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How to use your $86,400 efficiently?

“How often do you find yourself saying, “In a minute”, “I’ll get to it” or “Tomorrow’s good enough” and every other possible excuse in the book? Compare it with how often you decide it’s got to be done, so let’s get on and do it! That should tell you just how serious your procrastinating problem really is.” - Stephen Richards 


Imagine you are given with $86, 400 every day to spend as you wish and the account gets zero at the end of the day. Also, you are not allowed to carry your balance amount to the next day. When the next day begins, you are given with a fresh $86, 400 and it continues. This $86, 400 is the 86, 400 seconds given to us every day. 86,400 seconds is nothing but 1440 minutes; 24 hours. Seven 24 hours equals a week. Four weeks equals a month. Fifty two weeks constitute a year.

Ratan Tata explained this concept glibly, "If you are lucky, you will live for another 50 years. This is nothing but 2500 weekends.  Enjoy your life as you wish".

Applying Pareto's rule to people who use time efficiently, "20% of the people use 80% of the time efficiently. 80% of the people use only 20% of the time efficiently". What is that the 20% of the people have that we don't have? 

Are you ready to become a part of the 20% of the people?

  • Prepare a list of things to be done in a day with respect to their degree of importance (High to Low).

  • Use the "Urgent-Important Matrix" for the prioritization of items in your To-do list.


  • Most people fail to delegate responsibilities when required as a result of which they get burdened.

  • Don't accept additional responsibilities when you already have a lot of things to do.

  • Avoid Multi-tasking. Researchers claim that, "Multi-tasking makes you unproductive and takes a lot of energy". In a nutshell, do one thing at a time.

  • Take regular breaks of 5-10 minutes for every one hour. It keeps you active throughout the day.

  • Most important thing of all is not to forget and apply the aforementioned rules.

It is never too late to start doing something new. Peter Drucker quoted time stupendously, "Anything that gets measured, gets managed". 

Are you ready to use your $86, 400 efficiently?

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