I’ve heard it’s been said that time is more valuable than money itself, because you can always make more money but you can never get more time back.
If there is one thing that we all share, it is that we all have the same amount of time in any given day. We all have the same 24 hours each day to approach our daily lives. Therefore, it’s what we do with our time, not how much we have of it, that really matters.
While I believe in allowing things and circumstances in my life to flow, I know for certain there is great value in budgeting and managing our most valuable resource- time. What we choose to do with our time is our own unique choice. Of course, with a little discipline, we can learn how to properly manage our time to get the most out of our days!
To me, it all starts with how early I wake up. If I cooperate with myself and get out of bed in the morning when I had originally set my alarm the night before, I’ll have much more time to get my daily disciplines in- meditation and exercise- which will leave me with more time for leisure activities later in the day. By waking up early, I also have more time to prepare for work instead of rushing to launch into my day, which will in turn have me subconsciously rushing through the rest of my day.
With meticulous time management, I’ve been able to juggle multiple priorities and responsibilities while at the same time experiencing life in fulfilling ways. Between a full time job, teaching and practicing yoga, training for the upcoming 2017 NYC Marathon, spending quality time with friends and family, and writing this blog post, I am able to find time to read and learn something new every day. I’m also able to find time to relax, which is a priority as well!
The good news is that you can budget time specifically for whatever it is that is important to you.
One great tip is to use your time wisely. For example, while doing the inevitable tasks of our day. such as commuting (unless you’re driving or walking), use that time to read instead of surfing the internet or social media on your phone. If you do drive or walk to work or other destinations, you can use audiobooks, podcasts, or other materials so you can learn and get your reading in on the go!
These little hacks have changed the way I look at and approach the menial tasks of my day by transforming them into little meaningful learning sessions.
Have menial to-do lists that seem to keep adding up, such as cleaning, laundry, or cooking? Great!
Personally, I’ve found that purposefully allocating a time slot in the day for these tasks helps me stick to my commitment to get them done. Also you may often find that once you start these tasks, they’re never as bad as you originally think they will be. Remember, action cures procrastination.
Another tip that I have found that helps me is to plan the night before for the day ahead, whether it be picturing and visualizing it, or writing down what I’d like to do. It’s important to remember to leave time open for all the spontaneity the day will bring, and other time open to do nothing and just relax. By mapping out the day you will give it structure, and you’ll be able to approach it with intention!
Please keep in mind that time management is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Everybody does things differently in their own way. Still, when used properly according to what fits best for you, you may actually find that you have more than enough time to schedule the things that are most important to you, whatever that may be!
What activities do you want to make more time for?
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