Before we start speaking about time management, let’s briefly have a look at this “thing” called personal time.
If you would ask me to define time, I would say it is the only thing, a person, truly possess; the rest of them, being illusionary or temporary belongings ( and yes I mean everything: from your house which can be taken by the bank, up until your body which has a lifespan of no more than 100 years).
Many people don’t realize that time is actually the most expensive commodity on the market.
You may think that when you buy something you pay it with money, but in fact, it’s your time that is traded.
Well in order to have that money, you had to work for it, and that implies to spend a number of hours somewhere, doing something, right?- time lost.
Even to get to that point where you could get a job, you had to go to school, and that was paid with…exactly- your time.
We see all around the world experts in different fields, knowing their business.
All of them, no exception, had to spend many numbers of hours doing that specific thing in order to get where they are.
Some say it takes 10.000 hours for a person to master one thing: that is roughly 8 hours per day for 4 years.
So knowing that a person lives 80 years( more or less) we can say that all his time can be quantified in value of any kind (material possessions, knowledge in an area, or talent that is taken to the level of art)
So putting all of this in perspective, do you think your time is of value?
Hell, yes!If you going deep on this topic you will realize how much time(value/resources) is wasted on a daily basis on stuff that doesn’t bring any value to your life like scrolling on Facebook, Twiter or Instagram, watching tv shows, texting, or just doing nothing.
If you going deep on this topic you will realize how much time(value/resources) is wasted on a daily basis on stuff that doesn’t bring any value to your life like scrolling on Facebook, Twiter or Instagram, watching tv shows, texting, or just doing nothing.
Add that time to a life and you will get a few years lost on playing CandyCrush.
Here’s the catch: the reverse applies as well, meaning that if you do something every day for a long period of time, eventually you will get value out of it because it becomes a skill.
To give you an example, 2 years ago I set a goal to do at leats 20 min of Spanish lessons every day.
I can now speak very good Spanish and started Italian and French a few months ago( which are easier to learn because my brain is already trained in this way).
I never skipped a day, no excuses allowed.
So my tips for time management are quite simple:
-Get rid of nonimportant, time-consuming things,
-Make good habits( start small and increase in time),
-Stick with them.
For me, a book that changed my life on this aspect is “The one Thing” by Garry Keller.
The information on this book is mind-blowing and I encourage you to give it a go.
Hope this of value for you.
All the best.