Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. ~ William Penn

In just over two weeks, I will receive the ultimate gift, the gift of time. March 9th 2012 is my last day working in my 9-5, five-day a week job, with its associated four-hour a day commute. As a result I will suddenly find myself with an extra 12 hours a day. That’s an extra 60 hours a week that were previously filled with work and commuting that are now mine to do with as I please.

Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. ~ M. Scott Peck

When I think about my round the world trip, which starts on March 28th, this new abundance of time is one of the things that excites me the most. Over the course of a working year, it adds up to an extra 2,700 hours or 112 extra days to do with as I please. When I think about all of this extra time, my mind starts to race with how I will spend it. Here’s just a few of the things that I’m currently craving more time to do:

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Creating
  • Sleeping

Even if I did an hour of these things a day I would still have 6 hours extra left to play with, not to mention the amount of spare time a day I already had. Initially I imagine that those extra 6 hours will be filled with sight-seeing but I also envisage spending a significant proportion of my time creating resources to both give away and sell here at Life is Limitless.

Lost time is never found again. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Realising that 50% of my time each day from Monday to Friday has been tied up with my work and commute has made me think long and hard about the importance of time and the value that I place upon it. I read recently that if you work from the age of 19 until 65 and you work a standard eight-hour per day job, excluding weekends, taking four weeks of holiday per year, you will spend around 127 months (or 29,007 days, or 696,162 hours) of your life working.

Considering these figures, isn’t it vital that what you do during these hours is something that is both enjoyable and fulfilling for you? I grew up believing that loving your job was something extremely rare and that we could only hope for but I’m now of the opinion that life is too precious to waste it doing work that I don’t enjoy.

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. ~ Carl Sandburg

Because I know that leaving your job is easier said than done, I will be sharing more details with you in future posts about how my journey from full-time paid employment to self-employment is progressing, but for now I just wanted to share with you the new-found appreciation I have for my precious time in the hope that it inspires you to re-evaluate how you spend yours.

How much of your life do you spend doing things that you don’t enjoy? If you could take this time back what would you spend it doing instead? Have you thought about quitting your job to do something more fulfilling but haven’t because of fear? Please let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you and if you’ve enjoyed the post please share it by hitting one of the buttons below.