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  • Writer's pictureJodi-Tatiana Charles

Carpe Diem: Making the Most of Your Lifetime

December 15, 2023



Today I had a great conversation with a new friend this morning, and during our talk, she dropped a phrase that immediately grabbed my attention: 'If you live until 80, you only have 4,000 weeks to accomplish what you want.' My mind couldn't shake that number; it just feels like you should have many more weeks, doesn't it? This thought weighed even heavier on me as I reflected on how my dad died at 81.


In reality, it's actually 4,160 weeks, but still, is it or is it not enough time to reach your goals? With the new year just days away, and people probably starting to think about resolutions, I thought, why not offer some thoughts on how to make the best of your upcoming weeks?


First and foremost, let's acknowledge that 4,160 weeks is a substantial chunk of time. It's ample time to learn new skills, travel to new places, build relationships, and pursue your passions. However, it's also easy to fall into the trap of procrastination, distractions, and the never-ending pursuit of tomorrow. So, how do we make the most of these precious weeks?


  1. Set Meaningful Goals: The key to achieving what you want in life is to set clear, meaningful goals. Don't waste your weeks on vague aspirations like "get in shape" or "be successful." Define what those terms mean to you – is it running a marathon, or starting your own business? Specific goals give you direction and motivation.

  2. Prioritize Your Time: Time management is crucial. Identify your most important tasks, the ones that will have the most impact on your goals, and tackle them first. Avoid getting bogged down by trivial activities or endless scrolling on social media.

  3. Embrace Consistency: Consistency is the secret sauce to success. It's not about cramming everything into a few weeks but steadily working towards your goals. Devote a little time each week to what matters most, and you'll be amazed at the progress you can make over 4,160 weeks.

  4. Learn from Failure: You're bound to face setbacks and failures along the way. Don't let them discourage you. Instead, view them as opportunities to learn, grow, and pivot. Remember that every successful person has faced obstacles on their journey.

  5. Nurture Relationships: Building and maintaining meaningful relationships is one of life's greatest joys. Use your weeks wisely to spend time with loved ones, forge new connections, and create a supportive network that can help you in your endeavors.

  6. Enjoy the Journey: While it's important to have goals, don't forget to enjoy the journey. Life is not just about reaching the destination; it's about savoring the experiences, the learning, and the growth that happen along the way.

So, as you approach the new year with a fresh set of weeks ahead, remember that time is a valuable resource. Use it wisely, pursue your dreams passionately, and make the most of those 4,160 weeks. And who knows, with the right mindset and determination, you might find that it's not just enough – it's plenty!

 

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  • Article inspired by Judge Amy Nectem


  • Book and quote by Oliver Burkeman, Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals.

The average human lifespan is absurdly, insultingly brief. Assuming you live to be eighty, you have just over four thousand weeks.

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