It’s About Time You Read This, Now Read This!

“Lost time is never found again” – Benjamin Franklin  

How much do you value your time? Do you sit and watch the clock or does the clock chase you? Tick Tock, Tick Tock.

Time is one of our most valuable resources. Unfortunately, there are periods when we spend time doing activities we don’t enjoy, with people we don’t like, which is sad because we only have a finite amount of time. So let’s stop wasting our supply!

So, what’s a waste of time?

 I’m not a “time expert” but I’d say activities that don’t make you smile or help to enrich your life, are a waste of time. For instance, gossiping with friends, neighbors or coworkers is a waste of time, especially when you are talking about situations that don’t affect your everyday life. “Did you hear about so and so and their (Fill in the blank)?” Just by taking part in that conversation you lose valuable seconds you will never get back.  Instead, spend your time doing something productive. Read a book, go for a walk or better yet do your work. Now there’s a thought!

“There’s Never Enough Time, Zach”.   

Growing up, millions of us watched Jessie Spano down caffeine pills and flipped out. That now famous episode of Saved by the Bell helped stress the importance of time management. In an effort to prevent others from, shouting out “I’m so excited, I’m so excited, I’m so scared”, I looked up a few time management tips for people to use. 

1. Don’t waste time: Duh! Thanks Captain Obvious. I know this seems rather apparent but we waste a lot of time checking e-mails, chatting on Facebook or Twitter, Blogging. These activities can be time suckers. If you absolutely have to check your emails or social media accounts, then set aside a certain amount of time to do it. Give yourself 30 minutes to tweet, update your status, check out my blog or whatever else. Then step away from the computer. 

2. Break all tasks into small bits:  Use the Pomodoro Technique. You can use a timer to break down periods of work into 25-minute intervals, separated by 5 minute breaks. After two hours take a longer break (15–20 minutes). This works great with household chores, clean the kitchen for 25 minutes, take a break, clean the bathroom, take a break, etc…

3. Self Check : Managing your time well has a lot to do with discipline. At times it may be your own fault if you’re time seems too limited. Ask yourself, are you procrastinating? Is there something more important I should be doing other than spending two hours playing Solitaire? Prioritize and decide what you can do to effectively use your time.   

In the end, time is what you make of it. It’s yours and you can spend it however you please. But if you waste it, then don’t complain about not having enough time. By the way, thanks for taking the time to read this.

 

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