The Importance of Managing Time

If like me you find yourself wondering where the day went and missing out on quality time with your families, relaxing and taking time for yourself, then like me you are part of an ever increasing population of poor time managers.

The fact of the matter is many people today are operating under time constrants. We simply don’t have enough hours in the day to accomplish all that we want to. This creates an enormous amount of stress for us and our loved ones. We may feel as if we are constantly operating under deadline. We may feel fatigued and frustrated, and we may wonder if we are missing out on much of life because we spend so much time “doing” and not enough time “relaxing" We’re stressed at work, stressed at home, and stressed in life. The irony is, the more we do, the more behind we seem to get. We are constantly on the run, yet we may feel as if we are accomplishing very little. As a result, our frustration grows. We may become short-tempered, especially with those we love. We may feel as if we are constantly running tired, angry, confused, panicky and anxious.

The good news is there is hope, even in the midst of what might seem a hopeless situation. We can get control of our lives and control of our time. It may take a little bit of effort and time, but it will be well worth it in the long run, trust me well worth it, both for yourself and your family.

Many people feel as if they lack time to do the important things in life simply because they do not take the time to prioritize. Write down a list of your goals for the week. Then go through the goals and rank them in order of importance. After that task is completed, figure out just how much time you would need to accomplish each goal. You may find that just five minutes here or there can make all the difference in the world in achieving the items on your priority list.

Next, learn to multi-task effectively. That time you spend waiting for a lift could be used walking the stairs hence killing two birds with one stone, there is options to save time and manage it better if you think about it. Consider these moments as opportunities to accomplish some small, yet important, tasks. In order to be effective as a worker, spouse, and parent, you’ll need some alone time. Get an appointment book and actually schedule a block of time just for yourself. Your alone time could be spent on a hobby, working out, praying, re-evaluating your priorities and relaxing. Just be sure that you have some alone time each day. Otherwise, you’ll be shortchanging yourself, and you’ll feel more stressed as a result. Don’t be afraid to say no. You cannot be a cub scout leader, girl scout leader, fundraising, counsellor and friend all at once. You’ll need to pick and choose your assignments, both your professional assignments and your personal ones. If you simplify your life, you might be surprised at how much time you’ll gain—and how much better you will feel. Sometimes, it takes some backbone to say no. You might disappoint someone. But, in the end, you’ll be much better off, knowing that you have not over committed yourself. You should consider your time to be precious and sacred.

There are a number of duties which make demands on your time, those you love and those you don’t care for. By employing some innovative scheduling techniques, you can set aside the time for those things that are truly important to you. You’ll be less stressed, more relaxed, and better able to cope with the challenges you encounter on a daily basis. As you become less stressed out, you might find that your children, spouse, and friends follow your lead. And your world will become more harmonious as a result.

You have a choice, it's yours to take and yours to make.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Really Good Article. I need more practice but started to stand back today and said NO twice, not as bad as first expected.