Have you ever heard the saying, “There just aren’t enough hours in the day”? Maybe you’ve heard someone say, “If only I had more time.” Well, time is what it is – there’s really no way around that fact. On a level of relativity, a tedious task lasting an hour can seem to draw out for days, yet a beautiful evening with your loved one is gone in the blink of an eye.
Regardless of perception, time stops for no one. As a person interested in savouring the little time we have, implementing time management practices into your life is a great way to combat the feelings of lost and grossly mismanaged time. There’s only so much time, like it or not, and using what you have efficiently is essential.
The “Me Time” exercise, which is the first of 4 important steps to practice in order to efficiently handle time, involves a person relaxing for an hour a day. The idea here is to give yourself up to things you need to do like sleep, eat and work for 23 hours, but keep an hour to yourself to ensure you never become burnt out on life. This hour may fly by before you know it, but your body and mind will appreciate the time you took for yourself. No matter what you do for an hour, make it about yourself and no one else.
The next step to practice involves creating a hectic schedule. This may seem a bit much, but you should always plan as much per day as possible. Do you have the day off? Well, that’s nonsense. Your day off should include at least a dozen tasks that need to be accomplished.
Why the sense of urgency? It’s more of a mind trick. If you only have one thing to do for the entire day, it will inevitably take you the entire day to get it done. However, if you have 16 things to do, you may succeed in getting 10 or so accomplished. This is a great way to efficiently handle time.
Number three on the list has a little to do with number two: You want to prioritize everything that it is you need to do. Obviously, some of the things we have to do are important, while others can be thrown on the “can wait” list. Ironically, the more important things are always put off until the end because they’re simply harder for us to accomplish.
It’s important to switch this trend around if you wish to manage your time effectively. Move the more difficult tasks to the front and let the lesser tasks be a cruise control type of reward.
The last time management practice has to do with always presenting a positive attitude about life. This is essential if you expect to handle tasks efficiently. A bad attitude usually attracts bad things, whereas a positive attitude will help to perk you up and make you a time-saving machine.
Time will never work around you, so it’s important that you work around it. By implementing these time management practices, you can prioritize and make the most efficient use of the time you have.