Would you like to have an extra hour in every day? How would it feel to have plenty of time to accomplish what needs to get done every day? Each of us starts our day with the same amount of time, and we get to decide how we spend it. In reading articles on time management, I discovered two main areas of focus. One was how to create systems and shortcuts to be more efficient with your time on daily tasks. The second strategy was to make deliberate choices on how you spend your time in a way that reflects on what is important to you.
I think the easy and logical path is to plan ahead, create systems, get rid of clutter, and make specific to do lists to manage your time. These are frequently the first steps in traditional time management. Ideas that can help in time management include:
The other time management strategy is to pause and examine how you are actually spending your time.
Here are some questions to help you clarify where you want to spend your time:
Annie Dillard wrote, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” The choice is yours. You can learn to catch yourself before things catch and entangle you. Try to apply mindfulness — intentional and nonjudgmental consideration — to everything you do, say, and think, and before you blindly react.
Instead of keeping a running list of things we should do or need to do, stop and reflect on what things you want to do that enrich your life and nourish you. Turn your to do list into a “what matters most list”.
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