What is the one thing you always say “I don’t have time for it”? Write it in a comment now. By actively admitting you don’t have time for it, you actively read this article, making the most out of it. Own your time management.
Did I say time management was easy? Here is why – when you know what’s important, you will find time for it. Knowing what’s important is a more difficult task than assigning time for it.
Now look back at your comment – is that thing you never have time for really important?
NO. If it’s not important, simply admit it is low priority. Say “It is not important”. Let go of saying “I don’t have time for it”. Be careful with your words, they create your reality. Convincing yourself you never have free time will make you stressed.
YES. Make it a priority. Do it first thing in the day, assign time for it during the day, or find time for it during breaks at work.
Simple time management strategies
If you want to find out what you are spending your time on, write down everything you do and how much time you spend on it.
Do it for 2 weeks in a row. Analyse your time spending. Divide your activities into two categories:
1. nourishing and important – activities that are good for you and for your future. If you do them now, you will invest into your health, wealth, love and happiness. You will enjoy it now or enjoy the results in the future.
2. useless time wasting – activities that do not nourish you and are bad investment into the future (it may be smoking a cigarette or hanging out with a toxic friend)
Time diary will not be easy. Clarity and honesty scare us. If you are brave enough to go through it, you will learn so much about your values.
Use bullet journal/phone apps to plan your life. Create goals for your year, for each month, for each week. Plan your day the evening before. It may be difficult, you may struggle. As Robin Sharma said “Things may be hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous in the end”.
What is the return in not having clarity about time and priorities? Vague plans lead to vague goals. You may find yourself floating around life not knowing where you will find yourself next. If you allow yourself to want the best and go for it, you can plan and achieve anything.
Watch my interview with Gopi Kallayil, Google’s chief evangelist, to learn how he does yoga and meditation even when his schedule is so busy. Learn about his way of setting priorities. Read my article about 5 tips for happy life and see which one works for you. You can also join our self-development program, and start a real challenge from within.
Look at your comment again. Do you choose clarity or uncertainty? The choice is always yours.