The question is what are we doing with the time we have?
Are we doing what we like? Are we productive?
Are we procrastinating alot? Are we wasting our time?
Let me tell you a story. Today I was at the grocery store, and the cashier (I like this cashier as she’s really friendly) was telling me that she spent the Holidays with all of her family to ensure that one of her daughter, who is 34, would have a last Christmas with the whole family. Her daughter as brain cancer. She has 3 young kids and she knows that she will not see 2017. Sad hey? Actually, the lady cashier was telling me that her daughter is really zen about the whole situation (more than her family) and that she appreciates every minutes that she gets.
This story made me realize how life is unfair and also that there is not much that we can do about situations like this…except learning a lesson or two about it. One of the lesson is to appreciate every minute that we have and also learn how to use our time doing things that we enjoy really. Things that matter to us.
So I decided to browse the internet about some tips about time management and found those tips from Frances Booth on Forbes:
10 time management tips
Those tips can help you be more productive and be more balanced in life. I actually also apply it to my business as it can get use in different context:
1. What do you have time for?
We often talk about not having enough time. Rather than focusing on that, and complaining to yourself or others about not enough time, think about what you do have enough time for. Start talking or thinking about that instead.
2. You have 5 minutes to start
Start within five minutes of sitting down at your desk and switching on your computer. Half an hour or an hour wasted here on procrastination or distractions is costly.
3. Your time is precious
Value your time and other people will do the same.
4. Ignore emails
5. Time is the same for everybody
We’re all equal when it comes to time.
6. Work wisely
Use your time for the things that are worth it.
7. Avoid procrastination
If you’re procrastinating, rather than getting frustrated or annoyed, simply ask yourself why you are procrastinating. Are you scared of the task ahead? Is it too difficult, too easy, or boring? Are you tired? We can waste a lot of energy and time on the things we’re putting off.
8. Have regular hours
End your working day at a fixed time. Don’t let work creep to fill your entire evening. You can also have two finishing times. One for an ideal day, and one latest time that you won’t work past.
9. Schedule the time you spend on social media
If you’re using social media for business, schedule some of your updates. You don’t have to be there all of the time.
10. Do a regular recap
Anything that marks the end of one year or the start of a new year is a good time to look back at how you’ve spent your time in the year just gone. Looking at this, how do you want to spend your time in the year ahead? Will you spend it in the same way, or make some changes?
Frances Booth has 30 tips. I only took some that are easy to follow and can help anybody being more productive.