What is time, really?
Here’s a quote that sums it all up in a couple of lines:
“Time is free, priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.”
What it time management?
Time management is the art of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, over the course of the day.
Why is effective time management important?
There are several effective time management techniques that you can look up, but the one that should help you get started, consistently improve your results and my personal favorite, is the RAC Method, which I will discuss later, in this article. Keep reading…
Is time management a problem for you?
Do you realize, at the end of the day, that you’ve accomplished absolutely nothing? Does a fifteen-minute break turn into a four-hour YouTube binge session. Do you tend to lag in school or at work? Are you the type of person who reaches the airport 20 mins before departure?
Do you honestly think, that you could benefit from better time management?
If the answer to all the questions above happens to be a spontaneous ‘Yes’, you do have a problem managing your time.
Studies have shown that those who have troubles with time management, in general, do not feel very good about their lives. It’s time you start taking some serious steps to better manage your time.
The link between addictions and time management:
Time management techniques, aside, not being able to manage your time, implies that you are not in control of your life. That, in turn implies that something else is in control of your life.
This could be as simple as a basic social media addiction or something serious like a drug addiction. If you are aware of the fact that something else is controlling your life (you have an addiction), it is crucial for you to seek help and fix that first.
Unless you are in complete control of your day, no time management strategy can help you out.
The RAC Method: Time management like a CEO:
This is my choice of technique, to manage my time, and here’s why:
The RAC Method is based on the principle that paying attention to how you manage your time helps you manage it better.
It is an easy to implement, 3 step procedure. The steps mentioned below are nothing but ways for you to be conscious of what you are doing throughout the day, thus better managing your time. Often times, we start off with a small break and get carried away. Being conscious of what we’re doing, helps prevent this.
STEP 1: Record:
When you wake up tomorrow, grab a journal or a sheet of paper and note down exactly how long it takes you to carry out your activities throughout the day.
Record every single activity- the 10 minutes you spend taking a dump, the 30 minutes you spend trying to ask Jane out after work, the time you spend on social media while at work, the 15 minutes you spent waiting for your coffee at the café, everything. Exercise your consciousness and be self-aware of every single minute you spend on something.
STEP 2: Analyze:
At the end of the day, spend 10 minutes or so, going through the list and pick the activities that you feel were not the best use of your time. Remember the quote: “Once you’ve lost it, you cannot get it back.”
STEP 3: Change:
Try and pick out at least 5 time wasters, to work on every week. Try and avoid these activities.
Change your schedule, if necessary.
Keep optimizing your schedule until the day you realize that you have spent every waking minute working towards your goal, and you feel great about it.
Even then, do a RAC test every now and again.
A couple of extra time management tips:
Don’t beat yourself up, and take a break from work when needed.
Have troubles sending out individual e-mails and replying to clients late in the night? Set up an auto response system. Hire a virtual assistant to help you calculate and tabulate data.
Try and put a hundred percent focus into the task at hand, even if you don’t like it. If you’re constantly thinking about what Jane might be texting you, you’ll never stop checking your phone.
Giving the task at hand a hundred percent focus not only helps you stay away from distractions, but helps you complete it on time; and that right there is better time management.
In the context of this article, goals will help you stay driven and focused on the task at hand. Trust me, if you have a burning desire to get to your goals, you wouldn’t have a second to check out Jane’s latest status update on Facebook. You have more important things to do.
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