Minimalism focuses on eliminating things that don't bring value. Productivity is about creating more value faster or more efficiently. But what is Value?
Value is time.
Value can be described as what I am willing trade my time for. Time is the only thing I actually have, spending my time at work means I want what works give me, spending my time eating junk food means I want what junk food gives me, spending my time with my friends and family means I want what hanging out with them gives me.
Time is non-renewable. I can’t look at my day, hit the rewind button and try again. The things I did in the past 24 hours don’t change. The only power I have is to change the next 24 hours. So what ever I spend my time is what I value. Each time I decide to over think something or each time I decide to not be the person I want to be that decision is permanent.
As I look at my day and how I have decided to spend my time, I see some things that I don’t like and see other things that I think are good choices. If I only focus on where I failed or if I try to make “all” of my time productive, then I end up stressing about everything I do, which is actually unproductive. Having the right mind set while reviewing my time is essential to decrease that negativity.
Value is time, helps point out two things. Spending time wisely should be a priority and extending your time should also be a consideration. A quick example.
Which Car Is Better Used
- A car that driven as fast and as far as possible, until it is unusable.
- A car that is maintained and driven fast some times when the situation calls for it. The goals of the car are enjoying the ride and maintaining the car.
I personally believe the second car is the better used car. This allows for things which may not give me immediate pay off (going to bed earlier, eating healthy food, relaxing, etc.) but in the long run can give me more time to spend here on earth.
Why am I writing on this blog if I am so concerned about value. Shouldn’t I be doing something which gives me value. The thing is me writing posts that may help others does make me happy, because it means that others may able to extend their time a little longer or may use it a little more intentionally.
I don’t have the power to live on earth forever, I could be dead a few moments after posting this blog. This thought is both sad and empowering. It shows how little of an influence I can have on my own existence and it shows how important it is to focus on adding value to my life today.