John Wooden's Take on Time Management

It doesn't matter what you do in life. It doesn't matter how successful or unsuccessful you were or are in athletics. It honestly doesn't matter if you even played sports at all. One fact holds true to any person walking this earth: Everybody can learn how to better live their life through the lessons from Coach John Wooden.

This particular lesson is on something I think most of us can improve: Time Management

I want you to imagine something:

Every morning, when you wake up there is a deposit into your personal checking account of $86,400. Who wouldn't like to see that deposit? I know I would. As with anything, there is a "catch" of course. By the end of each day, whatever portion of the money remains unspent, is gone forever. No rollover. No saving for later. EVERYTHING MUST GO! 

Everyone would like to think, "Well obviously I would spend it all. How easy is that?" I would love to agree with you, but as we are creatures of habit, you may become complacent after a week and leave a good chunk of your money left unspent on anything, or anyone else. Imagine leaving $50,000 on the table unspent on something? That could change lives!

The reason I chose the exact figure of $86,400 for this example is because that is the exact number of seconds we have every day. So every day you get 86,400 seconds deposited into the bank of time. This is something that can help you put value into each day. You have so much time to sleep, so much time to work, so much time for just yourself, and so much time for others. Think of the way you spend your time as the way you'd be spending that money.

If you spend a Saturday binge watching on Netflix, put that money into a figure and find a way to spend it on yourself. After awhile you may begin to think differently about how you spend your free time. One hour of time wasted equals out to $3,600 spent on yourself. Call a relative. Spend time with your friends. Volunteer in the community. Looking at actually doing something for someone or spending the time on yourself wiser can make your days much more valuable. This will in turn make your life more valuable. 

This lesson came from a book that should be on everybody's book shelf (digital or real), called Coach Wooden One-On-One by John Wooden and Jay Carty. The premise of the book is that there is a lesson for each day for 60 days. This particular lesson came from Christian comedian Robert G. Lee as his take on time. If you want to only read one lesson a day, think about it, you can do that. If you are like me and can't put it down unless you're taking notes on it, you'll finish it in a few days. It's a book I go back to read repeatedly. 

So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days.

Ephesians 5: 15-16