Use Your Time Wisely

“You have 30 seconds to leave your message, so choose your words wisely.” This was the outgoing voicemail message of my children’s grandfather, Leo, a brilliant professor and writer who lived in San Francisco.

His words were well-chosen: We have only so much time, so we must use it well.

If your expected death date is 2052, you have 33 years left on the planet, or 12,045 days, or 289,080 hours — and even less time if you consider that your final 10 years may be challenging health-wise.

We humans are so incredibly lucky to even exist. We are sentient. We know so much now (and so little) about our world and our universe.

What are your intentions for this one precious life you’ve been gifted? What’s your definition of a successful life? What areas in life do you want to focus on?

You don’t have to be busy all the time. Taking the weekend to relax and vegetate every so often is good on all levels!

But if you only have 12,045 days left until you’re launched out of this earthly existence, shouldn’t you have a plan for how you want to use what you have left?

To paraphrase Leo, use your time wisely.

If you haven’t created your own Intentional Life Plan yet, check out the “Write, Open, Act” workbook for step-by-step details on how to make it happen.

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Author of "Write, Open, Act: An Intentional Life Planning Workbook", Lee is a former Nike public relations leader, entrepreneur, and owner of Weinstein PR.

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Lee Weinstein

Lee Weinstein

Author of "Write, Open, Act: An Intentional Life Planning Workbook", Lee is a former Nike public relations leader, entrepreneur, and owner of Weinstein PR.

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