It is no gainsaying that He who appreciates the essence of time, understands its power. If we all realized the power of time, we would want to give it all it takes. We would use it judiciously like a coin that is spent and cannot be ever replaced.
Time is so important to everyone, from the elites to the least of students, from the famous entrepreneurs to the small-scale business owners.
You also need to manage this irreplaceable resource because 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 4 weeks a month and 365 days in a year are not just enough.
If it was enough, people would not have to work until the next day. Lecturers would not have lectures postponed till the next day and students would not bother going to the library the following day. Why? Because everything that needs to be done would have been concluded that same day.
But the truth is, that time will never be enough!
The only thing that differentiates a man who achieves his goals and the one that keeps moving in circles is Time Management.
It is the most valuable thing a man can spend. He who has nothing else has it. Join me as I show you important attitudes and routines you can imbibe to manage your time effectively.
1. Reduce associations
There is no point having so many associations of people that drive you further away from your life goals and objectives. Those who complain of the brevity of time are most likely those who don’t make judicious use of it.
At all cost, avoid people who complain about not having enough time, people who don’t seem to respect your priorities and people who trivialize every good thing you can think of. if you don’t avoid such; the truth is, you will gradually find yourself believing in the same wrongful acts. Remember, birds of a feather flock together. Only fly with like-minded people.
2. Avoid unnecessary outings
Not all events are meant for you. Choose very important unavoidable ones that are purposeful. Learn to say “sorry, I may not be able to make it but I will send my gift across to you” or “I won’t be available because it is beyond my control”. Say NO! when you have to.
Sieve the important outings from unimportant ones. The fact is you will not be able to please everyone at a particular point but when you are done with your goals, you can make up for it later. Put up a “Do not disturb” sign until you are absolutely free to do anything else. “I’ll check my schedule and get back to you” can be magical.
3. Fix your eyes on your goals
After setting your goals, remind yourself day in day out to keep you focused. Have a clear purpose in mind for forsaking one goal before starting another one.
This could be as a result of the inability to reach a goal due to circumstances beyond your control. At that point, you should go back to the drawing board to re-strategize and generate an alternative that will replace the previous one.
4. Use a reminder app
There are several applications that have made life easier by absorbing your tasks and reminding you even a few hours before they are due.
Some do as much as speaking, showing pictures, beeping and others can be so dynamic. It is important to have a schedule where you record all your thoughts, deliberations and activities for the week. This will help you understand how much you can get things done during the course of the day.
It will also help to assess the results of your efforts. You’ll see how much time is spent productively and how much is wasted unproductively. Some applications have analytics that shows a trend and statistics of how much you manage your time.
5. Be time conscious
Keep practising time consciousness. In whatever you do, be conscious of your time. This will help to cut your excesses and keep you on the lane to your greatness. Take a good look at your watch wherever you are, like it is flying in the air.
Review and identify tasks that keep you stagnant or take longer than you expect and begin to eliminate such time-wasters. Give yourself a constraint for all you do and stick to it.
6. Good habits vs bad habits
For you to use your time efficiently, you need to take a gun to shoot the bad habits in your life. Only feed your good habits to grow healthy.
Now, that sounds like two human beings (Lol). You know yourself more than anyone does so take a deep sincere look at your life to know the irrelevant habits you indulge in.
You could be spending too much time watching T.V, going to a club too often, spending unnecessary hours in the market and so on.
7. Control social media times
Social media, the attention-seeker! As good as social media is, if you don’t control the number of hours you spend on them, you might find yourself in a big dilemma of time mismanagement.
What I did while I was in school was to put off my data connection until I am done with my reading. I still do that though. So, if I miss your message when you send them, I will definitely get it when I am done with my activities and attend to you.
You too shouldn’t accept distractions when you have it in your power to control them.
8. Take breaks
It is not unusual to need a break from your activities but watch and control it! You will focus more and work more efficiently if you can set some level of constraints for your relaxation.
This will show you are the master of your time and you have chosen the way you want to spend it. If you spend more hours relaxing than working on your list of activities, then it is not a good idea.
The almighty “To-do-lists” is almost indispensable if you really want to be productive. It is more advisable to write the list in the morning before the rush of events for the day starts.
You could write the list in order of preference and check it as you accomplish each. If you were not able to actualize one, move it on to the next day and make sure you do it. Give yourself a strict rule – you must not move today’s activities to tomorrow more than twice and adhere strictly.
10. First things First
When I say ‘first’, I mean Monday mornings, first day at school, first day at work, first business day, first month. The truth is, all these firsts gives you a natural impetus to plan for the rest of the day, week, month or year.
You naturally have a lot to put into proper perspective before distractions come knocking. This also helps you to focus on your priorities and let go of insignificant things from the beginning of time.
If you get it right from the beginning, you will most likely stay on track for the rest of the day, week, month or year. So start your plan and run with it.
11. Sleep well
People who don’t give their brains a good resting time end up becoming tired easily. Your brain needs rest too which is best optimized at night. Other health benefits are also attached to sleeping well.
If your night was so busy that you couldn’t get good sleep, you should schedule a time during the day to make up for it and avoid all distractions within this crucial time. Switch off your phone if you can, but please ensure you stay safe because such sleep can be deep.
I hope this helps you as I look forward to having you check back soon.
Till we meet again, keep adding value to yourself.
If you have successfully managed your time effectively via other approaches, feel free to share in the comment section.