“Every single day day we are given approximately a thousand minutes to spend on whatever we want.”(Michael Neill)
There are 1,440 minutes in a day, 420 to 480 of which we tend to spend sleeping. In fact, the main difference that I can find between having a thousand dollars a day or a thousand minutes a day to spend is that unlike money – you can always spend one minute at a time.
Here are a few thoughts from life coach Michael Neill on how to make the most of your minutes:
1. Don’t save – spend!
Unlike money (and some cellphone plans), you don’t get to save up the unused minutes from today to spend tomorrow. So rather than spend too many minutes trying to save time, spend just enough minutes planning to ensure you spend the rest of today’s time wisely.
2. Balance consumption with production
Our time is always spent engaged in one of three ways:
- Active input, or consumption – reading, watching TV, listening to music or information, being entertained
- Active output, or production – working, exercising, speaking, selling, writing, creating
- Passive input/output – resting, meditating, being
While some days will inevitably be more about taking stuff in then getting stuff out (or vice-versa), cultivating a balance will keep your energy and enthusiasm for life in a state of easy flow.
3. Give some away to others
While pretty much everybody you meet today will have started with a similar “time balance” as you, there are days where all of us need a little extra support. Here’s a simple rule of thumb:
Every minute you spend making a difference in the life of another human being comes back to you multiplied!
4. Don’t spend it all in one place
Variety isn’t just the spice of life – according to Dr. Greg Berns it’s a prerequisite for fulfillment, growth and a sense of true satisfaction. Consider spending some of your minutes today on something you’ve never done before – going somewhere you’ve never gone, reading something you’ve never read, or even talking with someone you would never normally talk with.
Surprise yourself – it’s one of the easiest ways there is to have fun and learn heaps!
5. Make each minute more valuable
As you probably already know from your own experience, all minutes are not created equal. But what is not so obvious is that what we get back from each minute we spend is not so much a function of where, what, or who we spend it on but rather of how we spend it.
So that’s today’s experiment – to spend your minutes today in a committed fashion, as if each one was being spent on the most important, valuable thing you could possibly be doing with your time. Dance like there’s nobody watching, work like you don’t need the money, and live as if your life depended on it!