The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.
– Stephen R. Covey
Time is one of the most important concepts ever. If we spend more time than we have to on something, we are wasting something irreplaceable. Time management is completely underrated. The small details are what count. For example, like writing a list before going to the supermarket to make things easier to remember. Why is that so important to time management? So you’re in a rush. You go to the supermarket for a few things. You get everything, but once you get home, you notice you forgot one thing. That’s already an extra visit to the supermarket. Investing a little time (2 minutes to write the list) will potentially save a lot more time in the future (30 minutes to go to the store again). The risk reward ratio is great.
- Invest time. Use time to save yourself time in the long run. Think long term.
- Time is the most valuable thing there is. ALWAYS be actively conscious of investing it wisely
- Time management is a skill and will become habit with practice.
- Sometimes multitasking is necessary, but focusing on one thing at a time usually gives better results
- Use Parkinson’s Law to make life easier! Keep everything simple, but not any simpler.
- Keep a detailed chart of things to do. Put the most important things first
Just like money, it isn’t wise to spend time recklessly, it’s better to invest time. Taking a deep breath, clear your mind for a second and focus on organizing whatever you are going to do. I guess it would be justified to say “haste is waste” in relation to this. Just like money, opportunities to invest time should be taken advantage of. Once you make it a habit, you’ll begin to invest time synergystically. The trick is to always invest more time with the time you’ve gained from investing. Keep a positive loop.
Just like money, when you invest time, you can withdraw from your return. Finding ways to invest time should give you the reward of watching TV or playing video games later without feeling anxious about something that needs to be done. Time sensitive matters come first, followed by personal matters, appointments, then leisure.
Time Management in Creative Ways
Preparing a meal the night before and heating it up in the morning is a good example of time management in a creative way. When you become more efficient at investing time, now you can use it for future investments. For example. You’ve made breakfast the night before, so now you wake up, eat and leave to work in a more time effective manner. Chances are, you’re going to get to work early since you cut some time from your morning routine. You can use the extra time to experiment and try a different route to work. This is a good future investment because if you find a faster route, then you can save even more time.
That’s why they say the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Buy assets with your newly acquired time(look for more ways to save time with your newly saved time), not liabilities (spend it playing video games).
Stand Your Ground
Be honest with yourself when making plans. Don’t make plans or appointments you can’t keep. Don’t try to squeeze appointments and plans in tightly. Always account for unexpected time consumption. Time management goes hand in hand with developing an assertive personality. Being able to say “no” and stand by it will save you a lot of time and trouble.