Trying to add on something different to what others have already mentioned - Time is the essence of life.When we find a little free time what some of us do is waste it in idle chatting, gossiping, flipping through papers, dreaming or brooding about something unpleasant event in our lives. A glimpse at the Life of Mahatma Gandhi in prison will reveal that Gandhiji, instead of wasting time in prison, engaged in teaching discipline and daily order to other prisoners, learnt many languages, learnt about other religions and cultures.
Usain Blot who ran less than 10 seconds in a race, is estimated to earn Rs 13,00,000 per second in a year.This to me reflects the value of time, the disciplined way in which he has spent time over many years planning and training to reach this level. It's easy to say that I don't have enough time but yet there are many people who do much more than others in the same 24 hours that all of us have. Planning our day and prioritisation of the daily tasks from an early stage helps us to achieve better.
The other aspect is the quality of time we spend. One of my friends used to say, I set apart 15 mins each day to read about something creative and 30 minutes a day to spend with my children where he listens to his kids (stories, school experiences, how they played). I had never done this, once I started, I realised its value compared to endlessly pressing the TV remote button. If anyone has a 5-year-old and has not done this, try this for a week.
As years flash by we suddenly realise that children are grown up, the charm in a couple has worn out a bit and we wish we had done things differently. So many life skill books encourage us to set a couple of days every 6 months or a week every year to sit down and spend time on analysing how the time of our lives(6 months or 1 year) has gone by and its impact on our personal, family, financial and social aspects of our lives.
The clock never stops ticking and time never stops flying, so it's up to us to change ourselves to utilize time in a more constructive way.