"Time is what we want most, but what we use worst." - William Penn

Time is our most precious asset, and none of us know how much of it we have left.

It's ironic, then, how easily we let it slip away. An hour for a meeting, an hour in traffic.

Next time you get asked to spend an hour doing something, just hold it up to this filter before you decide:

  • Each year, we are each allotted 8,760 hours. Most of us spend 30% of that sleeping, so in reality you have 6,132 hours per year to work with.
  • Of those, you'll likely spend at least 2,000 of them working, leaving just over 4,000 for everything else -- your family, your kids, yourself.
  • Even a long lived life is only 700,800 hours, and you'll only be awake for 500,000 of them. If you limit that to productive adult years, it's more like 350,000 hours that count.

Treat those hours preciously, and do great things with them, because you can never get them back.

The background picture is a watch my amazing wife gave me years... make that about 35,000 hours... ago. Feels like an antique in this age of iWatches!