“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” – William Penn

I was part of a practice group retreat recently where the topic of conversation was about how we relate to time. I have talked about how we try to compete on time, which is finite and offers no competition because the minutes tick away the same for all of us. And yet we say how busy we are as though we are more important than others.

Let’s make it really practical – 168 hours in a week, and the average human has 4,000 weeks in their lifetime. How are you spending your time? What investment are you making with it? And are you feeling the return? What if you treated your time like it was a currency, and you examined where you spent it? Would your investment align with your values? In other words, would a spreadsheet of your week reveal that your priorities align with what you say is important? The first step in any change is evaluating the current state. Try it. Track your time for one week, and see where you are investing your most finite resource.