Why is time so important

Know what is important to you!

The end of the year is always a good time for reflection. To ask yourself: What is important to me? What are my values? Did I act in accordance with my values? What can and do I want to do differently in the next year? Just take some time for yourself because it's worth it.

There is a nice quote, the author of which is unfortunately unknown to me:

"Know what is important to you, then you will see how many things in life have no meaning."

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A smart thought.

Each of us is constantly dealing with topics that are almost always very urgent and supposedly extremely important. And we jump all too quickly to this perceived importance, often without critically questioning whether this is really the case.

I openly admit that I very often deal with topics that are actually not so important that they deserve my attention. But sometimes they're more exciting than what's on my desk right now. Or I don't want to disappoint the person who dumped the matter on me. And of course: I can do it better and faster than anyone else anyway. Well, I like to think so.

Is what I'm doing right? Definitely not.

Does it make sense? Sometimes at best.

We all have so little time. Shouldn't we use the time to do what is really important?

What do I use my time for?

My grandma always said: “You get old like a cow and you still learn new things”. With this in mind, I have done a lot this year for my personal development and have gained many new and sometimes surprising insights. At some point in this process, I also defined for myself what is important to me and what I want to focus on in 2020. The list is of course not exhaustive, but I would like to share a few points with you.

My work

I like to work and I work a lot. I've always done it. And I am very grateful that I have been happy and satisfied for most of my professional life so far. Of course, there have been better and worse times and a mistake in choosing a job. But then I quickly corrected that.

Work is part of life. Work is a basic human need. It gives our life meaning and structure. It can bring us joy, albeit every day. We develop with our work. We learn, we get better. Work is good for our self-esteem. And finally, our work also secures our livelihood.

For me personally, the perspective of my work is particularly important. It would be inconceivable for me to stay permanently in a job that is not fulfilling for me. That's why it's not difficult for me to do my best. That is my intention. No matter how good or bad I feel right now.

It is all the more important for me that I focus more on what I can create meaning and add value. And I will consistently implement that in 2020. Even if that means that I will say “no” much more often than now.

friends and family

My family is one of my most important values. My friends are also very important to me. But I often fall short of my own standards.

Sure, I have a lot to do, but I don't want to use the tiresome topic of time as an excuse. The complaint that we are short of time is not helpful. She doesn't change anything. Ultimately, we decide for ourselves what we take time for. And even if we cannot always free ourselves from external circumstances, the responsibility still remains with us.

Only we can decide what is important to us. And only we are responsible for our own priorities.

So I decided to take care of my family more. Calling my brothers more often. To see my godchild and my nephew more often. Invite my mother to me. And of course to keep in touch with my friends - despite the great distance.

My creativity

Oddly enough, I thought for a long time that I wasn't really creative. I have no idea where this inner conviction comes from. Because viewed objectively, that's not true. I've always loved telling and writing stories. I made music for a long time. And I'm an avid photographer. (If you are interested, you can find some of my pictures here.)

But photography in particular, which has been my creative outlet for so long, has gotten a bit under the wheels. I don't know why because I still enjoy it. I haven't found out yet why I take so much fewer pictures than before.

What should be different in 2020?

That's not the only reason I want to make 2020 a creative year. I don't yet know exactly where it's going, I want to use the time between the years for that. I have a lot of ideas, but these ideas should turn into real goals and concrete projects. My to-do for the time between the years. So that 2020 will really be different.

What do you want to do differently in the next year? Regardless of whether it is for business or pleasure: do not undertake too much at once One to a maximum of three goals are enough. Think about why these goals are important to you. And not just on the rational level. Also, think about how you want to feel when you reach your goal. Because that can be a very powerful motivator. And then make a plan with mini-steps.Simply focus on the next smallest possible step - and ideally take it right away.

With this in mind, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.