1,440 Minutes

Mike Morgan -a pizza guy

I was cleaning out some old boxes in my office the other day when I came across an old analog clock. I watched as the second hand crossed the 12 and stared at the clock for the next minute. I was amazed by how long a minute is. How many minutes do we have? According to Google, the average American lives 41,333,184 minutes in their lifetime. This seems like a lot until you realize that these minutes are passing us by at the rate of 1,440 per day. You had 1,440 minutes yesterday. How did you use them? The most important of those 41 million minutes that you may have are the 1,440 that are sitting in front of you. The next day full of minutes can be the launching pad for your dreams and ideas. These minutes, once wasted, squandered or ignored are lost forever. Make the next 1,440 minutes matter.

Some practical ideas I have found helpful to maximize my 1,440.

Complete a Daily Inventory

When it is time for you to go to bed, take a few minutes to complete an inventory of the day’s activities. How many commitments to yourself did you fulfill? How many did you break? How much time did you devote to making yourself better tomorrow? How much of your 1,440 did you waste? How much time did you spend doing things that feel good vs things that are good for you? Be honest with yourself and identify areas for improvement. You have another 1,440 on tap for tomorrow!

“If you don't pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.”

-David Allen

Slowly Reduce Waste

When you identify things that are wasting your time, slowly reduce them. Going cold turkey on TV or iPhone games is a difficult strategy that has a low probability of success. If you spent 3 hours yesterday, try to get that number down to 2.5hrs within a week. It is a long race, pace yourself.

“There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want.”

-Bill Watterson

Create a “go-to” List

Make a list of “go-to” activities that are helping you to grow. Purchase a new book on a subject you are interested in or read some of one you already have. Your list can have whatever you want just look for activities that will leave you better tomorrow than you are today. When you arrive at those moments in your day where you don’t know what to do, pluck an item from your list and attack it. This will help you to easily divert your idle time from TV, etc towards activities that are helping your growth.

"We shall never have more time. We have, and always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going... Concentrate on something useful."

-Arnold Bennet