The Value Of Time

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace & Blessings Be Upon Him) advised to take advantage of 5 things before these five happen. He said: “Take benefit of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death.” – Narrated by Ibn Abbas in the Mustadrak of Hakim & Musnad Imam Ahmad. Sahih)

So why have we become accustomed to expecting we will have time for everything later? Why have we become accustomed to sleeping in late, only to say “I’ll do later” but end up wasting away our day doing absolutely nothing at all. Why is that we end up regretting things we should have done when we actually “had” the time to do it?

You will first need to learn to understand the value of time. You will not know how valuable time is until you wasted all those hours doing what you really should have been doing instead of sleeping in. Sleeping in late is great but do it too often and you will become lazy. You will become a person who is unable to do even the most simplest things. You will become a person whose motivation becomes nothing at all.

Learn how valuable time is. Use it to your advantage even if you have nothing planned through out the day. Sleep early and wake up early and you will eventually find yourself more motivated to complete things which were in the back of your mind. You will notice how much energy you have through out the day.

Set for yourself some goals and work on them. You may not be able to accomplish them today but writing them down and continuing to contemplate those goals and working towards them will eventually make you feel better about yourself.

Time is extremely valuable. You may not value it now but as the years go on you will begin to understand what you should have been doing, instead of what you should have been doing less of. 24hrs in a day. What you invest into those 24 hours, you will get in return. You invest your time into doing nothing at all, being lazy and in return you will get nothing. You invest your time into your goals, even working out or doing something little, you will get back your return investment.

I will repeat, you may not understand the value of time now but you will soon come to understand it. Don’t come to understand it when you have fallen into a deep hole and you are miserable, regretting your past. Learn the value of time now. Work on yourself and learn to manage your time. There has never has been such a thing as, “I don’t have time.” Everyone has time but not everyone knows how to manage it or they just don’t want to do it. Learn to manage your time and you will be able to manage and command your life to be in a certain position, Insha’Allah. If you really want to do something, you will have time as you have made time through out this day, even after you are tired to sit here and read this. You do have time and you are able to control it. Anything is possible, as long as you put your mind to it and learn how to efficiently with effort do what you will make the most of in this world and in the hereafter.

And Allah knows best.

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