We have all been given 24 hours in a day. Then, how do some of us appear to have more time to themselves than others?
Time management is not an outcome of complex calculations. It is as simple as it can be.
We need more time than we normally spend to savour the goodies of life.
When time is a universal constant, it needs to be handled differently.
Over the years I have come to learn 3 mantras of time management that seem to work well irrespective of the degree of perceived odds. I will not state them as principles because these are approaches that may be interpreted differently by different people.
Before I dwell on the 3 mantras, I want you to note that surprisingly, to manage time, we do nothing to the time itself. We cannot change the nature and unit of time. But, we could do things differently to make use of the time constant dished out to us.
Time Management Mantra # 1: Make the Right Choice(s)
When we want to accomplish more than the time may allow in our lives, it becomes a matter of choice. What we do on a daily or a regular basis should contribute to a bigger goal. In other words, in order not to indulge in activities whose cumulative results lead you nowhere, you must focus on activities that are derived from what you want to achieve in the long run. For example, a daily walk/jog from point A to B (when you may have the choice to drive) makes sense only if it is aimed at a long-term goal of physical fitness or endurance or simply, just plain pleasure. Otherwise, that walk may be a waste of your time.
How do you design activities of your day that sum up to a bigger overall benefit? For that, you need to abstract to higher goals of your life first.
This is how it works. If you realize, you do not have life goals, you will have to identify those first. Then, you must mark them as milestones on the timeline. To stay on course, you may want to leverage the principle of abstraction (see one of my earlier posts, ‘Planning Horizons: Leveraging the Principle of Abstraction’).
When you begin to strive to ‘stay on course’, your day-to-day activities become more meaningful and relevant in your perception.
Does this time-management exercise have to be this impersonal? No.
This mantra applies equally well to ‘achieving tangible goals’ and ‘living life’. For example, if you choose to interact with your friend more often, it may not be the derived result of a tangible goal you have in mind but a goal that makes your life worth living, that is, to keep your friend forever!
So, irrespective of what choices mean to you, just make the right ones. Only you are best judge of what choices are right for you.
Please stay tuned for the other 2 mantras of Time Management…