How to Manage Your Time?

September 4, 2001

How to time manage your life and still have fun. Never enough hours in the day to get everything done? The answer is simple, just learn how to time manage your life. You’ll have a lot more time on your hands and a lot more fun. By Sarah McIntyre, SheSaid’s resident Life Coach.

(For a free trial session with a life coach at Sarah’s practice, “coach2balance” see details at the end of this story.)

How many of us spend oodles of time thinking about what we are going to do? The majority of our time is actually spent worrying or considering what to do as opposed to just doing it. So what can we do about it?

The Paradox of Time

“If we think too much about time, we will tie ourselves in philosophical knots- and distract ourselves from the goal of relaxation. Yet to meditate occasionally upon some of the many paradoxes of time can help us to ensure that we are not too much enslaved by the tyranny of the clock. Time is nature’s way of preventing everything happening at once.” Mike George (Author of Learn to Relax)

Now let’s put things into perspective and work out what we actually need to do to get things done and make them fun. I truly believe there are ways you can make everything you need to do fun and do them in a timely manner.

The Reasons Why

  • Ask yourself why you do not do things. Is it because there are not enough hours in the day? Are you wasting time in the mornings? Are you chatting on the phone and wasting time at work? Do you suffer from the procrastination ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ syndrome?

Work out the real reasons why, then draw up a list of what stops you.

  • The next step is to look at what you spend your time doing. The best way is to monitor your time for a week. Create a time chart and write in (honestly) for every hour, what you spent your time doing.
  • After the week is complete look over it and identify the gaps. Where can I delegate? Can I outsource tasks? This may mean you need to communicate with friends, your boss or your partner so that you create ‘time to think’ in your life.

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