Time – stuff that life is made of. Time management – a concept widely propagated, hardly followed. Time management is not a diet you get on or a temporary situation; it is a skill that you practice everyday for the rest of your life. Sounds scary and terribly boring? But imagine yourself going to bed every night happy with the way you have lived that day: no more chores carried over to the next day and actually being ahead of your schedule.
Don’t let your days blur past you, never knowing what you did the whole of last week. The first rule to manage your time (your life) effectively is to get yourself organized. Organizing yourself, your home and workplace can help you accomplish tasks on time, meet deadlines and more importantly reduce stress. How much time do we spend worrying over what needs to be done and how little time we have to do it? We hardly ever realize how much tension we put ourselves through. For peace of mind, get on with the organizing.
We offer a few concepts, which will assist you in managing time in certain areas of your life. Take example from these concepts and apply them to other aspects of your life too; before long you will realize how well you can sleep at night. For instance, take the glove compartment of your car. We put important documents in there, parking tickets, bills, flyers etc. Clean it, organize it and move out the junk. Remember to never let junk accumulate there. This will help you find what you need in an instant as well as prevent you from throwing out an important paper along with junk.
Likewise organize other such aspects such as your banking information, insurance information, credit card information, travel information etc. Create files for all these so you can save all those precious hours you spend hunting for bills or insurance papers in crucial moments. Collect the information, organize it and you will spend no time grinding your teeth trying to find your important documents. It may seem like a daunting and time consuming task; but spend time organizing your information and without a doubt it will be well worth those few hours you spend.
Organizing your information is just one step in managing time, you also have to organize your activities and allocate time effectively. As mentioned earlier, we spend more time worrying about what needs to be done rather than actually completing these tasks. For instance, consider all the time you spend running behind your kids trying to get them to do their homework. Some simple yet effective guidelines can make this job easier for you and for your kids. Try setting a fixed time for homework; not budging from this routine will help them fall into a pattern of regular studying.
Time management can really help you improve the quality of your life. With some organization, you will find yourself with more time to do what you love best – be it reading, watching TV, gardening or spending time with your family and friends.