“Your use of time is a true measure of what you really value not what you say”. Bamidele Adenipekun
It is always easier to give the right responses to questions that other people ask. Life experiences and learning often lead you to shape answers we deem are reasonable. The head knowledge that is portrayed to others doesn’t always align with the heart knowledge.
If someone were to ask you what you value, the response will be along the lines of: relationships with loved ones, growth, learning, purpose and the list goes on. The truth however, lies in what you spend most of your time on. This is one of those areas that it is very easy to fool yourself that you’re doing great because of your intellectual capacity.
Life is short and precious; it is so important to use your time wisely.
At some stage, that point would have been driven home to you through the speed at which life circumstances change. The technology available today that has revolutionised connectivity has also brought with it the propensity to major in the minors of life. If you have ever wondered how you seem to run out of time with the important things left undone like truly being present with those you love; a re-think is required.
My suggestion to you is to make space in your life for an inventory of your time. A good idea will be to do this for at least 7 consecutive days. To make this effective in practice; get a new notepad to be set aside for the sole purpose of recording your activities. At the end of each day just before you settle down to sleep, write down all the tasks and activities you engaged in over the course of the day.
As this is supposed to be a factual record, don’t include what was on your to-do-list that you didn’t get around to doing. You also need to record activities that were only in short bursts of time like 10 minutes here and there as they all add up. After 7 days, you can then go back and review your journal entries. If you haven’t done this for a long time or never; your answers might just surprise you.
If you don’t like some of the trends that emerge, you now have a golden opportunity to do so. The danger with the aftermath of an activity like that is to see the need for big changes that you then make large resolutions about. In the long run, those changes are not sustainable so you’re likely to default to inefficient use of your time.
My suggestion: start with small changes that you can make and then scale up as time goes on. For example, if your use of social media is about 3 hours per day, you might cut that down to 2 hours per day by assigning time blocks to it and setting a timer to remind you to get off it when another more important task needs to be completed.
Different things will work for different people.
The important thing is to make your time count for all the right reasons.
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