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Chapter 5. It's About Time > Your Relationship with Time - Pg. 46

It's About Time 46 The fact that you can't manage or control time shouldn't come as a major disappointment, because if you think about it, you probably wouldn't want to manage time anyway. How you spend your time is your life. Do you want to think of your life as having to be "managed"? Life is to be lived, not managed. You're Not Alone Time is man's most precious asset. All men neglect it; all regret the loss of it; nothing can be done without it. --Voltaire Your Relationship with Time Whether you're the type who's naturally inclined to want to manage and control time or is usually fairly go-with-the-flow and oblivious to where the time goes, you have your own unique relationship with it. Just as in your dealings with other human beings, your relationship with time probably has its ups and downs. Being Bullied by Time Some people are in a perpetual fight with time. They believe that it's not on their side or that it passes too quickly. Think about the colorful and sometimes even violent expressions some people use when describing how time pressures make them feel: · · · · · · · Pulled in too many different directions Spread too thin Burning the candle at both ends Treading water Swamped Pressed Pushed to the breaking point Action Tactic It's a morbid thought, but imagine you found out you were going to die in 48 hours. What would you regret about how you've spent your time up until now, and what would you do with the remaining time? Think about it and see if clues to your true priorities emerge.