needed to bill.
If this surprises you, that’s okay. I was there too.
I worked for an amazing law firm for eight years in a practice I enjoyed, doing work I felt important with people I respected. But one day I realized that I wasn’t making enough time in life for the things that I did enjoy. I was so busy doing important lawyer things that I missed out on the little things. And I never had enough time for my passions, hobbies, and things that made me truly happy.
And from that moment on, life changed.
Doing more of what you love and less of what you think you have to do.
Wouldn’t that be time well spent?
Ethan Wall spends most of his time as a social media law attorney, author, professor, and keynote speaker. He founded Let’s Plant a Seed and authors its blog to help people discover their passions in life. He is the President of Social Media Law and Order, an education company created to deliver presentations, seminars, webinars, and educational resources on all subjects relating to social media and the law. He is an elected member of the YLD Board of Governors.