How Do You Feel About Your Time?

Warren Buffet and Bill Gates have more in common than their wealth. Since their first contact in 1991, the two have cultivated an intense friendship in which they learned a lot from each other. Bill Gates for instance learned the art of time management from Warren Buffet. This doesn’t mean meticulously filling the very last gaps in the calendar, but rather saying no and focusing on the important things. Both of them see great value in regularly using part of their time to sit around, read and reflect. An hour a day (five hours a week) is said to be worth it to the two (and to some other very successful people). And now the crucial question at the start of a new year: How do you feel about your time?

In this clip of a longer interview at Charlie Rose, Bill Gates is still impressed by how carefully Warren Buffet handles his time and how empty his calendar was and still is, which Charlie Rose immediately checks. Busyness isn’t necessarily productivity and mere utilization doesn’t necessarily generate outcomes or impact. Idleness, sitting around, thinking, reading, all this is far too often neglected in the frantic hustle and bustle.

He who has not two thirds of his day for himself is a slave.

Friedrich Nietzsche

If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.

Greg McKeown

And then you have to have time to just sit there and look at yourself!

Astrid Lindgren

If it isn’t a clear yes, then it’s a clear no.

Greg McKeown

Originally published at on January 2, 2019.

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