Managing Your Time Is A Major Priority
Digest this! There are 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week, 672 hours a month, and 8064 hours a year. How are you managing your time?
Time is the raw ingredient needed to get anything worthwhile done. Time is by far more precious and valuable than money, and it’s the only element in the universe that is irretrievable when it’s lost. Lose money you can earn it back, lose a job you can find another one, but lose time and it’s gone forever. That’s why managing your time effectively will lead you to achieving a more successful lifestyle in every aspect.
The average person has 2,400 minutes to themselves each week. That is a huge amount of time, so what are you doing with it? Are you being productive? Or just wasting the precious time you have on this Earth?
Looking back at my 20’s I can honestly say that I didn’t manage my time as well as I could have. Now in my 30’s my whole perception of life has changed for the best. A lot can be achieved in a day if you know what you are doing. Better yet, when you stop trying to bypass time because you’re bored and start to manage your time, It’s a hell of a lot easier to be more productive while letting go of everything else you don’t want to do.
Ultimately there are four real ways to manage your time: by thought, by conversation, by actions and by distractions. Choose wisely!
Taking ownership of your time gives you the ability to manage how much time you spend on your thoughts, conversations, actions and purposeful distractions that will guide you on your path to a fulfilled lifestyle.
“By letting other people set your purpose in life, you will never be truly fulfilled” – Lee Copp
What if 75% of your results came from 25% of your managed time? Imagine if you got it so perfect, that you only needed to work that 25%. Protecting your personal time like a valuable investment is hugely important. I look at people today who don’t cherish the time that they have, wishing that I could get through to them, explaining how important each minute is no matter who you are. Too many of us sit around doing nothing, passing time playing meaningless games, going to the pub and other unproductive things. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying don’t do these activities at all, but like everything in life, there needs to be a balance.
People who say they’re bored, to me, seem lost from any sort of purpose in life and I think of them as out of sync with the universe. There unconnected on a vibrational level, and they cant see the importance of something that’s being given to them for free. These individuals are also not fulfilling any life purpose at the current time and need to be encouraged to find their path in life again. I know from experience what it feels like to be lost and have no sense of who you are. Here are some tips I wrote down on how to find your life purpose.
Out of sync people (by no fault of their own) take time for granted without even knowing, and instead of harnessing it to improve their life, health, career, and relationships, they let it fly by. When you’re truly synced with both the universe and time, you may even take the experience of it for granted too. For example, have you ever done something you’ve fully enjoyed, or took part in an event that’s just flown by? Hours or days have just whizzed by like seconds? Those are the moments you are truly synced with the universe/time. Human life should be filled with these moments, there signs from the universe telling us that we are on the right path.
In the world we live in, society amongst other things do not contribute towards that sort of life. Instead, I believe they keep individuals (like yourself) oblivious to ways on achieving a better understanding of life while secretly managing your time (though many avenues, and subliminal concepts) without you knowing, taking away your ability to focus on working towards a purposeful life. This usually leads people down dark roads, mental health problems, or an unhappy lifestyle. Only a certain percentage of the world will ever achieve this straight away, while others struggle to find the solution by overcoming obstacles, the rest of the population which is about 60% will just feel like “that’s life” and be content with it, without evening aiming for a better life (I call these people the average Joe). All this will only change when the world’s secret organisations decide it’s time to change for the best. But that will not happen as world-systems/organisations/governments etc will fall apart, and ruin what they have built up for decades. We don’t live in the world that you might think.
Anyway, that’s another story for a post in the future, so if you guys want to to get into why I think like that, or the secret organisations running the world without you knowing about, let me know in the comments below.
Back to managing time, everyday life has too many distractions that some we can’t avoid, but we can organize, or change them to suit our lifestyle better. And that’s what I want to get people to see, and help them to change their own.
