Time Management 101

Time is more valuable than money.

It is the one resource we can’t get back.

Learning how to manage your time says much about how you value your life.

What does a life without proper time management  look like?

  • Putting out fires frequently
  • Stress
  • Tense relationships
  • Bad communication
  • Saying “yes” to everyone
  • Lack of self-discipline
  • Lack of motivation
  • Procrastination
  • Multi-tasking
  • Feeling overwhelmed

You have to understand your time is part of your energy currency.

How you perceive time can be different than how others perceive it. Therefore, success is not measured by how “busy” you are but rather how productive you are with your time.

This is a principle to apply for your business and your life.

Time is perceived differently across cultures.

Most Western cultures see time as linear (past – present – future), some European cultures see it as multi-active while some Oriental ones see it as cyclic.

Time perception may vary not only in terms of kronos or kairos (divine timing) but also pending on Parkinson’s Law.

Parkinson’s Law implies that any activity can expand to any time space you give it.

Therefore, its good to start valuing your time.

How? There is not one formula to do so and according to your preference, there are multiple of methods and apps you can use to begin this journey.

But a good first step to start time management is:

Start tracking your time.

Ask yourself: How you spend it? Where? With who? Why?

A good second step to follow is:

Identify your time wasters.

This task includes seeking deep within your mindset blocks. In other words, start reflecting upon what is causing you to… procrastinate, stress out, fear planning, leaving tasks unfinished, arriving late, not trusting yourself?

Once you get deep in this process, time management methods I recommend you to try are:

  1. To – do lists with deadlines
  2. The Eisenhower Matrix: Urgent vs. Important tasks
  3. Block your time in chunks (similar activities or themes)
  4. Pomodoro Technique: 25 minutes attention blocks with multiple short breaks
  5. 80/20 rule: 20 percent of your tasks equal 80 percent of the results

Remember, when you start paying attention to your time, how valuable it is and how foolish we are by taking it for granted, your life will change.

You will engage in living.

Not as a victim or spectator of things “happening to you” but as a protagonist of your life, making things happen for you.

Published by Natalia Bonilla

Soy periodista y productora independiente de documentales sobre paz y género. En mi blog publico entrevistas, apuntes de viajes, actualizaciones de proyectos y despertares sobre lo que ocurre en el mundo.

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