How to manage your time well? That is a fundamental question. Because the real luxury is to take your time… So here is a 6-step method to regain control over your life that flows second after second:
1. Managing your time as a scarce resource
"Those who say that time is money are in error, we can put euros aside, not hours" said Oxmo Puccino. Time is and has always been undoubtedly the most valuable resource of man. Nevertheless, like every natural resource, it is wasted at times, and only some are able to apprehend it and appreciate it at its fair value. Fortunately, there are key levers on which it is possible to act in order to strengthen its control over time.
2. Lack of time is only poor management of priorities
and to re-establish sound management of priorities, it is essential to fully re-weight all its so-called "priorities". First thing to do: remove the consuming habits that serve you! Watch TV on your way home, spend an hour on the internet to respond to your e-mails, consult and share bullshits on community sites… can be a good example of bad habits. Instead, you can take advantage of it to educate yourself or to develop your social: outings with friends, learning a foreign language, reading this specific book that has been hanging in your library for too long… So be aware of prioritizing and balancing your priorities.
3. The power of the delegation
Did you sort through your activities? Ok! Now, you must only have activities that are either obligatory or rewarding. The goal is therefore to take the activities that you want to separate but which you can not do otherwise than to treat them and then delegate them to a third person. Example: to delegate the ironing of the entire wardrobe to the babysitter, subject to remuneration. This will cost you money but will free you from the time you can use for yourself. In a general way, delegate everything you can.
4. A planner Vision
So you have a core of "healthy" activities. The goal now is to organize them together. For this it is imperative to have a minimum of planning. If you have an appointment at the other end of Paris, plan a departure time and leave the time of the journey with a margin of error which, if not used, will serve you to have a tea/coffee or simply to make a part of the journey on foot!
5. Who says planning says…
… objectives. Define long-term and short-term goals, and write them on a sheet of paper to move them from an abstract state to a concrete state. Post them, take a look at it every day/week/month, what do I know, but don't lose sight of it, it will save you from being lost and therefore a waste of time.
6. The Edison example
Paraphrasing Edison: "I have not known 100 failures before inventing the bulb, I just discovered 100 ways not to make a light bulb". This word of mind deserves that we take the time to meditate it… Once you've done something, take a step back and return to it a week later. Cold, was this thing positive? Negative? Did you really gain time? Have you lost it in the end? This will allow you to analyze your faux-steps and turn them into rewarding experiences. Remember that failure does not exist.
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