I started this series of articles by saying that I believed it was more important to make the best use of your time then it was to manage our time.
You have to actively take control of your time in order to take control of your life. You cannot be just a passive spectator as you watch your life pass you by. Your time is limited so you have to ensure you make the most of it.
In this modern time in which we live although technology has supposedly enhanced our lives and tools have made things easier for us, it seems that how we use our time has become even more an issue than it was before. So even with all those time saving devices such as texting, email, time management software, laptops and smart phones we seem to never have enough time to achieve half of those things we want to do.
Are you able to make the best use of your time?
Are you able to balance your time across all the various aspects of your life?
Or do you often find yourself asking “where did the time go?”
We all know that time is one of the most valuable resources that we have. Being judicious in the use of that resource is crucial if we are to make the most of our life.
None of us want to waste time , but if you don’t active take control, time will drain away from you, and never return.
I received a comment a little while back from a lovely lady living in Australia Kylie Guthrig. She’s not just an online friend but someone who has been part of my life, once upon a time being the receptionist, secretary, organiser, protector, and the voice of sanity and deliberate thought in a business I owned a very long time ago. She mentioned that maybe I’d be best advised to at times turn off my computer by doing this I’d have more time to do far more.
She said “looks like all your non-productive distractions are online ones – so the big challenge for us all may be to turn off the computer!”
In my case 90% of my business activity takes place online. But I have to ensure I have a mind protecting my time so as not to be led astray and waste time particularly on line. As an Arsenal supporter it is very easy to be spending time online in the desperate search for rumours linking football players to joining our club. It would have been a pointless exercise because thus far we have recruited nobody. Mind you by the time this post is published that may have all changed.
The important thing to do is not fall into the trap of allowing ourselves to pass the time aimlessly. You have to make the best use of your time.
We must choose what we want to do in each moment. This is essential when trying to make the best use of your time, you have to remember the importance of every moment. What value are you getting from that moment? You have to spend the moment in doing something that is valuable to your life?
No longer allow yourself to always be racing against the clock, rushing through one thing to get to the next thing, or being pulled in different directions or worse still wasting time doing non-productive things.
Instead spend some time to decide the direction in which you wish your life to go, deciding what you want to do with your life. Do some soul-searching. Rather than trying to do everything, instead focus on doing just a few things well, by doing this you really will be making the best use of your time.
Ask yourself this question “What is the best use of my time right now?” and make sure you are doing the right task that best fill your time in every moment you so you will increase your efficiency and results.
Understand the importance of getting value out of your time and making the best use of your time so you see how much further you get on your life’s journey by making the best use of your time.