Everybody is in a hurry. Everybody is busy. Still, I hear all the time people complaining about having so many things to do when time isn’t enough. They’re probably right. But, most of them don’t actually do anything about it. They just keep complaining.
I think the reason, of them not taking any action to solve this problem, is that they don’t believe in the effectiveness of time management strategies. They see it as another “crap” of self-development.
Let’s just give some thought to this problem of “not having enough time”. There are two components involved: Time and the things that we wanna do. As we know time is continually passing and we can’t get it back once it has passed. Time is limited. Therefore, our focus should be on the things that we wanna do with our time. Let’s focus on what we can change instead of just watching the time passes and complaining about it. This the main idea of time management.
In other words, time management is a set of tactics, tools, and strategies that help you make the most out of your time. It enables you to use your time in the best way possible based on your principles and goals.
Can We Really Control Our Time ?
No one can deny that time is very important. However, we find that so many people don’t really believe that time can be controlled. Their argument is that in life things get thrown at you all the time without any prior warning. They believe that life is so unpredictable. As a result, it’s impossible to manage your time in a way that will enable you to do everything you wanna do.
Actually, I agree with the last part. It’s certainly impossible to do all the things we wanna do in our lifetime. But, the problem is not the limited time. The real problem is us. We want to do everything. We want to have it all. We’re like wanting machines that cannot be satisfied.
“It is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it” – Aristote
For further insights on this matter, I invite you to watch Jason Silva‘s video below. It’s an amazing video that you wouldn’t wanna miss.
So, what’s the solution ? Are we just supposed to keep getting drifted by life ?
No, absolutely Freaking Not! We can be in control. The best solution is to learn how to prioritize. We need to decide what are the most important things that deserve spending our time and energy on.
Stephen Covey has introduced an amazing way in his famous book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. He calls it “The personal mission statement”. He describes it as the most effective way to establish the habit 2 which is “Begin with the end in mind”. The personal statement mission focuses on describing what you want to be, the things that you wanna achieve in life and the principles that your life will based upon. This method helps you establish a clear vision of what you wanna do with your time and energy.
P.S: I’ll surely explain further “The personal mission statement” in an upcoming post.
In short, It’s possible to control you time if you succeeded to control your desires. It’s all about defining what matters the most for you. You should decide who you want to be and what are the achievements that you wanna accomplish. Only then you’ll be able to manage your time properly.
The Benefits of Having a Time Management System
Once you’ve determined your main goals and principles in life, you’ll need to consider establishing a time management system. In this post, I won’t get into the details of how to set up an effective time management system. You first need to know why you actually need it.
But wait! What do you mean by a time management system ?
It’s a system (tools and tactics) that allows you to easily organize your daily tasks. Besides, it makes sure that you’re giving enough time for the tasks that will get you closer to your goals. Also, it should be simple and easy to adapt to any urgent encounters.
Here are the major benefits of setting up a personal time management system.
Make Time For Your Goals
Your time is very limited. Distractions increase everyday. So, your time is getting more limited as you go in life. For example, a student has more time than a grown-up who has more life responsibilities. Therefore, it’s necessary to have a time management system so that it enables you to make time for your goals.
Otherwise, you’ll find yourself spending all your time on non-important urgent tasks that have no real impact on your life. You’ll be like most of the people who are working in jobs they hate just to pay bills at the end of the month. Is this the kind of life you wanna live ?
Maintain a Balance Between Work and Personal Life
Some people think that the goal of time management is to work more. It’s not true at all. The main goal is to help you control your time so that you can do the things that you really wanna do. To choose what to do with your time is up to you.
Ultimately, establishing an effective time management system will help you maintain a balance between work and personal life. As a result, you’ll be able to achieve the success that you seek without affecting your personal life. Furthermore, managing your time prevents you from becoming a workaholic.
More Focused & Stress Free Mind
The feeling of having everything organized and every task is already scheduled is outstanding. You feel like you’re the boss. Everything is under control. At any given moment you know exactly what needs to be done. So, you’re always living in the moment focusing on what’s in your hands. You don’t worry about any deadlines because you’ve already added them to your schedule. Every morning you wake up and take a look at your schedule to see what you will do this day. Easy and simple, right ?
I know that this might sound a little bit out of this world. But, it’s very possible. Obviously, it will need some time to reach this high level of personal organization and commitment. It’s normal, because everything that is worth having requires so much time and effort. Get started now then !
More Time To develop Yourself & Learn More
A time management system will enable you to have more free time during the week. The best way to use your free time is to develop your skills and work on fixing your personal weaknesses. Also, you can devote a few hours a week for reading new books or for practicing an outdoor sport. Furthermore, you can use this time to start a part-time job on the internet by working as a writer for example.
The main point is that a well established time management system will give you the opportunity to keep learning and experiencing new things in your life. Consequently, you’ll be able to constantly develop yourself and improve your life.
I hope that this post has helped convincing you that you really need to establish a time management system. It might seem at first complicated. However, it’s actually simpler than you might think. I’ll devote another post soon to explain in easy steps how to establish an effective time management system. So, stay tuned !
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