“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that was given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Amber Einstein.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Chances are good that, at some time in your life, you’ve read books about time management, and tried to use an electronic or paper-based day planner to organize, prioritize and schedule your day. After using all these you may ask, “do I still feel like I can’t get everything done I need to?”
The answer is simple. Everything you ever learned about managing time is a complete waste of time because it doesn’t work.
The reason time management gadgets and systems don’t work is that these systems are designed to manage clock time. Clock time is irrelevant. You don’t live in or even have access to clock time. You live in real time, a world in which all time flies when you are having fun or drags when you are doing your taxes.
5 Time Management Tips:
I compiled this list of 5 tips to hopefully nudge you in the right direction. There are innumerable hacks and tricks to manage your time effectively. These are some tips that I found helpful, but everyone is different.
1. Get an early start
Nearly all of us are plagued by the procrastinating. It seems to do easy, and you always manage to get it done eventually, so why not?
Take it from a recovering chronic procrastinator – It’s so much nicer and less stressful to get an earlier start on something. It isn’t that difficult either if you just decide firmly to do it.
2. Learn to say “No”
Making a lot of time commitments can teach us how to juggle various engagements and manage our time.
However, you can easily take it too far. At some point, you need to learn to decline opportunities. Your objective should be to take on only those commitments that you know you have time for and that you truly care about.
3. Don’t allow unimportant details to drag you down
We often allow projects to take much, much longer than they could by getting too hung up on small details. I’m guilty of this. I’ve always been a perfectionist.
What I’ve found, though, is that it is possible to push past the desire to constantly examine what I’ve done so far. I’m much better off pressing onward, getting the bulk completed, and revising things afterward.
4. Do something during waiting time
We tend to have a lot of downtimes where we don’t try to do much. Waiting rooms, the line at the store, time on the subway, etc.
Find things to do during this time. I tend to have a lot of reading for classes, so I bring some of it almost everywhere I go and read during the waiting time.
5. One Last Tip (Probably the Best One)
There’s one final tip I want to mention. If you remember one thing from this post, remember this:
Enjoyment should always be the goal. Work can be play.