"My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time." - Steve Jobs
We all have something in common between us, one unifying aspect, and that is time. We all have 24 hours in a given day, but how we use our time can vary significantly from person to person. I attribute this to our perception and understanding of time. As with all things we can adjust perspective and habits, and use our time more wisely, be more efficient with it, and get more out of the day.
The first thing I want to talk about is very important, it's how we spend our time. If we want to be more efficient with our time, it pays to know where it's going. Once we have a clear picture of where our precious seconds are going, we can make adjustments.
A simple way to do this is to produce a pie chart to get a visual of where the bulk time is going. Meta Chart is a simple and easy to use tool for this. Enter in your values for time and your activities and soon you'll have a clear visual of how time is spent.
This is an example of a typical day. Problems we can run into are when there is too much time devoted to non-value adding activities. Take a stock on the time spent doing various activities, some add value and produce positive outcomes while others won't. Consider how time is distributing to various activities in a given day, and from there you can make adjustments.
Another way to make the most of time is to consider the opportunity cost. Opportunity cost is a term used in economics defined as the loss of an alternative when another alternative is chosen. An example of this is studying. The time spent studying is time taken away from leisure activities. This is important to keep in mind when the barrage of distractions inevitably come when there's much work to do. The time you spend doing one thing takes away from the time spent doing another. This can become a problem when more time is spent devoted to non-value adding activities than on value adding ones.
Life can pass us by quite quickly. We can look back and wonder where all our time is gone. It's important to be mindful of time. When we live this way we achieve more, focus on value-adding activities, and also stop and savor the moments we have everyday to appreciate ourselves, others, and the environments we live in. Time is your friend, it needs to be kept track of otherwise it will get away from you.
How do you manage your time?
What strategies do you use to make the most of your time?
Assertive Life 2016-10-24