A Very Special Bank Account
Imagine you had a bank account that deposited $86,400
each morning. The account carries over no balance from
day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and
every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you
had failed to use during the day. What would you do?
Draw out every dollar each day!
We all have such a bank. Its name is Time. Every morning,
it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it
writes off, as lost, whatever time you have failed to
use wisely. It carries over no balance from day to day.
It allows no overdraft so you can’t borrow against
yourself or use more time than you have. Each day, the
account starts fresh. Each night, it destroys an unused
time. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, it’s your
loss and you can’t appeal to get it back.
There is never any borrowing time. You can’t take a loan
out on your time or against someone else’s. The time you
have is the time you have and that is that. Time
management is yours to decide how you spend the time,
just as with money you decide how you spend the money.
It is never the case of us not having enough time to do
things, but the case of whether we want to do them and
where they fall in our priorities.