A young, upwardly mobile professional was driving his sports car out in the country one weekend when he happened upon a farmer in an apple orchard. What attracted the city slicker was that the farmer was holding a pig up to the tree, allowing the pig to munch on an apple, then moving the critter on to the next piece of fruit.
Frustrated by the inefficiency, the man stopped his car, walked up to the farmer and with exasperation fairly dripping out of his mouth, said, "You know, you could save a lot of time if you put the pig down, shook the tree and let the apples fall down on the ground where the pig could eat what he wanted."
The farmer shifted the pig to the next apple, looked over at the young man and said, "What's time to a pig?"
Too many people manage time like that farmer. You've heard the complaints: So much to do, so little time. There are just not enough hours in the day or enough days in the week. Time just got away from me. I lost track of time. I don't have time to do the things I want to do. Sorry I'm late. The excuses flow faster than sands through an hourglass.
If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400 carried over no balance from day to day allowing you to keep no cash in your account, canceling all unused funds at the end of each day, what would you do? You'd spend it on things that you needed and wanted.
Well, you have such a bank. It's called time.
Every morning, your account is credited with 86,400 seconds. Every night, each second not put toward a good purpose is canceled. Time carries no balance forward. Nor does time allow us to borrow against future allocations.
You can only live on today's deposit and invest your time toward what you cherish most in your life: health, happiness and success.
Why is it that some people accomplish so much in their 86,400 seconds—finding time to nurture their relationships, health, mind and spirit—while others waste time making excuses?
The answer lies not in trying to make the pig eat faster, to get an earlier start or to try to hold another pig. The trick is to learn to shake the apple tree. Here are effective ways to start shaking:
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