A New Dimension to Time Management

86,400.

That’s how many seconds you have, every day.

Everyone has the same time, but most people run out of time, all the time.

Only a few people do something valuable or achieve something, though they too have the same amount of time every day.

Time’s flying.

I have no time.


You use and hear these phrases almost every day.

How do some people do a lot of useful work, while others run short of time? Let’s find out.

When do you wake up?

Waking up early helps you get many things done. You get more time to plan your day, exercise, pray etc which helps keep the mind calm.

According to Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, you should plan, calendar, and classify your tasks in four quadrants. And then do the first tasks first.

Let’s look at a few other dimensions to save time.

How do you decide?

According to a study, you spend 85% of their time cribbing about situations and spend only 15% of the time in actual decision-making.

How to save this 85% wasted time?
  • Act with love

Time management is when you act right, in the right quantity, at the right time, and do it with love. Why love? When you do something out of love, you don’t waste time cribbing about it.  

  • Reduce your available options

Let’s look at the lives of our forefathers. Science was not as developed as it is today. Today things are as easy as pie. For most of the work, you don’t step out of your house – food delivery, online shopping, bill payment, etc.

Despite saving so much time, the quantity and quality of available time is less.

What’s the root cause?
  • Too many options in life.

To purchase a headphone, you look at various shopping sites, read many reviews, sometimes even go window shopping, and then purchase. If you don’t purchase, the advertisements from these shopping sites follow you like a shadow. While it’s useful to have options, most of the time they consume a lot of time and thoughts.

  • How to simplify your life?

One of the main parameters of success these days is materialization. You measure success by the number of cars, size of the house, international holidays etc. Today if someone is a well-known doctor you first check his car. You start creating thoughts on materialism, compete with others and in the process, run like a bat out of hell. This causes a time crunch in your life.

So, reduce your needs. Your needs are limited, but greed has no limits.

Your success is not measured by your materialistic possessions but by the goodness you do to others. You don’t have to be a part of the rat race. You can be a good doctor and still travel in an old car.

  • Your malicious thoughts

What happens to your computer when it’s infected with malicious software?

It slows down to a crawl. It may even halt or hang. The same happens with your mind. When you have malicious thoughts, your tasks slow down. If some of your thoughts consume more mental energy, other malicious thoughts waste time.

A student makes a timetable to attend college from 9 am to 4 pm, and then from 6 pm, to work on the assignments. However, at 5 pm his mother scolds him.

Can he concentrate on his assignment at 6 pm?

Concentration needs a resilient mind.  

  • What should you focus on?

Situations will come and go. Have a problem-solving attitude. Instead of worrying about why the problem happened and complaining about it, ask yourself – what can I do to solve this problem? And after the problem is solved, check what can you learn, and move on.

  • Do you appease others?

How many times in the day do you appease others?

The more you work on appeasing others, the lesser will be your inner satisfaction. And if you are dissatisfied with yourself, you will lose your self respect. It gets arduous to manage relations if your self-respect low. Work on stabilizing your mood, and not others’ moods. If you have a stable mood, you will be quick to get things done, and also be able to manage people with unstable moods.

  • Should you respond, or react?

Here’s a detailed article on responding or reacting.

  • What’s your perspective?

Check your perspective about others, the thoughts associated with it, and the time spent in dealing with those thoughts. Here is an article on its dangers.

Situations come in everyone’s life. How you handle them is what makes you busy with no time for anything, while someone else is able to spend time and enjoy their work.

If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of — Bruce Lee

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