Time, a Filled Container—And Why It Matters

Time is the ultimate container. It has a fixed size. Everyone—the 7 billion of us—has the same daily size. And no one knows their lifetime size. Daily, the container is filled to the brim with various activities. The nature and sequence of these activities vary from one person to the next. But everyone fills their container. And part of the container is already consecrated to basic human activities: sleeping, eating, bathing, etc.

We don’t choose whether the container will be filled. We only get to choose the activities we fill it with. And the choices each one makes affect their results. Here lies the variance between the results one person gets versus someone else. Some fill their container with high-value activities—”gold” and “silver” activities—while others fill their container with low-value time-wasters—”pebbles” and “sand” activities.

You must understand this. When you add an activity on your schedule (i.e. in your container), it means there’s less space for another activity (i.e. there’s another activity you can’t do). Thus, you ought to be extremely careful about the activities that fill your container. If your container is full of time-wasters, you won’t get much out of your day, and your results suffer.

In fact, if you’re not satisfied with your results, it’s probably because your container is filled with “rock” and “sand” activities. To change your results, you must change the activities you put in your container. More specifically, you must replace your daily low-value activities for new high-value activities. In fact, that is the “secret”: you give up $5 activities for $100 activities (i.e. you replace lesser value activities by greater value ones).

High-value activities are activities that align with your values (i.e. what you stand for) and your vision (i.e. where you want to take your life).

I watch very little television. I dropped that a long time ago. I have no clue what shows are on TV right now. Instead, I write and I read. Because of my values and vision, these are more valuable activities for me. It wasn’t always like this. But at one point of my journey, I decided to put these activities in my container. I’m aware that, as my life evolves, this may change.

In fact, we must never stop evaluating the activities we put in our daily container. An activity may have been high-valued in the past, but no longer be worth a spot in our container.

Pay attention to the activities that make it into your container and make they bring real value to your life.

Today, at the end of the day, your container will be filled. But what will it be filled with?

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.