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Spend your time wisely

Consider this.

“Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with R86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day.

Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course?

Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME.

Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.

Every night it writes off as lost whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose.

It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day.

If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow.”

You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!

The clock is running” – (Source unknown)

 Are you wasting too much time on the things that do not enrich and build you up?

Are you investing those precious seconds wisely into yourself and your loved ones?

You can choose to spend your valuable time doing things that are going to add to your life and enrich it or you can waste time and never have enough time for anything.

Many people suffer from procrastination. I was a chronic case for many years. In fact, I put the “pro” in procrastination. It is such an irrational disease. It almost carries an element of self destruction.

I wasted a lot of time not getting the important things done. Fighting an internal battle with myself to take action. As a result I spent many nights burning the midnight oil to catch up. The irony was that at the same time I was very driven and focused on performing well. In the end I was always successful but I certainly took the scenic route and was not making the most of my days and time available. It meant I had no real balance.

Often, I would spend half the day obsessing over the work to be done and the other half having to do it with no real space for leisure, relaxation, relationships, family and fitness. If I had just knuckled down and done it straight away many hours would have been available for me to pursue other things.

In a way I think I buried myself in work because it was my comfort zone.

It is very stressful and draining to keep having to force yourself to get things done.

As you have seen there are only so many seconds in a day and a person needs to find the time to in no particular order to:

  1. Earn a living
  2. Take care of one’s kids
  3. Nurture a relationship with your partner
  4. Have decent rest and leisure time
  5. Pursue hobbies and interests
  6. Take actions to live a healthy and happy life which includes feeding oneself with nutritious food a few times a day and getting exercise.
  7. Making sure to get enough quality sleep to do it all again

That is an awful lot to cram into a day. It becomes obvious that poor time management and prioritisation can lead to some areas being neglected in favour of others.

We also live in a digital age where we are relentlessly bombarded with distraction all day via email,  social media and communication platforms like Whatsapp. It is so easy for us to allow our attention to slip and get caught up and waste time this way.

To lead a full life you need to be effective in the time you have and this takes planning and organization. You need to prioritise. When people say they just don’t have the time for something, what they are actually saying is that it isn’t a priority.

Back to my personal story. I used to know during the working day at the office that I was going to have a few hours to work in the evening until about 2am which was generally when I went to bed in those days. It allowed me to waste more time in the day. The result was I never had time for exercise, socialising, relaxation and for decent and much needed sleep.

Since I started to focus on my lifestyle I have a rule that I do not work after hours in the evening. I give myself until 6pm latest each day to complete my work. If the work is not done by then – tough. The same goes for weekends. From 4pm on a Friday to Monday morning is a work free zone.

Ironically this has forced me to become much more focused on my work during the day and I am probably as effective as I was in half the time. I have set boundaries and I know that my exercise time, food prep time, decent sleep and relaxation time is non negotiable.

This concentrated effect of work time has made the work day real busy but it is positive stress and now I joke that I do not have time to procrastinate!

I get up at every morning at 5am and start my work day. In my corporate life I started at the office round 8:30 usually. That is already an extra 3 hours of productivity added right there.

It is also easier to be focused if you are enjoying what you are doing. That said even the most awesome jobs come with some elements of administration etc that are not so much fun – these are the tasks that I recommend you tackle first – once they’re done they’re done.

I go to bed earlier. I used to put off going to sleep because I reasoned to myself that sleep was a waste of time. I used to say stupid things like “Sleep when you’re dead”. When not working I could spend hours watching mindless TV. Now I barely watch TV because it’s a truly wasteful spending of time.

I have read many books and used tools and applications to increase my productivity but in the end my 4 tips that have had an impact in my life are:

  1. Create serious boundaries and deadlines. Stick to them.
  2. Make a time budget and stick to it like you would your financial budget.
  3. Make lists and tick things off
  4. Do the admin things you don’t enjoy doing first, get them out the way so that you can:
  5. Do more things you are passionate about or interested in
  6. Do the things that improve the quality of your life and don’t do unnecessary things that detract from it.
  7. Make sure you prioritise your time.

Just as you should eat to live and not live to eat you should also work to live and not live to work.

Be the balance

Elan

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