“Whatever it is you do today, remember it’s important, because you’re exchanging PRECIOUS time in your life for it, and you can NEVER get it back.” – Lee Copp
After deciding that I wanted to change my whole lifestyle to serve the development of my personality, health, attitude, career and life purpose. I delved into the world of information and researched into the highly effective habits of successful people to allow me to become more productive with the time that I have been given in this world. The main concept I found is that ultra-productive people focus on getting a lot done by managing their time wisely using every minute they have at their disposal. And while researching I discovered an interesting fact that most productive people tend to start their day in the early hours, around 4 or 5 am. Compared to the majority of unsuccessful individuals who start there days between 9 am and 3 pm.
“Laziness is not a habit, Its a negative attitude towards yourself.” – Lee Copp
Managing your time is crucial to achieving a more productive lifestyle, and since I’ve added 4 am starts to my day, I can honestly see the benefits. By 9 am I’ve worked out, had breakfast, done house chores, and finished a work/personal task. It also sets you up for the day, making you feel like you’ve got one up on everyone else you come in contact with during the day. Not in an arrogant way, but in a way that your more focused, determined and motivated before there even out of bed. If that makes sense, people who do this will know what I mean. I hope!
When managing your time remember that each task should be realistic, attainable and time-bound. I found setting goals important as it helped me to improve on all my daily tasks. Having time limits will also push you to focus and be more efficient.
If you need to, write down whatever your tasks are, and come up with a plan to make them more structured and clearer, so that you know what to focus on when the free time is available for you to start working on them.
Managing your time is not just about having more free time, it’s about knowing what you want to achieve/want to do and start using that valuable time to be more productive.
“If you don’t start prioritizing your own life today, you’ll either resent yourself for not doing it, or somebody else will organize it for you” – Lee Copp
The time you’ve lost up until this moment can’t be reclaimed. But the time you have from now can be utilized, becoming the pinnacle moment you decide to give yourself the extra time to work on every single aspect of your life to make it better. I guarantee you by starting today and being 100% committed, it will be the most important thing you do with your life, and whoever you are, it’s never too late to start changing. One thing I’ve learnt on my life travels and personal experiences are to never compare yourself with another individual. We are all unique in our own ways and have been given our own path in life to figure out and live.
Setting Time Goals – Managing Your Time
Human beings, when faced with a limit, can overcome it with sheer determination and focus. Everyone has that will power deep down inside that makes us push harder and improve further. And this is what you should be aiming for when managing the time you have. For example, once you’ve got into a decent routine that you’re happy with, set yourself time goals to help you achieve to be more productive. For instance, can you do the same task 5 minutes quicker? Maybe even 10 minutes? Don’t just settle!
By doing this, you’ll start to find yourself becoming more productive during the time you’ve applied to your work because you’ll have to get it done faster, which in turn will increase your focus.
Don’t be afraid to try little things like giving yourself 30 minutes or an hour to complete something. If the task is too large to complete in the time frame split it into smaller tasks throughout the day, and try and close the time goals with those smaller tasks. What I like to do, is if I find myself getting frustrated with a task, and running out of time to finish it. Rather than getting even more frustrated, I let myself take a break with that specific task and give myself some time to relax or move onto another task. Always be aware of your feelings and emotions, If you need to take a break, do so. Don’t push yourself if you don’t need to, you’re the one in control of your time. Workaround it if needs be. This way you still keep your time organized while also maintaining a healthy and positive mental attitude throughout your day. I also tend to find that taking a short break from a task and going back to it, lets me have a fresher view on the project I’m working on.
Over time, like me, you might find that setting tighter deadlines for each of your tasks, results in you being inspired to find more productive ways to meet those deadlines and get your work done.
The Pomodoro Technique
If you haven’t heard of The Pomodoro Technique before, it’s a concept of working with time, rather than struggling with it. It can help you power through distractions, getting things done in short bursts.
Developed by Italian entrepreneur Francesco Cirillo, The Pomodoro Technique is strictly about time-management. Cirillo invented this simple study habit while he was still a college student in the late 1980s to help him maximize his productivity and reduce the feeling of being burnt out.
