Though we try to save it, make it, keep it and cherish it, we often don’t
acknowledge “times” impact on our life. Supposedly it heals all wounds, it flies, it’s the same as money, it waits for no man and it even marches on.
Time is so precious that it’s correlated with love. If you feel that someone doesn’t love you, chances are it’s because they’re not spending enough time with you.
Experts advise that if you can master time, you can control your life. Makes sense, but I’m doubtful that people are really developing that mastery?
Have you noticed microwave pop tarts appearing on supermarket shelves? Chances are if you’re micro-waving pop tarts, your schedule is perhaps a tad too tight. Additionally consider the fact that most airports now have luggage stores. I can only surmise that people are so pressed for time that they can’t even pack at home anymore and have to purchase a piece of Samsonite while running to their gate.
Modern technology may not save us time as much as it allows us to do more every day. Perhaps multi-tasking has come about to reduce the stress of trying to accomplish all that we supposedly can and should be able to do.
Today we watch TV while surfing the net, proof a report while tweeting, attend a meeting while texting, iron our clothes while still wearing them.
Just the other day, while stopped at a red light, I noticed the driver in the car next to me shaving! Have you ever witnessed that? Quite frankly, when she picked up her leg, rested it on the dash board and took out that Lady Gillette , I almost passed out.
Studies show that what’s often assumed to be age-related memory loss may actually be due in great part to multi-tasking.
Malcolm Forbes once said there is never enough time unless you’re serving it. Therefore here are some tips to help you better master your time:
#1 Understand it is only possible to live happily on a day- to- day basis. This is not to infer that you shouldn’t plan for tomorrow, just that ignoring today for tomorrow can prove disappointing and may be a waste of time.
#2 Plan for fun, rest and recreation as they are all essential parts of the productive and regenerative rhythm of life. It is unwise to run a machine until it breaks down. Schedule time for enjoyment and rejuvenation.
#3 Don’t major in the minors. Avoid over- deliberation when making minor choices. Prioritizing has to do with recognizing what deserves your time and what doesn’t.
#4 Instead of one daily “to do” list. Split that list up into two parts; a “will do” list and a “might do” list. Frustration mounts when we overlook what we really wanted to do in favor of doing other things that could have waited.
#5 Keep a “not to do” list . We all have said, “I’ll never do that again.” Jotting it down helps you to remember your promise to yourself. The disease, to always try and please, can easily eat up your valuable time.
#6 Make the trash can your best friend. Over-saving is the single greatest cause of disorganization. Most of us have spent hours looking for things we couldn’t find?
Remember how you spend your time is far more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can be fixed, money can be recouped. However, once you’ve lost those hours or those minutes, you are never seeing them again. Every morning we are handed twenty four golden hours. Pack as much pleasure into them as you possibly can.
Nicki Joy, is an International Motivational Speaker and the author of “What Winners Do To Win.”