We only have so much time in a given day, and with work, school, family, and relationship demands, there never seems to be enough time to go around. If we all had another 3-4 hours in the day, I think we would all be happier. But would we?
Technology is wonderful! My cell phone now repaces: a wall-mounted phone, paper maps, bulky desktop computer with a mere 56K modem (cue modem noises here), and an analog camera. It also has more computing power and a faster internet connection than my first desktop. It lets me stay in touch with family and friends – some of which are in different states and countries! I can also stay on top of the latest news, world happenings, and life events of my friends. I even get instant notifications if someone makes a post or emails me.
All of this great technology helps us to… well, honestly, be busier. It seems like most people are running from one thing to another, not really ever paying attention to what they are doing in the moment, while looking at their phone, typing on a computer (yes, I am doing that now), or thinking about the next thing to do. This happens because there is too much to do in the day, and not enough time. Or does it? Consider this quote from the Fellowship of the Ring:
“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
As Gandalf points out, it is our decision what we do with our time. The book “Eat That Frog!: Twenty-one Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time” discusses the importance of scheduling our day with a focus on what will have the biggest impact. You see, we don’t have 28 hours in a day, so something has to be left for another day. Why let the day tell you if that will be a very important phone call, meeting, etc.? When we decide what we do with our time, we become more effective. How can you take control of your time today?