Episode #97 Value Your Time

There is nothing more valuable than our time. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Gabe Dunbar reflect on the brevity of life and the magnitude of each and every moment.

Show Notes

If someone embezzled $100,000 out of my account, I would be furious. And yet, if people take away my time, I tend to be like, "Meh, it was just time.”
Dr. Michael Brown

Three Problems

  • Our priorities are not measured by our intentions but by how we spend our time.
  • Although we can add or subtract time from our lives based on our choices, we can never know the exact amount of time that remains in our ‘time account.’
  • Unlike money, time can never be saved; it can only ever be spent or invested.

Five Principles

  • We should not be stingy with our time, but we should be very careful with how we choose to invest it.
  • When we have a clear understanding of what is most important to us, it is easier to say “no thank you” to opportunities that are not a good use of our time.
  • As we become more efficient with the way we spend our time, we create more margin to invest in the relationships that matter most.
  • At the end of our lives, it is human connection that will be at the forefront of our minds.
  • Each dollar carries a quantifiable value, but each minute carries an immeasurable and infinite value.

Three Practices

  • Schedule one-on-one time every single month with the people who are most important to you.
  • Identify which hour of your week has the lowest value, and consider how you can make that hour become more valuable.
  • Carry a physical object with you every day to serve as a reminder that tomorrow is never guaranteed.