Mastering your Time

On average a human has around 4000 weeks in their life.  If you are anything like me you are already nearing the halfway mark and wanting to use the second 2000 much better than the first. So what is the key to getting the most out of your time and achieving as much as possible? Planning where to invest your time and then more importantly, sticking to your plan.

Of course this is not news, the need to plan your time is pretty common knowledge but it quickly falls into the place of things you know you should do but don’t.  We have a saying here that there are two kinds of pain: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.  When you are nearing the end of your 4000 weeks how will you look back on how you invested your time?  With regret or with happiness?

The discipline of sticking to your plan is like any other discipline – you must know the consequences or it will not be important enough to you.  Think of some of the disciplines you already practice: brushing your teeth, washing your clothes, setting your alarm, putting petrol in your car. Why is it that these disciplines are easier than managing your time properly?

Quite simply, these are easier disciplines because you are well aware of the consequences of inaction.  The pain of discipline is less than the pain of regret.

Nobody wants to be running late, break down in a tunnel and have a policeman comment on how bad your breath smells and how dirty your shirt is.  So I ask you, what are the consequences of not managing your time?  What will be your pain of regret?

If you are starting to feel like working on your time management is something that you should be engaging in then follow these three tips and you will be well on your way:

1: Keep a default diary.  This is a list of what you should be doing at each moment of each day in a normal week.  Try to stick to it as much as possible and you will find yourself becoming much more efficient.

2: Write lists.  Plan tomorrow today.  At the end of each day write 6 things that you must achieve the following day.

3: Make your most undesirable task the first one you do in the morning.  Avoidance behaviour can be a killer so make sure you tackle that horrible task first and your whole day will be easy to manage.