Each of us has ever heard the term "time management" and even tried to use it. Smart books were read and clear plans were drawn up, but in practice this did not have a positive effect. What is the matter: bad concept or wrong application?
The clock time has 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour and exactly 60 seconds in a minute. It goes as clearly as the arrow moves on the clock, and can not move faster or slower than it was supposed to. When the clock shows 12, then from the beginning of the day exactly 12 hours are passed, no more and no less. The real time is relative and does not obey any rules. It flies or drags, depending on what you’re doing., 2 hours In the company of friends flies like 5 minutes, and in a car repair shop can feel like the whole day. The reason that no efforts to master time management has been crowned with success is very simple. All this time you tried to manage the clock time, although you live in the real time and obey its rules.
HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?
The good news is that real time is mental. We create it ourselves, so we can manage it. Therefore, right now you can destroy all limits and settings, such as "now is not the time" or "not having enough time" and start work more efficiently.
Everybody thinks that the main task in time management is to do as many cases as possible for a certain period. Therefore, we schedule our day to a second and try to keep up with the strict plan. However, absolutely all our activity takes time, regardless of their effectiveness. You should consider the time for rest activities like thinking, predicting, discussing, correcting mistakes, and, directly, actions. Like any person, you may be frequently interrupted and distracted by different things. It's ridiculous to think that you can ignore them. It is better to try to calculate how much time you spend on them. Thus, the time management is not the drawing up of utopian plans and vaining attempts to implement them, but the exploring of the real schedule of working time and its reasonable adjustment.
THREE STEPS TO START TIME MANAGEMENT
- Exploring where you spend your time. To do this, you may need special programs or time trackers, like Checkiant. Counting the time that we spend on some kind of activity, we can understand how much real time it takes.
- Analysis of the working time schedule. When the time spent on all standard actions is calculated, then it is worth exploring. Perhaps you spend too much time on what you could do faster or vice versa.
- Drawing up a real plan. After you've found downsides in your schedule, you should correct them and make the right time schedule.
Remember, it’s impossible to get everything done. Using these simple tips, you can start spending your time more efficiently, but this is just the foundation of the great art of time management.
Painted by: Steve Hester
Translation from: Все успешные люди делают это