How to Live Every Moment to The Fullest
Enjoy the present, learn from the past, and shape a better future
What does time mean to you? Depending on who you’ll ask, you get one of the following answers:
- Time is money
- Time is love
- Time is play
- Time is work
- Time is a thing of the past
Your answer tells a lot about how you spend your time. That makes me think about something.
Why do we often carefully think before we spend our money but don’t do the same when we spend our time?
Do we value money more than time? If you look at all the inspirational quotes on social media, you would think everyone is conscious of their time. You often hear things like, “time is your most important asset,” and, “you can earn back money but you can’t earn back time.”
I agree with those things. But what I don’t get is that every year, people spend more time on their devices. The average daily time spent consuming content was nearly seven hours a day in 2020! It was of course the year of the pandemic, and numbers were higher than usual.
But still, we waste a lot of our time. And I’m not immune to that either. While we can never avoid wasting any time, and do things that give us energy and joy 100% of the time, we can make better use of the time we have.
I recently read The Time Paradox by Philip Zimbardo and John Boyd, who are both renowned psychologists. In that book, they talk about using time perspectives to change the way you live.
This is a topic most of us never think about. We just use our time without having a system. We often just follow our intuition. That’s how we end up overthinking, stuck in the past, and miserable about our days.
The 3 time perspectives of the human mind
When we think about time, we usually think of the following states and how they impact our actions:
- Past: When you’re focused on the past, you’re often paralyzed by what has happened to you. You either wish your life was like the “good old days” or you wish certain things didn’t happen. People…