How to manage your Time effectively?
“The problem is you think tomorrow is the best day to start.”
VALUE OF TIME
One thing which when lost stays lost. One thing that you can’t get back, one thing that can’t be purchased. You use it; you lose it. You don’t use it; you still lose it. So, you might as well use it and turn it into something big. Time is neither your enemy nor your friend. However, it sometimes behaves like water. For instance, water adjusts according to the size of the vessel. Similarly, Time becomes good or bad, depending on how you use it.
You’ve to understand what is done on a daily basis, even imperfectly done, will give you far greater results than what you can do perfectly but do on an irregular basis. That is the value of time and consistency. These two together are the backbone of your progress. For instance, if you practice yoga for 20 minutes each day of the week, it will bring tremendous outcomes compared to practicing yoga for 2 hours straight on a single day.
Whether you work or not, time will flow. Whether you improve or not, time will move. So, you see, there’s no third option that you can opt-in this scenario. When it comes to utilizing time, you’re left with only two options. You either make it count and grow, or you let it pass and stay where you’re. Blaming adverse circumstances is only a way to justify your lazy attitude.
Every minute is an opportunity if you’re willing to take responsibility and decide to change. A day has 24 hours, and that’s equal to 1440 minutes. That means you’ve 1440 opportunities every day to change what has been done and overcome past failures.
People can educate you about the value of time, but no one can make you realize its importance until you take it seriously. Your experiences teach you the value of time better than any teacher in the world. It’s because you learn and accept things when they happen to you. You don’t understand until you undergo a transformation or experience a setback. But a smart person will always learn from other people’s mistakes and learn from them.
BARRIERS TO TIME MANAGEMENT
When what is not important is already disciplined into your time, what is important will never find time in your life. On the contrary, if what is important in your life is disciplined, then everything will automatically fall into its place. Impracticality is the language of a mediocre who doesn’t want to take the responsibility of implementation. It’s easy to make a commitment but a bit hard to live by that commitment. It’s hard for you because you label it as a liability in your mind. However, it’s challenging, but not impossible.
For instance, you do understand your health is essential, yet you evade it infinity times. A new resolution is made every year, but it lasts only ten days, starting from January 1 to January 10. After working for a week or two, you get back to your original unhealthy routine. And again, you don’t have to work-out for 2 hours. Invest at least 20-30 minutes of a day in your health and take care of your body.
The reason you find it so hard to manage your day and utilize your time to its maximum is:
Escaping Reality: Time management, which is an intense desire in you, but still, you fail to achieve it. It’s because it’s in your behavior to celebrate escaping responsibility. Think about it, when you have a deadline for something important, the first thing you do is count the days between now and the date of the deadline, and then rejoice upon knowing that you can relax for certain days and waste more time. You immediately start making negotiations with your mind that "if I start working in the last few days, I would be able to crush it." But the truth is, it’s never going to happen as long as you cherish your impracticality.
Cheating on Yourself: Insincerity is nothing but self-cheating. When you sit for work and check on your phone after every 10 minutes, then you’re not cheating anybody. You’re cheating on yourself. And when you cheat on yourself. Nobody can make you feel confident about yourself. You’re choosing to waste time right now and claiming that suddenly you will change to become seriously involved in the future? How? Oh, because you said so. That is some fine quality misconception you’re selling yourself. This is self-cheating, and it becomes a habit without any forewarning. You’ll not realize when it has become a habit and dominated your lifestyle.
Working when it’s Pressure: This simple reliance initiates a behavior pattern that is far-reaching in its effect; this is what causes laziness; because you’ve allowed pressure to dictate your outcomes. You’ll never work on your own because your brain has been adjusted only to respond to stress. It’s another name for Procrastinating. You’re letting things go out of your control to an extent where they start frightening you.
Distractions: “Gossiping, chatting, entertainment, and overthinking” – you’ve time for each of them. All these things exist in your life to divert your mind from actual work. And somehow, you manage to make time for all these things. But when it comes to health, meditation, education, self-development, and growth, you don’t have a fixed routine. When you create a pattern for distractions and ignore productive habits, you can never reach where you wish to be. And a time comes when these distractions take the shape of obsessions.
HOW TO MASTER TIME MANAGEMENT?
Twenty-four hours is a lot of time if you know how to manage your time. People create a world-changing organization with the same 24 hours. People start revolutions that change the world with the same 24 hours. People have lived a life where one lifetime has impacted future humanity with the same 24 hours. You’re the creator of everything in life. Nothing is done to you by an external force. But remember, “Every action has a psychological blow on you.”
These four factors can help you manage your time, but in the end, it depends on your potential.
Be Sincere to yourself: Either do something sincerely or don’t do it at all. Being loyal to yourself is not a liability; it’s a responsibility. If someday, you’re not feeling like studying or working, no problem at all. The problem is when you decide to work but keep your phone with you. Then you lie to yourself that you worked for 8 hours today, but you worked just half of the time in reality. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. Even if you work for 30 minutes, it should be done with sincerity.
Don’t rely on pressure to move you to work: Work because you want to become somebody, not because you have a deadline to meet. Don’t let the workload motivates you to take an action. Pressure should never be your reason to act. Plan things and prepare beforehand to deal with any task or a goal.
Have a Set Routine: Set daily goals and create a chart every week to measure your growth rate. If you check out your weekly report, you can quickly determine how much you’ve improved from the previous week. You can then eliminate distractions by finding out the things that are consuming your time. Consider yourself as an individual and don’t connect your parent’s success to you. Their success is just theirs; you can’t cherish others’ success for a lifetime. You’ve to build your own way to success.
Learn to Say No: You cannot entertain others forever. You’re not obliged to fulfill the dreams of others. First, learn to serve yourself. Learn to say no to others when you think you have a significant task to do. Don’t compromise on your work for the sake of friendship or any other reason. For instance, if someone asks you to hang out or play a video game. Now, these things will catch your attention promptly. But don’t make a move without reasoning. Your desperation can cost you failure in the future. The other person might have time for entertainment, but you’ve to set your priorities. Honor all those promises you’ve made to yourself. First, check the to-do-list for that particular day. Say ‘Yes,’ only if you’re free. But, if you have a task to accomplish, then say ‘No’ politely.
Your challenge is not “you do not KNOW”; your challenge is “you do not DO.” And knowing doesn’t mean anything if you’re not practicing it. You already know what is right and what is wrong. For example, if a mentally unstable person is smoking, it can still be justified, but if a doctor smokes, regardless of knowing its repercussions, it can’t be explained. Therefore, you don’t need information. You just need a transformation. Time management doesn’t mean clock management. “The First thing comes first” that’s the correct way to master time management. You own your time and only can master it.