When the topic of Time Management was first introduced, the intention was to teach people smart ways to make their lives more productive and less stressful.
Surprisingly, time management turned out to be a source of tension and unhappiness.
People are always complaining that they don’t have enough time.
I believe the secret to making time work for you is very simple.
It is all about: CHOICE
You can’t buy or save time. In the beginning of each day your account is filled with 24 hours. And at the end of each day, the account is empty. There is no way you can buy more time, or save a few hours for the next day.
So, time management is all about your choice of how you’re going to spend the 24 hours available to you each day.
Here Are 5 Tips To Make Time Work For You:
1. The Most Important First
The problem has never been lack of more free hours. The problem is always in having too many activities that you want to do and stuff inside your schedule.
Not everything is of equal importance. That’s why you need to consciously decide which tasks are the most important and to do them FIRST. And whatever time is left, you can allocate it to secondary activities.
This way at the end of the day, you’ll feel accomplished, because you’ve done the things that mattered most to you.
Watch this amazing video of the legendary Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, explaining the concept of ‘first things first‘.
2. Don’t Be Perfect
Research at the university of New Mexico revealed that excessive perfectionism makes people ill and also damages the economy. Those who give themselves permission to be sloppy live a happier and simpler life.
No one can be perfect. If you’ve an idea or a task at hand the needs to be done, just get it done.
Mike Litman, author of Conversations with Millionaires, said, “You don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going.”
This little quote helped me achieve a lot of things in my life. I used to be a perfectionist. I had a lot of good ideas, but I always failed to ship my ideas to people who could benefit from them. I always procrastinated, because I wanted everything to be perfect.
Once I started applying Mike’s advice, everything changed. I could establish my online business, start my speaking career, and write my first book The Pharaohs’ Code.
I chose to be continuously improving rather than waiting for everything to be perfect. Truth is that the perfect time never comes.
Getting things going is a perfect strategy for overcoming procrastination. Do what needs to be done immediately.
You don’t have to be perfect, because no one can be. You just have to be competent and to get better every day.
3. Don’t Manage Stress
Yes, you’ve read it correctly. Do NOT manage stress.
Stress management is overrated. Why on earth do you have to manage something harmful? If you are stressed, it would be insane if you try to manage that stress. If you’re sane, and I know you are, you should simply relax!
If you don’t relax, you’ll become ill and you will not be able to perform and deliver the results with the expected quality from you.
If you are stressed, you become nervous and treat people badly. On the other hand, when you simplify your life and take time to relax, you become more likable and lovable.
Fact is that people who are workaholic and never stop for a rest become ill. Moreover, you’ll push the relationship with your family over the edge.
Don’t manage stress. Just relax when you feel stressed.
4. Say NO
In the Midway Simplicity Show, saying no is probably the number one experts’ advice to simplify your time.
It is very important to say no without feeling guilty. When you don’t want to do something, just don’t do it. You probably agree to do so many things for other people just because you don’t want to look rude or are afraid that saying no will ruin your relationships.
The result is that you end up so stretched, stressed and unfulfilled. And you don’t find enough time for what matters most to you.
Here are a few polite phrases that you can use to say no without looking rude or aggressive:
- Give me some time consider.
- That’s a great offer, but I can’t accept it at the moment.
- I’m very sorry, other things are taking up my time at the moment.
- That’s something I don’t do as a matter of policy. I’m sure you understand.
- Hmm… can I choose no? (with a smile)
5. Slow Down
“How can I slow down while having so many things that must be done?”, you may ask.
Slowing down is important because what you really need is to enjoy your life more, NOT to get ALL things done. You are not a cog in a machine. You’re a human being in a journey to enjoy, add value, live simply and maximize your life experience.
Stop focusing all the time on the results. Instead, try to enjoy the journey itself. It feels better to know that you don’t have to keep on rushing all the time.
You deserve to stop, breathe and feel the beauty of the simple pleasures that life has to offer.
What do you think of these tips? Do you have more tips to share that made time work for you?