Time is Precious

Time is precious – Get your priorities straight


We have heard many times people saying “Time is precious”. And if you think about it, time is more valuable than money. Even if you are a millionaire, you cannot buy time. And if you lose it, you can never get it back.

In this blog post, I will be sharing my personal story, and how I realized the hard way that time is precious.

I had to die twice to realize that time is precious

I truly speak from my own experience when I say that time is precious.

I was 19 years old when I died of cardiac arrest. I was clinically dead for 25 seconds.

This episode defines my life.

When it happened, it put everything really quickly into perspective: how I was living my life, how many extra hours I was doing at work, and how much pressure I had.

When I woke up from cardiac arrest and realized what happened, I asked myself…Did I even try to do what I wanted to do? I didn’t do anything. Nothing that people will remember. I will be a number on the bed in the hospital, but nothing else.

No one will care.

And that really hit hard.

I took life really seriously by that time but I decided not to take life so seriously anymore.

Now I take really small things very gratefully, and I don’t take anything for granted.

Every time the sun is on my face, I smile.

I realized that time is precious. So precious that cannot be spent the wrong way.

Before I died for the first time, I thought I was invincible. I had a couple of chronicle diseases since I was a child, so I was always on the edge.

After I died, my brain said, well you died and you came back so now you are actually invincible.

This was a BIG moment. But it was not enough to actually change.

I had to have a second crash to realize how precious time is, and how I was setting my priorities wrongly.

When I was 24 I was diagnosed with Clinical Burnout Syndrome.

Due to this, I basically damaged my spine and I had four discs that herniated and prolapsed and one cut off my spinal cord so I wasn’t able to walk anymore. I could not walk for 4 months.

That was the second moment that defines who I am what I’ve done and where I’m going.

That was the second time I “died”

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Most of the time we tend to forget that time is precious

Most of our life we just waste time and energy on so many different things because there is a common misconception in society: we believe we do have time.

We tend to forget that time is precious. We think we have time and we calculate it wrong.

We postpone things for work, we put the priorities in complete misalignment with what we should be looking out for, because we have these goals that we value, and we forget what gets us there. And what gets us there, is definitely NOT all the work. And suddenly there is a pandemic, and we cannot see our families and people we love, we could have seen them all these years, but we were too busy.

If you think about retirement, the word, re-tire-ment, says that I am going to be tired at the end of my life. I don’t want that. I want something like re-joy-ment.

We need to start shifting our priorities and start valuing time more. Valuing what is really important.

If you are someone who is always chasing time, struggling with time management, and you often think “I don’t have time to…(fill in the blank), you should read my book “The Time Method, a No-Bullshit Guide to Creating an Abundance of Time”.

You can also follow me on Instagram to learn more about this.

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Set priorities straight

Time is really precious, we only get to have the time we are given, and we don’t know how long it is going to last. It can end tomorrow or it can end in 20 years, but you don’t want to have to sit in regret at the end of your life.

So it is not worth working yourself to death, hustle and grind until you are sick. Don’t wait to enjoy life. I want you to think that time is not like money that you can spend and then make more.

If you waste your time, it is gone. So, I advise you to sit down and think about what is really really important to you in your life and make sure you prioritize it every single day.

If you liked this blog post, you will love this Episode from the podcast “Completely Creative”, with Daniel Reece, where he interviewed me and we dove deeper into my life story, the writing of my book, the importance of time, and a lot more!

You can play it here below.

Would love to read what you think about it in the comments section!

Time is precious - Get your priorities straight
Time is precious - Get your priorities straight

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The Time Alchemist

I’m Monique

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Time Alchemy is the courage of breaking your life and business down into pieces, looking at the patterns you are living and moving within daily. 

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