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Twofer Tuesday: On Free Time & Quiet Time

Time is something we all struggle with. It goes too quickly, catches us off guard, is wasted or seemingly stolen from us. But what if there were a way to better manage it? If not to control the nature of time itself, then to find a way to control how we spend our own time? This week’s Twofer offers insightful articles that examine why we should invest our time wisely and how we can incorporate regular, sustained quiet time into our lives.

Frivolous Spending? Keep Some Time to Yourself

Have you fallen into the mental trap of thinking that busyness equates to importance or productivity? If so, you’re probably missing out on valuable “sitting and thinking” time.

In a recent interview, Charlie Rose uncovered the greatest lesson Bill Gates learned from Warren Buffett. Perhaps surprisingly, it had nothing to do with how Buffett invested his money.

When the younger business magnate got a glimpse of the senior’s calendar, he discovered that it was nowhere near as packed as his own. The lesson learned? Time is our most precious commodity and it can never be bought, no matter how much money you have.

Thankfully, how we spend our time is within our control.

Watch: How well are you investing your time?

Within the Sound of Silence

I once read that people who can’t find the time to meditate are the ones most in need of meditation. I tend to agree.

Sustained silence helps tune out the white noise so we can think more clearly and creatively. It can also go a long way toward improving our health.

“Recent studies are showing that taking time for silence restores the nervous system, helps sustain energy, and conditions our minds to be more adaptive and responsive to the complex environments in which so many of us now live, work, and lead.”

This Harvard Business Review article explores the importance of cultivating silence and offers four practical ideas to help even the busiest among us find periods of quiet time.

Read: The Busier You Are, the More You Need Quiet Time

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