Time and Equity

All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that. – Baltasar Gracian

Although time can be seen as tough, harsh and blind to all, time obeys the law of equity.

Time is neutral and impartial to everyone on the surface of the earth regardless of your location, race, color, creed, age, sex and beliefs. Time allocates itself equally to everyone on the surface of the earth.

I have not heard from any source, never from any research carried out on the surface of the earth that there are some set of persons who enjoy more than 24 hours in a day. Seasons may differ, but time is always equal.

All of us live in time and have equal measure of it.

It therefore bits my imagination when people say they don’t have time for something Key in their lives whereas others allocate time for the same opportunities.

This is the wisdom I have gleaned: out of the constant time that is available to all (24 hrs), you must allot the measure that you need for the opportunities you need to explore.

“I don’t have time” is a fallacy and pretty subjective.

Let me ask you the following as it applies to you:

  • why have you not dropped the weight you planned to drop?
  • Why have you not started the business you desire to start?
  • Why are you not reading the books you penciled down to read?
  • Why have you not visited the orphanage you have been planning to visit?

If your answer is “I don’t have the time”, my thinking is this: perhaps, these tasks and activities may not be a priority for you.

You know what, there is always time for anything that is important to you.

Mr. Stephen R. Covey in one of his best-selling books (7 habits of highly effective people) made a very profound statement. He said and I quote him: “Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”

This concept was first introduced by Dwight D. Eisenhower,(34th President of the United States of America) who thought that time should be spent in categories of importance and urgency.

Steven Covey while popularizing  the concept explained that most of our activities in life are divided into four (4) time quadrants and it requires good levels of understanding to know what tasks to allocate time to. Using the matrix of the combinations of important, not important, urgent and not urgent go a long way to determine what we should allocate our times to.

He taught that Quadrants III and IV include things that, urgent or not, do not matter (not important). Therefore, effective people do not waste their time in these quadrants.

Effective people spend more time in Quadrant II, minimize the time spent in Quadrant I, and do not worry too much about Quadrants III and IV. In Quadrant II (important, but not urgent things) lies the heart of effective personal management.

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four-hour days. Zig Ziglar

I have never seen someone who is really sick in the true sense of it who says he/she does not have time to go to the hospital.

Meaning, whatever is important to you gets a fair share of your time. whatever is not important however can be categorized as secondary or even ignored.

Doris Lessing said: “It is the mark of great people to treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important.”

If you spend more time watching television than studying, it only means that watching television for you is more important than working out; if you spend more time chatting and partying with friends instead of working out in a gym, it suggests that you have more priority for socializing than you have for exercising.

Time is not just faithful in equity; it is a good judge that makes clear to us what we have chosen as our priorities.

I love the way Zig Ziglar puts it: “Time can be an ally or an enemy. What it becomes depends entirely upon you, your goals, and your determination to use every available minute.”

What else can I say at this juncture than to encourage you to deliberately and consciously examine closely the things that take the huge chunk of your time on a daily basis. If they are activities and tasks that are low in value and do not contribute in the long run to the achievement of your laudable dreams, kindly cut them off. If the opposite is true, ride on.


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