By: Dr. Alok Trivedi
“I wish I had more time.” Maybe it’s more time to spend with family or friends; more time to exercise and eat healthy; or more time to go back to school. Whatever it is, how do you make more time for those truly important things in your life? I am the author of Chasing Success, which says the reality is we all have the same twenty-four hours. The difference is some people know how to better manage it than others. When it comes to making time for the important things, here is what I recommend:
Minimize, minimize and minimize some more.
There was a reason Marie Kondo’s novel about tidying up your space to become happy was so successful. There is truth in her message of eliminating the unnecessary and finding what you love in the process. Get rid of what does not bring you joy. Less is really more.
Being busy does not bring you value.
In American culture, it can be all too easy to be running around completing task after task. It’s wise to assess what in your life is brining you value and maximize that rather than trying to do things that just don’t feel right and make you feel unworthy on the inside.
Differentiate between efficiency and effectiveness.
Your time is precious and needs to be allocated to the most important things. Utilize your time to be both effective and efficient. When you are doing any task, approach it within a concept of both
maximum efficiency and total effectiveness to reap the best results. Single task and hold your focus. Many people find themselves casually checking a single email, and before long they snap into full-fledged work mode. Develop a schedule and follow it religiously.
Know what you hold important.
It is a challenge to know how to dedicate your free time if you haven’t discovered what you love. Find the activities where your creativity flows and your heart sings.
Address problems at the root.
When you have the time to dedicate to the important things, you don’t want work problems to keep popping up. If there is a problem at work, address it from the start. Don’t keep putting it off, because it will fester at inopportune times.
Getting and staying organized.
When it is time to be with friends and family, the last thing you want to do is housework. Dedicate an initial cleaning and mass organization of your space. Take a little time each day to clear your space and organize everything into its given area. The clarity of your physical space lends to clarity of mind.
Block out time just for you.
You must become your top priority. Declare certain times of the day and week that are just for you. This time can be for you to indulge in your favorite pastimes, meditate, or even to do nothing. Live in every moment, and focus on the present.