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How To Manage Your Time Using 3 Rules

When it comes to time, there are several sayings.  One says “we are on borrowed time” and another says “you can’t buy time” or “there just aren’t enough hours in the day”.  And because both of those are true, when it comes to managing our time, it is extremely difficult, especially the older we get.  If only there was some type of time management course online that we could take to help us when we do get those few free moments in the day, but unfortunately, we don’t have that luxury.  There aren’t any advanced time management tools out there for us to use, in fact, the best time management tool, in my opinion, is a calendar.  Whether it is one in your phone or a weekly/daily planner.  Being able to write things down is very important and when we go back and can see it, things are a lot easier on us.

While learning time management can be a challenge, it is something that we all need to be able to do.  Below are 3 tips that will help you when it comes to trying to figure out how to manage your time.  And while you may be pretty good at it right now, take these tips into consideration the next time you find that you need more hours in a day.

Reality Check

You might feel like a super hero when it comes to making plans and trying to be everywhere at once, but face it, that just isn’t possible.  Sure you might be able to do it for a little while, but it is eventually going to take a toll on your body and really hurt you physically and mentally.  The best thing to do is TRY to think about how things will play out.  I know we can’t predict the future, but we can prepare ourselves for the worst case scenario.  Be sure to always leave yourself an out whether it is having to cancel dinner with friends or something that can easily be rescheduled.

Manage Not Only Time, But Energy

This one kind of goes hand-in-hand with the first one.  Just because you have the time to do something, doesn’t necessarily mean you have the energy.  When you are planning things out, think about not only how long it will last but how much energy it will require.  For example, I know if I am going to be at the baseball park all day in the heat and humidity, I won’t schedule an activity that night because I know I will be drained and won’t want to do anything.

It is easy for us to say we will be there or will do something, but there are some times when we have to realize that we need a break and just don’t have the energy to do it.

Don’t Look Immediately Ahead, Look Even Further

They say that the best chess players in the world don’t think about what their next move is going to be, they think 3 moves ahead.  That is something you will have to do if you want to be good at managing your time.  You have to be able to think about possible plans and if something should happen, what you are going to do.  The best thing to do is plan something and then go right back and make contengent plans.  Now, you don’t necessarily want to do this for every plan you make, but it is always good to have back up plans for the major events.  That way you aren’t stuck trying to think of something on the fly.

 

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