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While looking for ideas to effectively use my days and increase my productivity, I came to learn an interesting fact:
A day on the planet Mars has 25 hours
That is one whole hour more than what we have, here, on Earth! .
My mind started thinking frantically, trying to comprehend that information. Ideas for possible opportunities flooded my brain, depicted vividly with all the colors of the rainbow.
Think about what you could do with an extra hour per day !
We all recognize the desire of having more time to get everything done. That is our human nature: use all the time we have and fit all our “TO DO”s in it. Because on average, in 1 hour, you could:
- write an article,
- have dinner with friends,
- go for a jog,
- have a nap,
- listen to a chapter of an audio-book,
- read a bed-time story to your kid,
- play a game,
- do a good favor to someone
- practice the Yang Tai Chi long form of 108 moves,
- learn to count to 100 in French,
- or simply let your mind relax and enjoy the sound of your heart.
For me, that one-extra-hour-a-day will allow me to flourish! In a week, I will have seven more hours of freedom to do whatever I want – from family time and hobbies to creativity and work.
In a year-time that will result in the whopping 365 hours!
Let me give you an impression of how much 365 hours is if used in accumulation. Here are a few facts:
- it is more than 15 calendar days in a year, so a good fortnight vacation
- you can learn the German language to a comfortable intermediate level 
- the light will travel from the Sun to Earth more than 2.630 times 
- you will have about 9 working weeks of 40 hours each
- around 5.475.000 babies will be born 
- you can walk from Moscow to Vienna or from New York to Miami
- if you write for 1 hour per day one page of your novel, in a year, you shall have a 365-page book!
Still with me?
Imagine having the additional 365 hours per year! That is a pretty lucrative and tempting opportunity, right? So, what I need to do is pack my stuff and prepare for a trip to Mars where I shall enjoy the extra 365 hours, which we – the Earthlings – do not have. I can make you a sincere promise: I will savor each and every one of those Martian hours. When I get back, I will share with you my experience, learnings, and the wisdom I will acquire.
Well, there is a little minuscule problem with that:
There are no regular flights to Mars yet !
It seems, NASA schedules the first planned flight carrying humans to Mars after 2030 . And by the time they make those trips more frequent, for tourists like me, I might not be around to benefit or care, for what matters. Do I need to give up the idea?
Well, I can swallow the bitter facts and accept the reality: we have ONLY 24 hours per day to do all we need and want. Since we do not have control over that, we can choose how to spend those 24 hours wisely.
The greatest assets we possess
Time is a great asset. It is plentiful and is free.
Everyone uses the Time – to the best of the individual’s capacity and believes – to create a harmonious life. We have so many things to do and so many dreams to fulfill, so many people to meet, so many places to explore. Time is an issue. How can we get more of it? Alas, Time is limited – 24 hours per day. So Time cannot be stretched. At least not here, on Earth.
But I realize that I have another asset in my possession – greater than Time: my Mind. The Mind has an endless capacity to learn, analyze, innovate, conceive, and produce. Since my Mind is MINE, I am the one who controls it. I am the Master of my Mind – the infinite power there is. I can choose how to use my mind to improve my lifestyle and my well-being. I can train my mind to use the time it has per day to provide for me an abundant life.
We can take the time to think about what usefulness we can do for the hours we have in a day. We can make an effort to plan our day so that we can enjoy every moment of it, daily. Still, because the Time and the Mind are for free, many people take them for granted and neglect them, spending time for time-wasting activities and putting their minds to mindless occupations.
The universal way to train one’s mind is through education. Are we willing to invest in educating our minds with the time we have and the resources we can find?
We can learn to appreciate the 24 hours we have on this planet and learn how to optimize them for a balanced, joyful life. We need to make our 24 hours count because they do. Today and now.
Do not spend time lingering in the past or worrying about the future. It is about those two relentless eternities – yesterday and tomorrow – that steal from our time today. Use today’s 24 hours, and make them the best day of your life. That is all you have. Today!
In the course of the years, I learned the lesson:
Time is limited. The Mind is limitless.
Use ways to educate your mind. Apply this knowledge to better your life in all aspects – spiritual, mind-related, social, and physical. Invest in your 24 hours for all the things that allow you to become 1% better every day – as an individual, as a parent, as a friend, as a professional, as the being you want most want to be. Then after you reach 100% awesomeness, you will realize that you can be 101% and more!
How do you optimize your 24 hours and keep a balanced healthy life?
P.S. By the way, forget about Mars. That was a silly idea in the first place anyway!
 Mars is a planet with a very similar daily cycle as the Earth. A Martian day (referred to as “sol”) is approximately 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth; How Long Is One Day on Other Planets?
 Goethe Institut; Exams | CEFL level: B1; Goethe-Institut exam: Goethe-Zertifikat B1 (Zertifikat Deutsch); Instructional hours (45 minutes) needed: 350–650 hours.
 With 250 babies born each minute, how many people can the Earth sustain?; The Guardian; Mon 23.Apr.2018.
 The Speed of light is approximately 300.000 km/s. Therefore, the light travels from Sun to Earth for about 8,3 min.
 The first crewed Mars Mission, which will include sending astronauts to Mars, orbiting Mars, and a return to Earth, is scheduled for the 2030; “Nasa’s Orion spacecraft prepares for launch in first step towards manned Mars mission”. The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-12-03 ; “NASA’s Orion Flight Test and the Journey to Mars”. NASA website. Retrieved 2014-12-01.
NASA is under presidential orders to land humans on Mars by 2033, and NASA-funded engineers are studying a way to build potential human habitats there by producing bricks from pressurized Martian soil; Johnston, Ian. “‘Incredibly brave’ Mars colonists could live in red-brick houses, say engineers”, The Independent (April 27, 2017).