Track your time

by Deepak Chopra

Time is eternal. Time is dynamic, forever changing. It is always heading forward. Never retrograde. We cannot harness time, since we can only sense it. Experience it. Time is slave to none. Rather we are like clay in the hands of time and it can shape us the way it wants when we dishonour it by igno-rance, negligence and procrastination. But those who make judicious use of time ride the crest of the waves of success.

Every creation has a fixed time frame, from birth to death, from sowing to harvest, from planting to fruition. Experience, too, comes with time. Our very birth after nine months of successful consummation has great significance. Less or more spells trouble. A child’s physical growth and activities are gov-erned by optimum time periods. The coordi-nation of our various physical movements are governed by responses (impulses and reflex-es) from the nervous system for which time is of great essence. Same goes for our digestive system as well. This means under healthy con-ditions, our body works with clockwork preci-sion. This is a Nature’s marvel.

Others are the planetary movements in the solar system. The rotation of our Mother Earth on its axis in 24 hours has been a disci-pline of Nature for times immemorial.

The tiny cells in our body are so disciplined and perform their duties responsibly in a time bound manner. Any delay or preponement in any of the above activities spells doom, chaos and unhealthy circumstances.

When Nature has provided us with such wonderful support systems, we too should take a cue from them to respect and honour time.

We all have 24 hours in a day. How we uti-lize them determines where we are today. Time management is very significant in determining our movement up the ladder of success. Every activity done today is a foundation for our tomorrows. In other words, our actions today are sculpting our destiny.

“Don’t count every hour in the day. Make every hour in the day count”- Unknown.

We have to consciously decide how to add life to our years. The Pareto Principle, also called the 80 / 20 Rule is a very potent tool and its application is highly recommended for allocation of time to various activities and their prioritisation. According to this princi-ple, 80% of our results come from 20% of our efforts. So we should strive for excellence in a few key areas, rather than good performance in many. We should target a limited number of very valuable goals, rather than pursue every available opportunity.

“If we did realize the difference between vital few and trivial many in all aspects of our lives, and if we did something about it, we could multiply anything that we valued”-Richard Koch.

We are all familiar with the saying that a stitch in time save nine. This means that an action taken at the right time saves us from a lot of trouble.

“Ordinary people think merely of spending time. Great people think of using it.”

Chandigarh based Deepak Chopra is Author of the books: The Secrets of Success and Mantras for Inner Peace

A must-read book : Guruji – 21 Shades of Divinity: A narrative of the author’s experiences in his solitude during the lockdown – of his encounters with different shades of Divinity emerg-ing from his experiences, observations and emotions in his solitude.

It encapsulates the purity of his devo-tion. It will inspire all to come back to it – to rekindle the flame of love and passion for life, to go a notch deeper into spirituality – with Guruji.

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