There is no denying the truth of the saying, “Time is money or worth gold.”
You never seem to get enough time. Even if you are given thirty hours in a day, you still won’t be able to get enough of it. Somehow, some things will come up and you will end up wanting more time. Time, now more then ever, has become a precious commodity. Once it’s gone, it cannot be recovered, so having a few strategies to maximize time in place would certainly benefit everyone.
Time going fast or slow
The fact is: when you are busy, time flies swiftly, but when you are not, or are bored, time seems to be at a stand still or pass slowly. This is true when you are killing time because there is nothing else to do under the circumstances. Although the experience of the passing of time is a subjective thing, the amount of time passing by is an absolute given and equal to all.
Strategies to maximize time
To maximize time it, would be worth your time, to consider the following strategies:
- Check your schedule at the start of the day.
- Review it in its entirety. You may notice that portions of your day may be hectic, while some may not be too frenzied. Distribute your activities evenly throughout the day.
Keep note pads handy so you can keep track of your schedule even in todays digital world. It also helps to remind you of your tasks and commitments. Note pads and schedule notebooks help you avoid overlapping of activities. In case of overlaps, determine which one is priority.
After spreading your schedule for the day and you still feel overwhelmed by the number of tasks to be accomplished, you may have to forego some of them. Re-schedule other tasks for another day.
Cleaning the closet
What you are actually doing is very much like cleaning a closet. When your closet is in order, you avoid being accidentally hit on the head by falling objects upon opening its door. Also, if it is in order, you will likely find spare spaces available.
Request for a re-schedule in advance.
This is especially true when another person will be affected. Show courtesy by doing this in advance. This leaves time for the person to adjust to the new schedule. Who knows? You may be doing the other parties a favor. They may be in the same predicament as you are, and they will not become aware unless you make it known to them.
Time is an element when simple creativity can be put to practice. For example, you need to do the laundry but at the same time, you also have to rush and buy some groceries. Perhaps, what you can do, is set your washing machine to do the laundry while you step out to the grocers. Manage your time in the grocery to be back home just in time for the laundry to be done. You can even do the cooking at the same time by using a slow cooker. It cooks food by itself. You can even pick up the kids from school after shopping. Four tasks are combined to one. All it takes is scheduling and a little creativity.
Planning is powerful
When you have to do a certain task for the first time, it is natural for mistakes to happen. However, a first time task doesn’t have to be a blunder. If there is no clear direction on how things should be done, take time to plan it out before you take action. This saves time, energy, and money.
Visualize the end goal
Visualize the possible outcome of your objective. Seek out alternatives. Choose the better of two or more alternatives. If there is only one option, do it just the same. Some tasks may appear difficult when you think about it, but not necessarily when put into action. The same thing is true the other way around.
Time is something you could never have enough of. You become wise when you choose to maximize it.
Have a conscious day!
Filip De Pessemier