Time Management and Choices

Eighty-six thousand, four hundred.

The argument made to me was to imagine having a job earning 86,400 dollars a year. Then imagine making a wrong choice and losing 400 dollars. Are you willing to toss the rest of the 86,000 dollars away for that simple error?

Let me say this another way, there are 86,400 seconds in a day. If an argument takes six minutes of your day, does it make sense to toss the rest of the day away?

This story has been told before but smarter people than myself. It is not new.

I ended up telling this story to my son, trying to teach him about time management instead of having mental health get the best of a person, which was the initial purpose of the story.

My son was up at eleven at night, wanting to read a book after I had told him all day to do just that. He spent the day playing video games, and it was hard to get him to understand that the choices he made had consequences. For him, it was that if he played video games all day, then he had no time to read a book.

But this is relevant to me. I make choices every day, and they have consequences. If I play a video game, I end up losing hours from my life. I have a long list of goals I want to accomplish, and if I make bad choices, spending those 86 thousand seconds on bad decisions matters.

Time is the biggest commodity we are all given each day. Sleep for eight hours: that’s 28,800. Argue with your spouse: that’s 600. Binge-watch 6 hours worth of Netflix: that’s 21,600. These add up. I work at my writing between 6 and 10 hours a day: that’s between 21,600 to 36,000 each and every day. I do it cause I don’t watch Netflix. I don’t let myself throw away all 86,800 for 1000 worth of a bad day. I’m not perfect, but I strive to make each day better than the last.

So, how do you spend your 86,400?

This journey is not something I can do alone. It takes support from many people for it to become a reality. The easiest way is to visit my Amazon Author Page and purchase one of my books. They are available in all countries and for free in Kindle Unlimited. I do have a tip jar set up at Ko-Fe, where you can buy me a coffee. Or you can also visit me on Facebook. Your help and support are much appreciated.


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