Friday, April 15, 2011

Manage your time!

Eisha Sarkar
Posted on Hello Wellness on Apr 13, 2011


You miss your son's fourth birthday party because you've got an important meeting at work. You hate yourself for having to choose. But then you promise you'll make up for it during the weekend or the next time, next year. The word 'next' gives you a sense of hope, or an opportunity. And so the 'next times' keep getting added to your list, till you find you're too late to catch up. Time is the only thing in life you will never get back. You lose money, you can earn it again. You lose face, you can work hard to get back the respect you once commanded. But you lose time and the moments are lost forever. Manage your time to manage your life.

Prioritise
Create your own things-to-do list. Jot down all your tasks to have a clear idea from the most urgent to the deferrable. Only when you write them down will you be able to devise strategies to achieve them. Cut or delegate activities that you don't enjoy or can't handle.

Act
Now that you have created your list, act. People keep drawing up lists and timetables and scrapping them and then making new ones again.  Set your goals and realistic deadlines to achieve them. And if you hit a roadblock, review your list and see what other tasks you may be able to complete in the time it takes to clear. Make the most of the opportunities you have today instead of worrying about what you missed out on yesterday.

Say "No"
Whether it's your boss asking you to spearhead an extra project or your neighbour asking you to mind her kids, remember that it's OK to politely decline. Don’t do things out of a false sense of obligation. Do things you enjoy, instead.

Watch out
Track how much time you spend on the Internet, checking emails, Facebook, watching TV or talking on the phone. These activities rob you of precious time for other activities.

Keep your focus, ignore the interruptions and balance your work and life to get more out of the years you have left.

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