The Value of time

One of the most frequent excuses I hear from Scouters is that they do not have enough time. Time for family, work, sports, scouting, hobbies, church, volunteering, etc. There’s just not enough time. Well folks, there is plenty of timtimeclockse.. in fact no matter how you slice it, time never changes. There are 24 hours in a day, 168 hours a week, about 672 hours in a month etc.. etc..
Time is constant and extremely valuable. Because there are only 24 precious hours in a day and typically 6 to 8 of them are chewed up in sleep we need to value the time that we have.
So how do we value our time? Just like we value our money.. we make the most out of it. A Scout is Thrifty right? Thrifty is not restricted to dollars and cents, it is good stewardship practicing Leave No Trace, it is not wasting food, it is the idea that we value what we have and make the most of the opportunities that we get. And we get time each day.
How we value that time and make the most of it is important.
So when it comes to time, what do you value? What is important enough to spend time doing it? We do not compromise many of the things that we value. Our character is something never to sacrifice. What makes up that character is also non negotiable when it comes to managing our time. So what is important to you?
Faith, Family, Education, Scouting? Friends, time alone, hobbies? What is it that makes you get up each morning? How do want to spend your 18 or 19 hours a day that you have? Work obviously takes up 8 or so hours.. you need to work to support the rest of your goals, desires, and life style. So you still have 10 hours to do something important with your life? This is what is where your ability to manage time comes in.
The excuses that you don’t have enough time is false, we all have enough time, we just don’t use it well. We waste a lot of time doing what is not important to us. We allow other people to suck our time away.
The three biggest hurdles in time management are the lack of prioritizing, the inability to say “No”, and thriving on just being busy.
We get into a routine of being busy which by and large makes us feel like we are using our time well, but in fact it typically leads us to just being busy and not using time effectively.
I have not always been that great with time management and valuing my time. There have always been things that have been important to me, but using the time that I had was not a priority.
My family has always come first and they always were on the top of my time usage list. It is nice that we have been a Scouting family as it allowed for that time to be spent together.
As I started to learn more and get a deeper appreciation for the value of time I started learning how to get the most of that 672 hours a month. My career has given our family the means to have what we have and do what we have done. But that of the things that mean the most to me. As stated, family is number one and non negotiable.
I started to develop routines and habits to make the most of my time. First I started using lists. They helped my manage things in my life assigning priorities to each item on the list. It was at Wood Badge that I learned and started setting goals. Personal, Scouting, Family, and other parts of my life. Setting goals became a habit after Wood Badge and an important part of managing my time. Goal setting showed me the value of time. It clearly identifies those things in your life that you really want to happen. It clearly focuses how you are going to spend your 24/7.
Oh yeah.. and you get things done. You stop being busy and do the things that have value in your life.
So you get 24 hours in a day. How do you use it to get things done? How do you prioritize your time to do the things in your life that you value and feel important?
Set Goals, Prioritize those goals, make lists, and value your time.
The next time you go to make an excuse.. don’t.. just look at your list and know that you are in control of your time.
How do you use your time?
Have a Great Scouting Day?

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