Our lives are all so busy. We have work, school, chores, errands, among other responsibilities. I recently have been catching myself thinking, “I don’t have time” frequently. And then it dawned on me…technically I do have time. If I have time to watch a T.V. show (or two or three), then I have time to do a task on my list. If I have time to play a game on my phone, then I have time to do a task on my list. I’m not saying that I need to constantly be working and never get a break, but if I have a list of things that are burning a hole in me because they need to get done, then maybe I should make it more of a priority. Ultimately, how I spend my time is my decision and if I develop better time management skills, I will be able to accomplish more tasks while still being able to relax.
The first thing I needed to pinpoint was what I was eating up all of my free time. My husband and I have been binge watching a new T.V. series and we have been spending a lot of time watching the show. I also recently downloaded a couple games on my phone. I have been spending some time playing the games when I could be taking care of other responsibilities.
What are the things in your life that are stealing your time?
After pinpointing the guilty parties that were holding my time hostage (okay, the show I’ve been watching is crime related, you caught me), I needed to figure out what I am going to do to eliminate or at least decrease the distractions. Luckily, we just finished the show that we have been watching tonight, which means this is the perfect time for me to decrease the time I spend watching T.V. I’m going to start limiting myself to a maximum of ninety minutes per day collectively. Also, I have decided to delete the games from my phone. There are a million things that I could do in my home that I would enjoy doing more than the games on my phone, so I am going to be in the moment more.
What are you going to do to manage your time better?
Next, I wanted to pinpoint why I was using these things to stall before completing my tasks. I realized that all of the tasks I had to complete were things that I didn’t enjoy doing such as laundry, grocery shopping, and dishes. I was doing the bare minimum because I was being lazy and trying to procrastinate the inevitable. Also, I will be starting my new job soon. Which means that my relaxation time is dwindling. I think that I have been extra lazy recently because I know that pretty soon I won’t have the opportunity to be lazy anymore.
What is the reason behind your procrastination?
Now it is time to be strategic. Is there a time of the day that you have more energy? Are you a morning person who would like to wake up a little early to get things done or are you a night owl who would prefer to stay up later to finish your tasks? These are things to consider. I am not a morning person, but I am a fantastic procrastinator. If I let myself, I will do anything to push things off until the last minute. So to counteract that, I know that I have to make myself get up out of bed and just get things done right off the bat (whether I like it or not). I would rather get it out of the way so I don’t have to worry about it anymore and can relax afterwards. I will reevaluate my strategy in a week or so.
What is your strategy to become more efficient?
There is no time like the present. Work hard, play hard.