As children, we often heard our parents say, time and tide wait for no man. Did we understand the profundity of the statement then? No one knows, but time has its own way of teaching us how important it is and how it is not time that we can manage but Ourselves in whatever of it is at our disposal. Like the story about a boy who was told that if he gets a “Precious Present” he would be happy forever, all his life he was in search of it until one day he realised that it was not a gift but the Present that we live in is most precious and makes us happy forever, not the past, not the future, but the present, the NOW that we have, what we make of it and how we manage ourselves NOW is what counts.
Practise the following tips to manage this Precious Present and Now for optimum productivity
Start with recording your thoughts conversations activities (do this for around a week) this will help you contemplate on what and how much time is spent on the important and not so important tasks, this record will show if you spend more time on low-value jobs. Will also help you find the time of the day you are most productive
Prioritize the tasks, use Stephen Covey’s time management matrix to distinguish important and urgent tasks. Classify the tasks according to the relative worth of the activities and work accordingly and then do the right things correctly for maximum efficiency
In school, we were always given a timetable to follow it kept us on time similarly making a timetable and planning your day will help us keep up with time. Make to-do lists and checklists to help you achieve your goals. The illusive and the elusive ones. the work at hand spreads across the time available so, allocate a time limit for each task.
Avoid Time Wasters. Do not answer phones and messages out of compulsion or habit. Blockout distractions like the social media when you need to focus on the work at hand
Say No to Procrastination, try doing at least one procrastinated task now
Schedule some contingency time for unforeseen tasks and interruptions
Set a Deadline for yourself. Deadlines give you a sense of purpose and accountability. They help you stay motivated and keep going
We live in the real time when time flies when having fun or drags when bored. Time is like sand we are mere witnesses of how it slides through the gaps between our fingers, with each passing moment there has to be cognizance of how it is spent and how it gives direction to the next. Be the Master of your own time!
30th January 2018