Expanding Our Time
In the earlier post we realized how much time we have and how we can prioritize our goals. Now let’s talk about expanding our time by how using it productively and efficiently. For efficient time management we have to think what task we can do today that can make our tomorrow better. The answer can be found by adopting the following approach:
We have to give ourselves the permission to ignore such tasks which do not matter to us. Let’s not feel guilty of saying “No”. Remember when we say yesto something, we say no to something else.
Create a process today that might take some time initially but it would create more time in the future. We need to think about time how most people think about money. Invest smart to get more return.
Let someone else do some of our work. We usually get reluctant to delegate thinking we can do the task better than the person. It may be true initially but gradually they learn and begin to master the tasks.
i. Time to do it NOW:
How much we value our time is determined by the speed with which we implement our ideas and execute our tasks. We need to address the most important task first. Research says when we accomplish three important tasks every single day, we successfully meet our goals. We need to start our day with the end in mind which means our focus should always be on our goals and objectives. That’s when we can start to feel the real power of Now.
ii. Procrastination, a virtue:
Sometimes there would be tasks like checking emails, spending time on social media, etc. which can wait and we decide to do it in the right time. Thats called Procrastination on purpose. Once we start successfully procrastinating on purpose, we master a great quality and that’s called Patience.
iii. Procrastination, a killer of success:
This happens when we know we need to do something now but we delay it simply because we don’t feel like doing or we come up with some other excuses. This behavior pushes us to failure. We have to avoid it with commitment, determination, and self-discipline.Keeping the above approach in mind, we divide our time in three categories:
We are quite serious when it comes to our professional life. We are clear of our goals and objective and can break them to weekly goals and plan our week in advance with flexibility. Plan each day addressing the priority work to be done first and end each day evaluating our tasks and accomplishment. We must execute our plans without fail and should not let anybody drive our schedule.
The affection we express to our people predicts our commitment and the affection we receive predicts our satisfaction. Research shows that relationships helps us to live longer, deal with stress, stay healthier, and feel richer. On the other hand poor relationships often lead to depression, decreased immune function, high blood pressure, etc. Therefore, we need to devote quality time to our relationships without distractions. We must follow the same approach of planning our time and executing our plans. We can devote 2 hours each weekday and probably 6 hours each weekend.
This is the most important and quite often the most ignored part of our existence. Self-Management refers to taking care of all our needs:
- Physical Health- nutrition, exercise and rest.
- Mental Health – meditation, quite time or “me time”, pursuing ones interest to attain mental peace.
- Spiritual health – faith, gratitude or introspection.
Self-care makes us more productive, reboots our brain, gives space for self discovery, strengthens our relationship, helps us unwind, improves our concentration, and teaches us to value ourselves thus adding value to the world.
We should devote the first 3 to 4 hours of the day to self-care so that we are well prepared to face the day.
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