Time is a strange thing, isn’t it? It’ll drag when we’re bored, fly when we’re not and, ultimately, there’s just never enough of it! Time is money, time is precious and if you don’t know how to manage it, it can become a huge stressor in our lives.
Unfortunately these days there seems to be, more than ever, way too many things vying for our attention and honestly, who hasn’t found themselves getting sucked in to the great vortex that is the internet only to realize that you’ve just wasted a few hours watching grumpy cats, dogs being dumb and ‘people of Walmart’ videos?
Let’s face it, when it comes to managing time, we’re our own worst enemies but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few points to keep in mind if you want to learn how to make time work for you!
The problem of internet distractions has spawned a whole slew of apps designed to stop you surfing and focus on the task at hand. The problem is, you can waste just as much time finding the perfect app when really all you need is a little self-discipline!
A simple timer at your workspace can work just as well, not only to determine the length of time you want to devote to a task but also to signal when it’s time to take a break, step away from the computer and stretch your legs.
You can also use the timer for the fun stuff too – allow yourself 10 mins perusing the TMZ website if you want, but when your time is up step away from the site!
Put Pen to Paper
One of my favourite times of the day is early in the morning, coffee at my side, when I make a list of all the things I need to do that day.
Now, I know to some of you that may sound horrific – after all, who wants to be reminded of the never-ending list of chores? – but putting it all down on paper puts it in perspective and helps to prioritize. Add everything to your list, big or small, then prioritize by numbering the items from most to least important.
Alternatively, identify the three most important and commit to completing those that day. Not only will this relieve feelings of being overwhelmed, but it will also give you a great sense of achievement which, in turn, is motivating and satisfying.
Commit to Not Committing
Repeat after me:… ‘NO.’
Doesn’t that feel good? Saying no to people is one of the most powerful and valuable things you can do to reclaim your time and save your sanity.
As much as you may want to be all things to all people, it’s impossible and the result will be feeling stressed, over-stretched and resentful! Saying no to the things you don’t want to do frees you up for those that you do and, when you’re doing things you love, you’ll be happier, motivated and ultimately more productive!
By Fiona Bramzell