We all struggle with time management in one way or another or at certain times in our lives. We all share memories of feeling stressed and overwhelmed, of frustration because we just don’t have enough time and we end up feeling helpless. Hopefully that is a memory for you and not your daily experience. You see most of us have difficulty trying to achieve all of the things we want and to fit in everything we need to, however, this difficulty can easily be overcome by understanding the way you are viewing time.
Time management should be treated as one of the most important areas to improve in life, why? Because that is what your life is made up of. We all have 24 hours in the day, but what you do with your 24 hours will determine your happiness and fulfillment in life at the end of the day.
If you feel that you are overwrought every day and snowed under on a regular basis, how long can you go on feeling this way before it starts to have immense negative consequences on your health, mentality and happiness? Not very long! So my question is: if you only have one life, why are you managing it this way? Are these the results that you choose to obtain in your life?
Some people are able to achieve 100 times more in months than many do in years, so why is that?, because they all perceive time differently. The best way to start is by changing how you view your time, because this will influence how you spend your time! Time is intangible, we cannot see or touch time, but we need to look at time as something that is tangible if we really want to value it. If you continue to see time as intangible and something hard to conceptualize, you will continue to struggle to manage your time.
If you are committed to improving the quality of your life, here is an easy way to start viewing time. Think about your cupboards at home, before they were empty and you had to decide exactly how you were going to fill the space and with what, you had to strategize/think about the best ways to do it. The cupboard is limited, it only has a certain amount of space and so are your days, you only have a certain amount of hours. You must decide how you want to fill up those hours, what tasks you choose to fill your day, thinking about the best way to do it.
When you start your day or your week, think about how you want to spend your time this week and on what activities, and stick to it! Did you know that 20% of the average workday is spent on “crucial” and “important” things, while 80% of the average workday is spent on things that have “little value” or “no value”? If you value yourself, start to value your time and treat it as a tool which you must optimize to achieve what you want.
Take responsibility and stop blaming the lack of time for all the reasons you can’t do what you say or want. You are responsible for the way you spend your time and let me tell you, only a few people really lack the time they need, most of us already have it , we are just not using it correctly!
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To your success!