Friends, today I am going to speak on a subject that affects us all, every day, every hour, every minute and every second. Yes…the subject is Time. Time is the most precious thing for a man as it comes only once in someone’s life and never stays long. Our life is like a bubble, a short morning dream. Therefore, we should take good care and make the best use of it. In other words, we must understand the value of time.
Time management is basically planning and dividing one’s time in a constructive way. We all have a number of activities that have to be taken care of in a particular period of time.
So we should be able to plan our activities in such a way that we are able to complete all the work in a given span of time. A great philosopher wisely said, “Time is short, not for rest, think your aim and do your best”.
If we were to take care of our minutes then the ‘hours’ and ‘days” will take care of themselves. It is said that ‘Time is more precious than money’. This is because money lost in business or otherwise, can be gained or earned again. But time once lost, can never come back. To illustrate my point, I would like to make a few comparisons: – To known the value of one year, ask the student who failed.
– To know the value of one month, ask the mother of a premature baby.
– To know the value of one week, ask the editor of a weekly. – To know the value of one day, ask the daily wage worker. – To know the value of one minute, ask the passenger who missed the train. – To know the value of one second, ask the person who escaped an accident. We all grow in time, live in time and ultimately, perish in time. There may not be an exact definition of time, but we all know what it is and its great value in a person’s life. A man has a lot of wants.
We want fame, success, money, happiness, love, etc. There is no end to our desires. However, only a few are successful, prosperous and happy. These few are the ones who realized the value of time. They made the best use of their time and attained an enviable position in the society. People, who made effective usage of time at their disposal, got the best from time. But those who forgot the value of time found to their utter dismay that it was harsh on them later. In other words, successful persons use time in the best possible manner to achieve their goals.
Most of us waste our precious time in unnecessary things such as gossip, roaming-aimlessly, grieving over the past blunders or day dreaming. It must always be kept in mind that, “Time and tide wait for none”. Time can be spent wisely or foolishly. The choice is ours and so are its consequences. Life is not a bed of roses. Each one of us has to face a number of problems in life. We have to be bold and courageous enough to face them. Problems are faced by men of courage only. Escapists always avoid problems. Bad times teach us a lot.
They prepare us for a prosperous and glorious future. When difficult times arrive, they prepare us for a better life. We will then be able to handle problems with more maturity, stability and courage. Basically, time and opportunity once lost can never be recovered. The flow of time is ceaseless and eternal and we all are like small insignificant particles in this endless and continuous flow. Time is eternal and endless but human life is very limited, finite and short-lived. Hence, successful people make the best use of time in their lives. A work done is time earned.
A decision taken at an appropriate moment can work wonders so we must all learn to strike the iron when it is hot. We must make the best us of good times. We must make arrangements for the bad times during the good times. When bad times knock at our doorstep, we should face them bravely with perseverance. That is how a rational and strong man is supposed to fight his battles of life. Ultimately a seasoned and an experienced human being would be able to master time with his resources, skills and careful planning. A proper use of time means the right use of an opportunity. As a very popular saying goes – ‘A stitch in time saves nine’.
As opportunities in life are few and far between, so is time precious and limited. Those of us who miss an opportunity or waste time, have to repent all our life. This implies that we must be punctual, disciplined and regular in our work-schedule. One should inculcate the habit of early rising as one can complete a number of takes before the day has even started. For this, once must never be plagued with lethargy and bad habits. Some of them sleep late at night, laziness, remaining glued to the television or addicted to drugs. etc. So take the following steps to manage time: 1. Keep a time record.
Fix time for each activity and see that the work is completed within the time frame. 2. Short term goals: Set the goal for each day, week or a month, so that you can make sure that the time is spent in a systematic manner. 3. Planning – Plan and use your time in such a way that you have a clear idea of what you want to do with the day, make out a definite program, know what you like doing with your leisure. 4. Interruptions – Don’t’ allow any one to disturb you when you are doing an important work. 5. Relaxation – Relaxation is also important, so do spare for it. 6. Doing it right the first time.
To conclude, it is foolishness to think that we can make up for the lost time There is a popular saying that ‘the past is dead and the future is unborn’. There are no tomorrows and yesterdays. It is ‘today’ which is important. Time is very powerful. It has more power than the mightiest of monarchs, for they come and go, but time remains forever, without an end or a beginning. So, we must ensure that we make the best use of time in our limited span of life. All great men are the great economizers of time. They have left their foot prints on the sands of time… we should try to follow them and learn to make the best use of time. Thank You.