What’s the big deal about this number? Nothing and everything, but that depends on the individual and the knowledge they possess. So why 1440?
Some of you already know, 1440 is the number of minutes in a day. I’ve always tried to be cognizant of how many hours I spend on particular activities daily and weekly, but as of recently I’ve started to dig even deeper.
I’ve started breaking my days down into minutes. This may sound ridiculous to some of you, but to others it’s how you live your life.
Value in a minute
Start seeing the value in every single minute. Think about some valuable things you can accomplish in a minute. You can tell a loved one you love them and show a bit of affection.
You can tuck your kids in to bed or even just make your bed in the morning. Or maybe you could put a load of laundry in the washer or take out the garbage.
There are lots of these examples, if you give it a minute I’m sure you can think of many more. See what I did there? 🙂
Doing this will get you into a mindset that focuses on the value of every minute. These minutes add up daily and by the end of the week simple changes can give you an hour or more of your time back to allocate on more important matters.
A very basic example of this is to consider how much time is spent in a shower. I’ve known folks over the years that find it normal to take 30 minute showers daily. If this is you, listen up!
If you remove 10 minutes of time from this shower, by weeks end you’ve gained over an hour. Almost an hour and a half.
Now do this to a few more activities. Easy targets are television or online browsing. I know many people who will spend hours a day just browsing online. If you were to cut some of this time daily, by the end of the week you’ll have gained a few more hours.
“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”– Steve Jobs
With a few activities approached in this way you can see how it’s possible to actually gain an entire “work day” back. Granted, this isn’t for everyone. Some are not interested in being more productive and enjoy the prospect of just lounging and those extra long showers.
However, for those of you who have high ambitions and schedules that have limited time available, just start counting minutes. You’ll find out really quickly where in your daily and weekly routines you can start recovering time.
Something that I noticed while in a short career in corporate was the scheduling of hour long meetings. Even thirty minute meetings tested my patience.
To some extent I know part of corporate culture is made up of the daily niceties. The small talk filled with asking others about their days, their kids, their weekends, the weather or whatever else seems to be the topic of the day.
“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hours days.”– Zig Ziglar
However, this was the culture that I struggled with because I saw hours of my week getting consumed with content that wasn’t specific to the task I needed to accomplish.
What’s even worse was some of the corporate culture that was an unwritten necessity. If you wanted to be “in the know” regarding projects and new developments it was important to participate in the out of office get togethers or happy hours.
If you didn’t show up then you might not get the same info on the project the others have. This created a bit of a ridiculous environment for me and one I eventually pulled away from after a few years of jumping through the hoops.
1440: Every one counts
Every minute is as important as the last. I’ve reached a point in my life where I’ve had the unfortunate, but expected experience, of knowing quite a few folks who’ve passed away.
I can only imagine that when I finally reach my last few breaths I’ll be considering my life’s accomplishments. Pondering my time spent on personal activities, social events, family gatherings, travel… all the things.
I can only hope that when I get there I’ll feel a sense of fulfillment. A feeling that I spent my time well and every minute was used as best as possible.
The last thing I’d want to think about is how I wished I’d taken showers that were a couple minutes shorter. Wishing I could have spent a few more hours with loved ones. Start paying attention to the minutes and you’ll start finding hours you didn’t know you had.
If you have questions or ideas you’d like to have me dig into, please feel free to connect and I’ll see how I can help! Until next time, keep living that Tasty Dangerous lifestyle!