There is only one true wealth in all the universe – living time.
― Frank Herbert
To be honest, I was hesitant about including this short section, especially under “productivity.” But as we get older, and I’m now in my 50s, our impending doom, or rebirth, or whatever you believe, is more on our minds.
Like it or not, our mortality can be a motivator to be productive. We have a finite amount of time left in this existence, sadly for some less than they expect. Make the best use of it. Being aware – mindful – of my mortality has added focus and priority to what I want to get done – personally and professionally.
I want to be careful, however. Even at my age I have some friends and family who are still too single-mindedly focused on a career or ambition, even if they do not like it. Ensure there’s balance, explore other aspects of life, do something you enjoy and learn from. There isn’t much time left.