Being good with time management is very helpful in our lives. What we do with our time is of course incredibly important. Life is short and we want to enjoy the hours we have, getting the important things done.
When I say important I mean mainly what is important to each of us, making time for the things you enjoy is just as important as making time for the things that “have” to be done.
Time management is good for creating habits, and good habits are important to have in our days for success in the areas of our lives where we want to excell.
People are constantly going around rushing all over the place, barely realising where they are because of how busy they are. Now there is a difference between being busy and being productive. For some reason we all like to be busy, and look busy somehow maybe it makes our lives feel more important, it keeps us feeling we are doing something worth while, but with the right time management we can throw away all the things that are making our days hectic while still being very productive. I repeat busy does not mean productive.
As I say with correct time management we can be far more productive without being overloaded and stressed. If you are too busy to make time for important things like exercise and healthy eating then you need to re-evaluate your time management. There is always time for these things you just need to get rid of the things that are taking up time when they aren’t really needed all that much.
Here’s a list of things we can change in our day to day to manage our time more effectively –
- Wake up at the same time each day, and try make it early – Productive people know early mornings are a great time to get things done without distractions. Also try to go to bed at the same time each night.
- Write a to do list each night for the next day – Keep this list short, and make all the tasks the most important ones you can think of which are going to produce results. Forget the rest.
- Set aside time each day for just you, whether it’s going for walk, meditating or laying in the sun. We all need our own time, and space sometimes. It’s a great time to clear our mind, or reflect. Spare half an hour of your day to just relax within your own company. Try to be outside if you can, away from all technology.
- Get the tasks that you dread doing the most done first thing in the day – if the worst tasks are done at the beginning of the day you will feel great that you have got them done, and they are out the way. Then you can move on with the rest of your day without the daunting feeling that you haven’t got the tasks done yet.
- Reduce time on social media sites – For most people in this day and age, social media is incredibly addicting (I know this because i’m an addict myself). Reducing the amount of time that you are on these sites scrolling through nonsense is going to free up a lot more time than you think, and actually reduce a lot of clutter in your brain. Your brain can only take in so much, and flashing through 100 different peoples lives isn’t a good thing.
- Watch T.V only when in need of “down time” like in the late evening when you feel like spending an hour chilling out. I’m a big advocate of not watching T.V as i know the power it has over people, and the amount of dumbing down it causes to the population, let alone the sheer amount of time that is wasted watching a box in the corner of a room. Feeling that we are being entertained, and getting sucked into other peoples lives having feelings that it is actually us doing the things we are watching. Reduce T.V time dramatically and see how much time you now have to spare for exercise, family, and actual social interactions. Not watching T.V means you are living your life! Amazing isn’t it?
- Learn to be punctual. If you say you are going to be somewhere at a certain time, try your hardest to be there on time. This teaches you to get things that need to be done, done! And with good time to spare. Don’t wander around like a lost puppy when you know you have to be somewhere at 1, we sometimes wait for things to come up in our day instead of living, and doing things beforehand. Then when it comes to leaving time, we realise we aren’t yet ready to go at all. This causes us to rush about, be forgetful, and then be late.
- Make time for the things you love doing everyday. If you love doing something, and it doesn’t matter what it is then make time for it in your day. If you don’t do what you love doing now, then what are you doing living.
Time management can be important to make the most of the days we have been given. You can go around in a daze never doing what you want to do, and what needs to be done. Or have time for the things, and people you love while still getting the important productive tasks done.