I never make my bed. But today I did just so I could time it. It took about 45 seconds. And that’s conservative, because I did a really crappy job. No hospital corners and I certainly didn’t tuck the pillow between the blanket and sheet which is the most pointless thing ever.
What do you really want out of life?
You want to enjoy it. In order to enjoy it, you create things that improve the quality of your life.
You want to create a fantastic childhood for your kids. You want to create a successful and profitable business. You want to create a wonderful relationship with your spouse. You want to create a better life for battered women. You want to create an amazing book that helps lots of people. The list goes on and on.
Why do you make the bed?
The ingredients for these things we desire to create are called resources. Wikipedia defines resources as “a source or supply from which benefit is produced.” Wikipedia goes on to say that “resources typically are materials, money, services, staff or other assets that are transformed to produce a benefit and in the process may be consumed or made unavailable.
When you’re creating something, the resources you use are your skills, materials, tools, etc. You get the idea; it’s anything you might need in order to create that thing. But most of these things will “consume or make unavailable” the most precious resource you have: Time.
You can’t get more time
You can get more money, more staff, more paper, more technology, etc. You can get more of almost everything except time. You can never get more time. Time is the great equalizer. You, me Oprah, Donald Trump, The Dahlia Lama, Barak Obama, Abraham Lincoln, and your mom all have (or had) the same 24 hours in each day. How much each person is able to create is directly determined by how they use those 24 hours each and every day.
You want to create those things of value. Value comes from the time you spend creating it.
Every second you spend doing anything is a second you don’t spend doing something else. Does making the bed give you a more loving relationship with your spouse? Does making the bed make your business more successful? Does making the bed help you get a book written?
If you are creative enough, you can make the answers to any of those questions yes, but add to the end of the question, “more than anything else I could be doing right now?”
You can get more money, you can get more resources, but you can’t ever get more time.
Be careful how you spend your time
As you do everything you do today, ask yourself, “Is this thing I am about to do going to help me create one of the things you want to create?”
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