Like I discussed above before, The Pomodoro Technique focuses on working in short, intensely focused bursts while giving yourself a brief break to recover and start over again. Cirillo suggests using a timer while using his technique but using it myself, you can manage your time accordingly. This is where being connected with your emotions and feelings will help, as you can sense within yourself that your energy levels are nearly depleted, your stressed, anxiety is creeping in or you’re getting tired. If you feel any of these symptoms just stop, take a break and recover. This allows you to complete large complex tasks by breaking them down into manageable intervals.
High Priority Tasks vs Medium/Low Priority Tasks
Most people tend to get their daily priorities in life mixed around or maybe they just don’t give a thought about them in any specific order. After reading “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey, each day I would write down what tasks needed doing or what needed to be completed. I would then check through the list and markdown which ones were a high priority and which ones weren’t. This helped me to manage my time, completing the tasks that were more important first. It’s your duty to understand which jobs are urgent and needs immediate attention and also what jobs are slightly less important that can either wait until the end of the day or even be postponed until tomorrow.
Why invite pressure into your life by giving yourself extra tasks in a 24-hour window when leaving them for the next day will have no impact towards you? Being smart and setting clear rules and boundaries will help so that you don’t end up taking on too much.
When you separate your tasks into an urgent, important and “a” needs to be done category, you’re more likely to give all your attention to each task as getting them done in a prioritized order, fills you with satisfaction each time one is completed. This also takes pressure/stress away as the urgency of the tasks decrease due to less importance. Prioritising your daily routines and tasks is a key ingredient to owning your time and increasing your productivity. I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my own productivity and with each day I only improve more.
“To get the right things done, choosing what to ignore is as important as choosing where to focus.” – Peter Bregman
Choose your commitments wisely, and don’t get caught having too much on your plate at once. If you can’t do something, remember you can always say “no”, to live smart you need to be a little selfish. If you pay attention to your commitments, you can reduce the workload and the amount of time taken away from your own work.
Managing Your Time Starts With The Word “No.”
10 years of my life passed me by because of saying “yes” to everyone that asked me to do something. I’ve realised life’s too short to say “yes” to things, activities, events, tasks, friends, and family if it doesn’t fit into my lifestyle or timeframe.
To be honest, it happened to me and I believe that saying “Yes” and not allowing yourself to be more selfish is driving many people to depression. You do have a choice and by saying “no” it’s not the end of the world. Have the courage to take back control of your own life and stop wasting precious time and energy. Make sure to choose your work, projects, and activities effectively and don’t feel guilty for doing something you want to. Too many of us, including myself, make ourselves feel guilty for being selfish. Its time to change! If you find yourself in a scenario where you’re on the brink of saying “yes” to something your unsure of, take a moment or two away from it to give yourself some thinking time. You don’t have to decide right there and then.
“It takes heart to say no when our heart and brains and guts and most important, pride are yearning to say yes, Practice.” – Cole Harmonson
One way I think these days, is that if what I’m accepting to do won’t improve, enhance or make me a better person, then I say “NO” and focus on my own projects that are firstly beneficial to me. You should be saying “yes” to tasks and projects that when your thinking about them, get you excited, motivated and fired up. These are the moments that will give you a feeling of fulfilment, happiness and a sense of purpose in your life. By having that wave of mentality, you will see that your focus will become greater because it’s truly an activity your connecting with. Remember those moments where time flys?
It’s time to start figuring out what the most important things in your life are and cut out the unneeded rubbish. Have a look at my post on “Tips On Finding Your Life Purpose” and start working towards a positive future. If your starting to think that your plate is too full, analyze it and start to narrow down what’s more important to you, and how you can make the most of the precious time you have.
“To ultimately thrive in a world filled with distractions, analyze your time, eliminate the leaks, declutter your routine, and focus on becoming productive.” – Lee Copp
Don’t be afraid to get in touch with me if you have any questions. Stay Safe