How Giving Up Time can Change your Life for the Better

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As its New Year’s Day, I wasn’t planning on posting a blog but an item on a recent radio program put a thought into my head and I’d like to share it with you. Radio listeners were invited to call in and say what they aim to give up, for their New Year’s Resolutions. 

Usually, when people think of giving things up,  at this time of year, they talk about those things that are generally regarded as bad for them e.g. too much alcohol, smoking, sweet or fatty foods etc. 

I was thinking, what if we tried to give up something that is very precious to most of us? I’m talking about time. I’m sure if you take a look at yourself, your friends, family and colleagues you’ll find most of them lead busy lives. Juggling things like work, housework, childcare, shopping, social activities, exercise, visiting friends and family................ The list goes on and it all takes time. 

But, what if we made a real effort to give up just a few minutes a day to ourselves? To escape into the pages of a good book, to enjoy a soak in the bath or take a short nap. There are so many things that just take a few minutes but can be of benefit to our well-being. We could also try and use some time as a chance to benefit someone else. 

You could call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while, make sure you have time to read that bedtime story to your child or make the time to listen to what your partner has to say about their day. I’m sure you could come up with your own ideas as to how you could spend those precious minutes. But, just like giving up anything, it can be challenging. 

However, it’s something that can prove to be positive and if it becomes a habit, nobody’s going to complain about that. It’s funny how, once you make the effort to find time to do the little things, it can grow into finding more time for bigger things in your life. 

You may find you have an hour or two you could spare. This can be great for doing those extra things with family and friends, but also do think about volunteering. That’s something you could perhaps do together and is invaluable to those seeking support.

 However many spare minutes you may find in your busy day, I hope you’ll look back on them as time well spent. 

Happy New Year to one and all.

About the Author

Martin Parnell is the Best-Selling author of MARATHON QUEST and RUNNING TO THE EDGE and his final book in the Marathon Trilogy, THE SECRET MARATHON-Empowering women and girls in Afghanistan through sport, was released on October 30th 2018. He speaks on having a “Finish the Race Attitude – Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Your Full Potential” and has written for, or been covered by CNNBBCCBCThe Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Runners World, Men’s Journal, Canadian Business, and Maclean’s.

In a five year period, from 2010 to 2014, Martin completed 10 extreme endurance “Quests” including running 250 marathons in one year and raising $1.3m for the humanitarian organization Right To Play. In 2016 he ran the Marathon of Afghanistan in support of Afghan women and girls running for equality. Find out more about Martin at  and see what he can do for you in the long run.

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