Time and Tide Wait for None

What would you do with an extra 20 hours every month?

There was this little wise bit regarding time I read several years ago… I thought it might be a great reminder for many of us.  

Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning with $86,400, carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day.

What would you do?
Draw out every cent, of course!
Well, everyone has such a bank. The Bank of Time.
Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.
Every night the bank writes off, as a loss, any part you have failed to invest to good purpose.
It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.
Each day it opens a new account for you.
Each night it burns the records of the day.
If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours.
There is no going back. There is no drawing against tomorrow.
You must live in the present on today's deposits.
Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!
The clock is running. Make the most of today.


Time is invaluable because we are all allotted the same 24 hours a day for each and every day we’re alive.  Nothing can stop the flow of time, and once it’s past, it’s gone forever. You’ll never get it back.

Have you let that reality sink in?

If there is at least one thing we all have in common, it is our need for time. Time is required to accomplish work or run a business. It takes time to prepare a meal and sit down to eat. We need time to tend to our daily needs and routines. We need time to know and understand our spouses, loved ones, our kids, and our friends. Have you noticed that most relationships require more time than we have to dedicate to them? And we all need restful sleep to wake up ready to do it all over again.

How does one avoid the feeling that there simply isn’t enough time to do everything we need to do in that block of 24 hours?

If you had more time, would you find your life would be much better than it is?  Would you find your business has improved?  Would you find less stress in your life? Would your health and fitness goals be achieved? Would your relationships benefit with you being more present in them?

If you’re like me, those answers are probably Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes.

So how do you ensure you use time wisely?

For starters, you might begin using time management tools to help plan your day. Effective time management can help you find the time for what you need to do. If you use time management correctly, you can actually create the time you need, rather than sitting around and waiting for time to arrive. By the simple task of planning your time wisely, you will find you have more time to do more of what you want or need to do in a single day.

  • Time management will help you establish your priorities and as a result, will help you reduce wasted time and energy. You’ll probably find you’ve become way more productive than you were just yesterday.
  • Time management will help you make conscious choices on how you spend your time, so you can spend more of your time doing things that are important and valuable to you, and accomplish more with less effort.

Even an extra 15 minutes of planned time per day will give you close to 2 hours at the end of the week. An extra 30 minutes of planned time per day would be nearly 4 hours of extra time by the end of the week. Would your spouse or your kids love to take advantage of that extra time? Would your body thank you for exercising 4 hours a week? Would you enjoy 4 hours to read, meditate, or work on a long-lost hobby? Or simply sit in quietude and reflect on all you’ve accomplished?

By the time the month is over, you could find you had an extra 16 to 20 hours of time that you got back, all from simply planning your day rather than letting it slip away.

So now that you’ve had some time to consider it, what would you do with an extra 20 hours each month?

If time management doesn’t work for you, then your solution could be to buy that extra time. If you find you could use some help in certain areas of your life or business, enlist the help of a professional to help you accomplish your goals. This can be in the form of a life coach, a counselor or therapist, a professional or personal trainer, and yes, even a bookkeeper. There are people available with the know-how to get things done for you and do it efficiently, and if you let them, you’ll be freeing up more time for yourself to start living life again.

And for parting words, another piece that’s been stuck in this head of mine:

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Time is valuable. Use it wisely!

Robert Skaggs