"I love to, but I don't have the Time"
Updated: Aug 13
Author: D DAKSHITA LAXMI
Do you end up giving up on things that matter to you? You might have enough on your plate to keep yourself busy around the clock. It seems like there is never enough time in a day.
All of us get the same 24 hours but why is it that some people work and achieve so much more with than others? How you divide your time among various activities differentiates you from others. Even when the time is tight and, pressures are high, it only requires strategic planning and shifting to achieve anything.
We know that we can manage our time more effectively, but sometimes it can be puzzling to identify the mistakes that most of us are making. Let us explore 4 things that are important to manage time effectively.
1) Divide your tasks: Most of us have a misconception that only important and urgent tasks must be done. Rather you must do everything in life. You must analyze your tasks your daily tasks and determine them based on importance and urgency. Like you may have to finish an important assignment, meet up a friend, exercise, and attend a call. You need to divide these tasks and assess anything that you should do or you shouldn't, or to do it now, or later based on your energy and interest levels.
2) Analyze your day: Are you a morning person? Or do you find your energy intensifying once the sun begins to gloam in the evening? All of us have different rhythms and patterns, that is, at different times of day when we feel most productive and energetic. Paying keen attention to how you spend your day will help you to work around your productivity peaks and figure out when you’re most productive. By analyzing your productivity peaks, you can optimize your workload to fit in around when you’re more likely to excel at different types of work that involve linear or nonlinear thinking. For instance, some people prefer doing work related to creativity early in the morning while others complete crucial tasks early in the day so that they can free up their minds from clutter to focus and enjoy creative work later in the evening.
You can make the best use of your time by scheduling high-value work during your peak time, and low-energy work (like returning phone calls and checking email), during your "down" time.
3) Be realistic: One of the trickiest tasks is allotting an optimum amount of time for each task. We often believe that having a fixed schedule makes things more predictable and controllable. In reality, if a particular task gets held up or delayed, there is a disruption in the schedule. Hence our entire schedule gets disturbed. Have a flexible time table and adjust as needed. Have a contingency plan.
4) Use your in-between time: Does it take a long time for you to travel every morning? Do you have more than an hour's break for lunch? Do you have to wait for your bus to come? Utilize your waiting period to the fullest! If you're a book lover, you can bring a book or read e-books while you travel. If you love to paint, bring a sketchbook along while you wait for the bus to arrive. If you're learning how to cook, read cooking blogs on your phone or thumb through a cookbook or videos or anything that'll inspire you to get in the mood to jump into the kitchen when you get back home with the recipe ready in hand. Use your "In-between" time to get the best of you.
When we manage our time well, we tend to be exceptionally productive at work, and as a result, stress levels drop. We can devote this time to socializing, exercising, chilling along your high-reward projects that can make a real difference in our life. In short, we're better, smarter, and happier!
Have a great day ahead!