Your worst enemy is not your boss or math teacher or your children but TIME, especially the lack of time. This is what prevents from completing the duties and activities of daily life. Imagine that your life is a giant hourglass made from grains of sand flowing down and you’re drowning in the flood of sand – work and chores – flowing constantly. We can learn a lot if we come to realize the importance of every drop of sand as it continues to pour down on you.
It is important to understand how our rest, our sleep and our lifestyle affect our work, our hobbies and our studies. Time management is an organizational aspect of life, and we must give it more attention. However, time management is also part of a personal learning program that allows us to manage our interactions with those around us and to better understand the changes in the environment.
1. Remember to set a deadline for achieving your goals.
Use a time mechanism for each task and you’ll find that your resources are all the “open” opportunities that are yet to be uncovered on another corner.
2 . Prepare for contingencies.
You should always be flexible since every day is filled with surprises. Even if you have the best laid plan and time frame for such plan, accept that from time to time, you need to change your strategy.
3. You are but human.
Accept no human being is supposed to do all on our own. There are things we do better with others and vice versa. Perfection is not a human condition.
4. Specialize, if not, then delegate!
Focus on excellence in what you do well. Enjoy how proper use of time benefits you as you move into new areas that you would like to learn. Delegate to other employees or other professionals the things that you are less capable of doing. When you trust them, you save valuable time.
5. Know your energy rhythms!
This is essential! You should know and honor your energy level. You need to ask yourself. Am I a morning person? If you see loss of productivity at a certain time then you should try to know your own rhythms. This is a great technique to save time.
6. Know what is important and urgent .
These tasks are those that must be done immediately, otherwise you are going to face serious consequences. The payment of bills for example is something that you should not think about missing or else, you will face a far graver consequence. You should know the things that special attention. Consider doing actions that must be performed without delay and give them the highest priority.
7. Focus your actions in the present moment.
Develop habits that will help you to focus on what you do right now. Do not get distracted by thoughts about what you have to do next. You MUST be the “body and soul” of everything you do.