HOW often have most of us said, “If only I had more time!” We must make good use of the time we have because once it is gone, it is gone forever. None of us - the powerful, rich, poor, old nor young people can accumulate time.
We may consider these following strategies which have helped many people to invest their time wisely. Think ahead - Plan ahead so you can make the most effective use of your time. Eliminate nonessential tasks which consume time and energy. If you find that you have more time on your hands because you have caught up on your work, why not move on to a job that is scheduled for later.
Simplify your life - Learn to say no to things that are unimportant which consume time. Too many activities and appointments can add needless stress and can rob you of joy. Prioritize - Prepare a to-do list of things that are urgent or important.
Perfectionism - Of course, high standards are commendable. Sometimes though, we may set standards so high that we invite disappointment and even failure. A person learning another language, for example, must be prepared to make mistakes, aware that he/she will learn from them. A perfectionist, however, would likely shudder at the thought of saying something incorrectly - an attitude that would impede his/her progress. How much better to be modest in our expectations.
Indecision and procrastination - We may allow life’s uncertainties to postpone an important decision. Or we may feel that we have to wait until we have every scrap of relevant information before making a decision. To be sure, important decisions warrant research and deliberation. But the reality is that many decisions involve some uncertainties.
Do not scrimp on sleep - Most adults need about eight hours of sleep a night to gain the full physical, emotional and cognitive benefits. Sleep is a sound investment of time because it aids in concentration and consolidates memories, thus, fostering learning. Sleep deprivation impedes learning and contributes to accidents, errors and irritability.
Balance work and recreation - Work hard and enjoy the rewards. Set realistic goals - A wise person does not let mere desires take the reins of his/her life, especially desires that maybe unrealistic or impossible to satisfy. Instead, learn to be content what you can actually attain.
Consider your values - Good values enable you to gauge what is good, important and worthwhile. Also, they help you to set sound priorities in life and to make the very best use of your time everyday.
We can be truly happy and emotionally secure with love especially within the family. We are careful not to disregard it in our pursuit of career and riches, so hopefully, we also invest our time wisely in our happiness.