We were all gifted with 24 hours daily. No one has more, no one has less. Perhaps knowing that these 24 hours are certain, some people do not give any value to them. But if you want to succeed, you need to know how to value your time. Think about these yours 24 hours as something extremely precious. Something you should give only to those who truly deserve. Then, analyze how you have spent it. Reading gossip magazine? Watching a TV show like just entertainment? Playing video game? Following others’ lives in social networks? Then you wonder why “you don’t have time” and why your life is not going forward?
You have time – everyone has. Just need to understand what you have done with it and figure out how to harness it intelligently and constructively. Learn one thing: at every moment of your life, or you are winning or losing. And I speak not only of material goods. Or you develop, or you atrophy. What seems half-term is just that when you are atrophying without notice.
If you complain, gossip, engages in useless or negative conversations, you have been atrophying. It is filling your head with stupid ideas that will not help in any area of your life. Why spending time about this?
Human beings spend their lives without realizing it. Spend time, spend money, spend health. Before thinking of changing your menu, to control your spending or reorganize your time, you need to understand your current behavior. Their attitudes need to leave the unconscious level, irrational and emotional and come to the conscious level.
A good way to do this is controlling the diet, for example. You can use a notebook to write down everything you eat. Time, quantity and type of food. Do this for a week. At the end of this period, you will have a clearer idea of what has fed and what need to change. Similarly, if the money has been missing later in the month, write down everything you spend, even cents, saying exactly what you bought or paid and the time to identify your spending pattern and be able to understand where is the money going. It can be laborious to do this at first, but it’s liberating to be aware of their behavior.
Write down what you do with your time for a week to understand where are wasting. Whenever you change activity or make a break for something else, select the time and what you started to do. Regain control of your time, understand that you are responsible for what you do with every minute and every hour that you received. Another way to become conscious is to choose where to use their time and follow your plan to the letter.
Jim Whitehurst, president of Red Hat technology company said in an article on productivity, that he separates a few minutes on Sunday to write your goals for the week, which always have to do with the larger goals he set for the year. So he does not lose his focus. Each week he does something that helps him get where he wants. He’s going somewhere. And this is one of the great secrets to success: know where you are going and move towards what you want.
Jim explains that he doesn’t spend long in this weekly planning, usually takes only 15 minutes to set (or remember) the goals they will pursue during the week, all the things he needs to do: “that little pre-planning time defines much of ‘as’ I spend my time during the week. This ensures the focus on the important things that help drive our business and makes me be careful with my time. ”
Jim’s attitude is an example of conscious organization of time. He stops and plans for a few minutes and then use intelligently the next seven days to put into practice what the planned. Note how this is a balancing test.
Successful people do not get carried away by the current, do not allow others to define how their time will be used. When you are always available on social networks and instant messaging, you are giving others the power to define how your time will be spent. You lose control. It’s as if you left the cockpit and let your life drift.
Academic studies on the science of interruption (yes, there is such a science) demonstrated that currently an ordinary employee changes his task every three minutes and once interrupted, he takes between 20 to 30 minutes to resume the previous task. One study conducted by Gloria Mark, researcher at the University of California, revealed that each employee spent about 11 minutes on a project before being interrupted. The consequences are disastrous and can be even more serious when it comes to a health worker or security, for example. Any distraction can be deadly.
This situation has worsened due to the misuse of smartphones and the difficulty that people have to deal rationally with the avalanche of information and stimuli thrown over them every minute.
Now, think about the findings of these studies. If you do not take care, the person changes his task every three minutes, being distracted by herself. When finally able to concentrate, this concentration lasts only 11 minutes before being interrupted by someone in person, by phone, email or anything like that.
Therefore, the only way to be a productive person is to take the reins of his life, deciding consciously how your time will be used. Distractions only occur when you allow.
I know people who says they have no time to read a book, but have time to see soap opera, to read gossip magazine, to see crap on the Internet or make small talk. Please be honest.
Do not say you do not have time. Because, if you say this, you are giving an order to your brain. He then will do the utmost to comply with the order, making you curl up in each task and get distracted easily. Unfortunately, that’s how it works. Declare something and your brain will strive to make it a reality.
So change your attitude. The same time spent on useless things can be devoted to useful things, like reading a good book or make an important course. Think you have those hours at your disposal and, within them, can accomplish what you wanted. Just know and choose what will occupy them.
When you value your time, you learn to prioritize and first do the most important tasks. The most important tasks are usually not the most urgent, but the ones that give you more desire to make them tomorrow. If this task is completed, your energy level will increase so much that you will not get tired of the office.
Seeing work as something exciting is also a way to make your time more interesting. Think of work as a set of goals, set scores, become the best player. Think that time is money, know the value of every minute. Define what will do at the next ten minutes and really do. There are millions of better ways of dealing with the 24 hours entrusted to it and it is up to you to discover the most efficient for your situation.
If you feel overwhelmed, possibly because you have left accumulating work. Be in the company, either at home or in any area of your life. All that you leave accumulate, form a stack that quickly turns into a mountain. If it fall on your head, bye bye.
No use getting drama making, complaining and thinking that only the holidays will solve your problem. Chances are you’ve already taken a vacation several times and continue overloaded. Vacations don’t do miracle. Organization and discipline, do.