Ever feel like you don't have time for the things you want to get done? I'm sure that you feel that you have a demanding life. The fast-paced lifestyle is probably one you didn't choose but one that you feel you're obligated to live.
You're not alone.
We all have the same amount of time each day. We each get 24 hours a day. No one on this earth gets credited more or less time. No one can make more time. No one, not even the rich, can buy additional minutes to add to their day. You also have to understand that the time that you didn't use today cannot be transferred to tomorrow.
24 hours. That's it.
What you do with that time is completely up to you. So instead of trying to administer your time, try to organize yourself first. How? Do so by managing what you do with your time. In other words, you have to make sure you are making every minute that you have benefit you, others, or the purpose you have on this earth.
When you organize what you do with your time, you'll begin to prioritize what's important. You'll begin to note what you value. For example, if you value playing video games instead of doing your work, cultivating a better relationships, or learning something new, than you obviously do not value what you do, who you're with, or what you'll become. So writing things down in your personal calendar (agenda) will reveal what you value most and that will tell you what kind of person you are.
The more I surrounded myself with successful people and exponential leaders, the more I realized that they shared common disciplines. One of them was that they planned their days so that they would be efficient with their time.
You see, everyone is busy. That isn’t even a debate. Being busy doesn't mean you're being effective. The question is, what are you busy doing? And, is it productive to be doing the things that keep you busy?
So I took to heart the habit of using the iCalendar on my phone to input the necessary information that on my phone. I wanted to make sure that every important thing was accounted for.
I could go on and on and tell you different techniques that fall under “time management”. In fact, my friend Marissa Coloma and I chat about the effects of an unbalanced life due to poor time management on her Now Leaders Podcast. Yet, today, I just want you to understand that time is valuable and that you need to do something about it. So how about starting out simple and write things in your calendar?
Everyone has a different way of doing things. Scheduling your time should be something you put your own spin on because your creativity will make it easy for you to keep using your calendar. When you copy someone else's way of doing things, in this case scheduling your time, you need to understand that they do it the way they do it because that's the way they like to do it. In other words, you may not like to schedule your time like others do it or it may not work for you.
One of my friends still schedules her weeks in pen and paper in a portable agenda. My friend believes that writing her commitments by hand insures that she agrees to give it the time she allotting for it. She goes as far as to categorize the events by stars. Three stars means that it is highly important. One star means it isn't. That's her way of prioritizing what is important and vital to her life. It assures her that those three star events should not be canceled, postponed, or taken lightly.
I may not want to write things in a notebook type calendar. I fear that I may misplace (lose) it. That is why using the built in iCalendar on my phone is the best thing for me. I can setup alerts up to a week ahead for any particular event. I can create multiple color-labeled sub-calendars within the master one so that I can visually see what purpose it is serving.
I tell you all of this so that you know that there is no excuse good enough as to why you don't invest your time better. If you can manage your time better, you increase your opportunities for growth, you position yourself better for positive outcomes, and you add value to your life. Instead of wondering where your time went, now you can actually tell your time where to go. Isn't that a better proposition?
Organizing my time has paid dividends for me. Give your time value by giving it a purpose. Structure your hours, days, weeks, and even months to maximize the time God has gifted you.
Now, tell me, what would you do if you managed your time better that you don't already do? I would love to read your answers. And if you have any suggestions regarding this topic, that could benefit us all, please share it by commenting below.