Time – Tips on how to manage your time Part 2
It is all a matter of how we think about time. If we are enjoying ourselves, time seems to fly by. But if we are working on a laborious task, or dealing with an uncomfortable situation, time simply drags. But the actual reality of time is the same, no matter what we are doing. Therefore it is more about how we think about time, our mindset. And our understanding of how we are dealing with our life in each exact moment of our day.
We need to find a way to develop our ability to make one hour feel like one minute and one minute feel like an hour. This is a specific skill and here are my tips to help you.
The best solution is always to live every day fully by filling the time you have available during the day with important tasks. Think carefully about how you categorise important tasks. With most people urgent demands seem to take over and control our lives. We tend to pay immediate attention and react to those things that seem like we have no control over. We tend not to think about it but just do it. This is because we have been trained to do things that are urgent. We react to other people’s priorities – or worse, we never learnt how to separate urgent from important.
But what you are really missing out on might be the things that mean the most to you. These differ from person to person. For some it may be enjoying some quality time with your family or friends. Or it could be time spent doing something that you enjoy just for yourself.
- Don’t spend your day on urgent tasks – but look at the important tasks as well
- Don’t just react on whatever new comes your way
- Don’t interrupt your flow to pay bills, answer the phone, check emails, respond to texts
- Do make a to do list of your daily tasks
- Do understand each task and make sure you categorise them into Important or Urgent
- If anything is both Important and Urgent – this needs to go to the top of the list
- Avoid anything that is not Important or Urgent
Once you start to follow this simple routine, you will begin to understand what you are doing with your time. You can then decide whether you are spending too much time on reacting to other people’s priorities, or if you have got the balance just right.
I hope you find these tips and thoughts helpful. I would love to hear what you think about my ideas, and anything else you have come up with. Tell me what you think by posting your comments below. Why don’t you Share this with your friends and family by clicking the Facebook icon or following us on Twitter?
About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.