The other day I was talking with my friend, Bob Brown, about a project I’m currently working on. I shared with him how I have found that there are basically three collections for our time each week. Seeing that each represents a third of our time, he quickly helped me label it the Trinity of Time. Being that he is also a Pastor may have helped too.
Time is a resource that we are each given an equal portion of every day. For us to make the most of our lives, we have to become intentional with how we spend and invest each hour. Those that do, excel. Those that don’t always wonder where the time went.
The Currency of Time
We all have heard the phrase, “Time is money.” But for a moment, I want you to think of time as if it were actual currency. Now, pretend you are handed 168 tokens of hours each week to spend on whatever you wish. You can purchase sleep, work, time with family, television, entertainment, and so on. You get the idea.
You have to also understand that what you spend your time on is final. You cannot get a refund on any time spent and there are no exchanges, period. Because so, that is why you must be intentional with each hour if you are to do great things. Time is highly valuable as it is not an endless supply. One day, your bank account of time will run out.
Now let’s take a look at the three collections I mentioned above.
Sleep Time (The First Third)
The first portion of our time is spent on sleep. We need plenty of rest to be on top of our game each day. So be mindful and do not cut short on your amount of sleep as it can greatly affect your drive the following day.
I, like the average, require about 8 hours every night to have peak performance during the day. So 8 hours a day for a week equals 56 hours. This represents approximately 33% of my week’s time and so it is why sleep makes up a full third of the week.
Work Time (The Second Third)
The next portion of time is spent working. I have read different statistics on the average number of hours worked per week but for myself, it ends up being around 50 to 55. This includes all travel and any other work related time spent. So this number could range greatly depending on your current work schedule.
As you can see that at 55 hours, this represents another third of the week. So between sleep and work, two thirds of our week are already spent.
Free Time (The Leftovers)
The final hours left in the week equals roughly 57 hours (give or take depending on your schedule). That of course represents the last third of the week’s time. And the good news is that you can spend it mostly on what you want.
This can be spent on family or friends, reading or television, traveling or relaxing. The options are many. So, with this time, the question I ask you is, “Are you spending it wisely?” I ask because many have goals and dreams but spend their free time carelessly and then say they don’t have time to work on them.
“Time is like a pet. Once you name it, you own it. Label each hour in the day and be productive.” – Jason Hoover
You must set your priorities and claim those hours. Invest that time into your personal or professional growth. Spend it on building your business or whatever you are passionate about. Just don’t waste it away because you will never get it back.
Understand that if you are not working on what you are passionate about (Work Time), then spending a third of your life each week doing something else will ultimately affect the rest of your time. You will not sleep as well (Sleep Time) and during your Free Time, you will often remember you have to eventually go back.
If you are not working on your calling in life, then I encourage you to map out your free time to include working towards that purpose. It will take sacrifice but the value of doing what you love and were designed for is far greater than what you have to give up now.