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“The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.” ~ Stephen R. Covey
Time has a tendency to work against us, particularly as we get older and find we have less of it.
Yes, the same 24 hours completes a day, but it doesn’t seem to hold the same value as it did when we were kids anxiously wishing the time would pass. Our birthdays couldn’t come soon enough; remember being 10 ½ or 12 ¾? Or counting the days (which stretched on endlessly) before Santa’s arrival?
Seems like all we ever do is chase time now in order to reach deadlines, meet commitments, and check off the tasks on the list which NEVER gets completed. Back in my Jan. 3rd Blog – “Stressed is Just Desserts Spelled Backwards” I talked about creating a plan to harness the chaos. I even shared with you my own organizational system and provided links to a couple of websites which suggest stress-reducing tips. I’m circling back to that blog because managing your time is one of the best ways to provide a sense of control in your life.
So how do you manage time?
Take a Look at 7 Simple Ways to Put Time Back on Your Side:
1. Be organized: when physical space is hectic our thoughts are more hectic. Spend fifteen minutes to organize one small area in your home or office. It might be just the thing you need to bring order to your space and your thoughts.
2. Create a flexible schedule: Fit homework and studying in when you’re either not in class or not at work. Build a routine that you can stick to, but are able to adjust if other important things come up.
3. Stay focused: Whether you’re at school, work, or home, allow yourself to be in the moment. Work hard and play hard, but set aside the appropriate amount of time for each for so you don’t feel cheated.
4. Manage stress: this one needs a few sub areas!
a.) take those much-needed breaks; collect your thoughts; breathe.
b.) be active; maintain a healthy lifestyle; stretch.
c.) live; enjoy life; take time to appreciate relationships.
5. Be realistic: There may not be enough time for everything, so get your priorities straight and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t accomplish every single task you’ve set out to do on a given day. Stay positive and be thankful that you have the opportunity to make a living and get an education — two things many people in the world go without.
6. Keep your eyes on the prize: Try to remember why you’re doing what you’re doing. A little sacrifice and effort in school now could offer big dividends when you’re taking that shiny new diploma on the job hunt with you.
7. Don’t expect perfection: Remember that as much as you may want things to go exactly according to plan, life often has a way of changing those plans for us. So maybe you don’t cross off every single item on your daily to-do list. Do what you can do, and don’t be too hard on yourself. Tomorrow is a new day.