How to manage your time! Not as easy as it sounds but who said it is impossible?
How are you dearies, I believe you are having a great week. Thank you for stopping by, let’s get started 🙂
So, you guys know I have been struggling with procrastination and lucky me I found ways to beat it and now I am doing pretty well. But then the struggle comes when I have to manage my time.
We all want to not only be able to do what we have to do (not procrastinate) but we have to make sure that we do everything in a reasonable amount of time, we must manage our time and stay productive.
I found ways to manage my time through the monk who sold his Ferrari, what a nice book! Remember I shared some lessons on 10 ways of radiant living. I still live by those 10 tips and I am happy to say my life is getting better and these can help you do the same.
This book is amazing, so much to learn. If you haven’t read it yet be sure to have your copy, I promise it is worth it.
Here are 5 ways I manage my time:
- Set priorities for each day
We all know how long our to-do lists can be sometimes and you have no idea where to even start, so you are just sitting there complaining about how you have so much to do and the funny thing is that you are not doing any of things you have to do. That’s why having priorities will help you know exactly where to start and where you want to reach the end of the day. You must have a definite purpose for your day for you to stay productive. You must set goals.
Julian (in the book) says, your mind is a garden how you take care of it determines how you spend your days and planning helps your mind to know what it has to do, when and why.
Enlightened people are priority driven, let your priorities drive your day.
- Learn to say no and don’t let others steal your time
Okay, I will be straight with you, this was really hard for me! I couldn’t say no without feeling guilty about it and if I couldn’t say no, then I will say yes and make promises I can’t keep and turn myself into a lying person, yes, that’s how hard it was for me to say a straight no! If you cannot manage to add something else to your already packed to do just simply say ‘no’. Saying no will help you do more of the things that you love to do. And you know they say if you love what you do you won’t have to work a day in your life. I totally agree with this, once you start doing what you love, your perspective of work changes entirely.
Say no to unnecessary calls and chitchats, they are stealing your time. Say no but don’t be rude about it and don’t say no to things that you must do and are your responsibilities but you are just being lazy and you force people to keep reminding you to do them, which is just not cool!
Learn to say no. Having the courage to say no to the little things in life will give you the power to say yes to the big things.
- Stop acting like you have 500 years to live
Do you have those weekends that you wake up and spend all the weekend in your pajamas, watching movies and when Monday comes you start asking yourself how the hell did you lose 48 hours of your life? Yeah, I have those as if I have 500 years in store for me! What a shame!
The best time to plant a tree was forty years ago. The second best time is today. Don’t waste even one minute of your day. Develop a deathbed mentality.
If you knew that today is your last day to be alive, would you still spend your time the way you do? If yes, then you have your whole life figured out and if not you need to change something in your life. Life is too short to waste it on things that won’t matter in the next 5 years from now if they don’t, then stop wasting your precious commodity – time.
I had this thought of deathbed mentality a few months back, I wrote here “if I am going to die tomorrow” have a look at this and you will better understand the deathbed mentality.
- You must have self-discipline
Planning, priorities, goal setting and saying no sound so easy to do but trust me none of these are as easy as it sounds! You must be disciplined enough to commit yourself to doing what you say you are going to do. You must push yourself to do more and be more. Julian says time mastery lead to life mastery. Self-discipline doesn’t get strong overnight you have to put in the work, you must have willpower and promise yourself that nothing will stop you from doing what you say you will do at the time you said you will. Be creative in managing your time.
The most productive people in this world have cultivated the habit of doing the things that less productive people don’t like doing, even though they too might not like doing them.
- Have fun
Laughter opens your heart and soothes your soul. No one should ever take life so seriously that they forget to laugh at themselves.
Managing your time and being productive doesn’t mean you should forget to have fun along the way, if you do, well then you will be putting off living which is a bad idea. Why go to all the trouble if you can’t enjoy and be happy about your life? Have a sense of humor, it will do you good.
Do something fun, take care of yourself, I take care of plants it makes me feel happy, you should see me do that. I have fun with it and the plants do too, that is the best part of it.
Time slips through our hands like grains of sand, never to return again. Those who use time wisely from an early age are rewarded with rich, productive and satisfying lives.
So, how do you manage your time and stay productive as much as possible? lets talk in comments below.
Until next time,