In the dictionary, time is defined as “the point or period at which things occur.” So basically time means something happening, an outcome occurring.
There are two types of time: clock time and real time. In clock time, there are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year. All time passes equally. When someone turns 50, they are exactly 50 years old, no more or no less.
In real time, all time is relative. Time flies or drags depending on what you’re doing. Two hours in a class can feel like 12 years while a baby now 12 years old may make you think how he was only born yesterday.
The reason time management gadgets and systems don’t work is that these systems are designed to manage clock time. Clock time is irrelevant. You don’t live in or even have access to clock time. You live in real time, a world in which all time flies when you are having fun or drags when you are cramming a boring lesson.
The good news is that real time is mental. It exists in your mind. You create it. Anything you create, you can manage. It’s time to remove any self-sabotage or self-limitation you have around “not having enough time,” or today not being “the right time” whether as an entrepreneur, an employee or a student.
There are only three ways to spend time: thoughts, conversations and actions.
While you cannot eradicate disturbances, you do get a say on how much time you will spend on them and how much time you will spend on the thoughts, conversations and actions that will lead you to success.
Here are 10 techniques that you can practice to become the master of your own time:
- Carry a schedule/journal/planner and record all your thoughts, conversations and activities for a week. This will help you understand how much you can get done during the course of a day and where time is being spent.
- Any activity or conversation that’s important to your success should have a time assigned to it. To-do lists and appointment books work. Schedule tasks with yourself and create time blocks for high-priority thoughts, conversations, and actions. Write when they will begin and end. Have the discipline to keep these appointments.
- Plan to spend at least 50 percent of your time engaged in the thoughts, activities and conversations that produce maximum of your results.
- Schedule time for interruptions. Plan time to be pulled away from what you’re doing.
- Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day. Don’t start your day until you complete your time plan. The most important time of your day is the time you schedule to schedule time. You could even think about it while you are getting ready for the day. This will also help you start off fresh and not sleepy.
- Take five minutes before every task to decide what result you want to attain. This will help you determine your success upon completion. And it will also slow time down.
- Put up a “Do not disturb” sign outside your room when you absolutely have to get work done.
- Practice not answering the phone just because it’s ringing and e-mails just because they show up. Disconnect instant messaging. Don’t instantly give people your attention unless it’s absolutely crucial to offer an immediate human response. Instead, schedule a time to answer email and return phone calls.
- Block out other distractions temporarily like Facebook and other forms of social media unless you use these tools to generate business.
- Remember that it’s impossible to get everything done. The odds are good that 20 percent of your thoughts, conversations and activities produce 80 percent of your results.
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