Summary of Seneca – How to Manage Your Time

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca [c. 4 BC–AD 65] was a Roman Stoic philosopher whose tips on time management are as relevant today as they were 2,000 years ago. In his essay On the Shortness of Life, Seneca urged individuals not to waste their most precious commodity – time – and offered sage advice on how to live a good life. YouTube channel Philosophies for Life expounds on the 10 most applicable lessons from Seneca’s ancient essay, universal themes that still resonate. Gain control of your most valuable resource by heeding the advice of this Stoic philosopher.

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Treat your time on Earth as though it were a precious resource.

Human life-spans are finite, yet individuals squander time as if it will never run out. Time is a valuable nonrenewable resource, so be a miser with your time.

Treat time as a precious commodity. After all, once you spend it, it’s gone forever.

Don’t waste time planning out your future. Live in the now.

Working hard today so that you can be happy tomorrow is a fool’s quest. Consider that each day might be your last. Prepare for what is to come, but not at the expense of living in the moment. Tomorrow is uncertain; today is all you really have.

Don’t confuse existing with living.

Prioritizing obligations over passions leaves little time for the things you love. Being busy in the pursuit of work and activities you don’t enjoy stands in the way of living your best life. Simply checking things off your to-do list causes you to bypass activities that are truly...

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