Honestly, I’ve never been one of those people who do well with the whole time management thing. What if my time management plan says to do something I’m not in the mood for? Wouldn’t I work inefficiently? What If I finished my task way before I planned to finish, do I just do some random thing to wait for what’s next on my list? What if I run out of time to finish a task do I stop and move on to the next or do I take more time to finish it? Wouldn’t that give me less time to successfully complete all the tasks on my to-do list and then I’ll have to work extra hard? Damn, typing out that last point gave me stress! To me and probably many others, time management is like rocket science but in this case, there is actually no rocket. To me, time management doesn’t allow for effective dedication since I may not be in the mood to tackle a task at a given time. It also sometimes takes away my ability to be fully pay attention to detail, value, efficiency, overall creativity and innovation in whatever task I’m undertaking since time management may force me to pick quantity over quality. I decided then to schedule my priorities (or manage priorities) to allow me to do what’s important while feeling more willing to perform a task and producing more quality results.
Yes time is finite- you can only have so much time to do stuff. But it’s important to understand the way time works. They say time flies when you’re doing something fun and slower in some other occasions. That’s because time is relative to us and our current situations so counting your seconds can at some point become odd. So instead of ‘using’ time and feeling like you’re wasting it or having more than enough, just ‘live through’ time and make the most out of it according to how you can.
Scheduling (or managing) your priorities involves planning for the long term and identifying what’s most important for now. “Getting coffee at 8 am” and other things like that are just stuff you do along the way and are not part of the plan. Crossing out a hundred petty things on your list is like gathering little stones with the intention of making a mountain whereas you could have been moving bricks.
The amount of energy and attention you can give to performing a task cannot be accurately measured or predicted before time- there is always an uncertainty in situation which can affect how far and long you can actually go. Listening to your mind and body throughout the day would help you to decide which of your important ‘now tasks’ you could possibly and effectively work on at any given moment for maximum efficiency. Motivation, happiness and creativity are at their peak when you’re not being compelled by some list, but when you feel more comfortable and ready.
Your list should have your ultimate goal stated, and then listing out the important things you have to achieve in order to reach that goal. Take those priorities one moment at a time with passion and a positive attitude (to avoid laziness) to see your goals come to life in its fullness and spectacular finish.
If you think you have better experiences with a time management routine please share in the comments, because I would love to try it out. If you also liked this method of managing priorities and would love to try it, be sure to click the star and share your thoughts too in the comments.