For most people the concept of “time management” is associated with work rather than with their non-work activities. I like to think of my time, both work and non-work, as one holistic entity called my life … and both of those components of my life are pretty well inter-twined. Therefore if I can find some extra hours in my current schedule, I can use that time for something more important in my life.
What kinds of things could YOU do with some extra time? Depending upon your current situation some of these might be relevant …
i. Spend more quality time with your family;
ii. Do some self improvement work … career development, self interest courses, read books that add to your knowledge base etc.
iii. Work on your fitness.
iv. Increase your work productivity … leading to promotions, higher commissions, self fulfillment or any number of career oriented objectives.
v. Add a new hobby that you have been wanting to do.
"The essence of self-discipline is to do the important thing rather than the urgent thing."
With those as potential carrots where could you find some time?
Spend less time on "chilling" activities such as watching TV or playing video games. You might still have those activities, just a little less than now. If you could recoup one hour a day = 365 hours every year. You could do a lot with that kind of time.
Sleep less. You could work at spending one less hour in bed every day, always remembering you need "enough" sleep!
Utilise waiting time better. Always have a book, some articles or a useful magazine to read when waiting for appointments, the bus, in the line at Tim Hortons or Starbucks. Ten minutes a couple of times a day = more than 120 hours a year of additional self development!
More efficient use of your work hours, focus on productive activities, and not get distracted by non-productive ones (especially important in a work from home world).
Split chores with your partner so you can be twice as effective … you do the shopping while she washes the car etc.
Plan your trips so you can accomplish multiple tasks in one efficient trip, rather than taking multiple trips. Salespeople should (where possible) plan multiple meetings in the same geographic location at the same time, rather than each separately over several days. When you go out to the grocery store, cover off the other potential stores in the same trip … beer store, hardware store etc.
Buy exercise equipment for home and save on the commute time to a gym and back.
Listen to books on tape while driving, on the bus or sitting in the rink waiting for you child to finish hockey practice … again increasing your knowledge in otherwise lost time.
These are just some ideas, but there are many ways we can find a little time in our lives, and use that to make our lives even better!
“Your time is your life.”
Elizabeth Grace Saunders
Kevin Dee is the founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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I write these articles with the intent of sharing MY experience and knowledge gained during MY life journey. From the 16 year old joining the Royal Navy, through many incarnations, to the grey haired guy who built a business. If you find a nugget here, then I am happy. If the message offends you then I apologise, that was never my intent. I know and recognize there are many people and groups who have a far bigger challenge than I have had and I only wish you well.