Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Taking Control Of Your Time

"Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it,
 but you can spend it.  And once you've lost it, you can never get it back."

- Unknown

As time, or rather, time management seems to be on my mind a lot recently, I thought I would share this passage from a wonderful little book that I came across on the Internet Archives recently.  This is probably some of the best advice I've come across for managing your time, especially if you are sensitive (as I am) to being rushed and weighed down by too many responsibilities. I especially like #2 and I've been putting that into practice recently. It really is amazing how many things really can wait!

1. Remember whose in charge. Time is something you manage, not something that manages you. Learn to think through each commitment. Buy yourself time to respond before you commit, get into the habit of responding with, "Can I think about it and let you know tomorrow?"

2. Everything isn't urgent, it can't be! Instead of thinking, "I have to get this done right now!", ask yourself what would happen if you put it off. Ta-da! Life goes on! Not everything is urgent, and everything can't take first place on the to-do list. Prioritize!

3. Schedule in reverse. Put the real priorities on the calendar first - family dinner,  or date night. Then schedule everything else around the best things!

4. Drop one thing from your schedule! You might disappoint someone, but that's ok. Spending just two less days a month committed to outside events and engagements frees out to spend more time at home with your family. Never apologize for putting them first!

5. Be rather than do. Try it for an evening. Think, pray, relax in a comfy chair.

6. Get a family member or friend's perspective. Ask someone close to you to comment on how you're using your time and what seems to be robbing you of it.

7. Be honest about your limitations. Do you find yourself saying yes to projects and hoping that the week will suddenly hold the extra hours you'd need to complete it? You can't manufacture time.

8. Make a list of your commitments, and be sure to include time spent with family and down time for yourself. Keep the list somewhere you will see it. Review it before agreeing to add anything else.

Adapted from Lists to Live By For Everything That Matters

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