Is your life like one great big countdown? Is the clock or the calendar your enemy? Are you haunted by the things that must be done and the limited amount of time you have to do it? If you are like me, getting a better handle on time-management is one of the most important areas for growth in your life. Time management is the tool to fix the problem of wasted time.
Wasted Time: The Song Remains the Same
I am trying to put an end to “wasted time” in my life. Remember these tragic words in the Eagles song written by Glenn Frey and Don Henley?
So you live day to day
And you dream about tomorrow, oh
And the hours go by like minutes
And the shadows come to stay
So you take a little something
To make them go away
I could have done so many things, baby
If I could only stop my mind
From wonderin’ what I left behind
And from worrying ’bout this wasted time
3 Time Management Tips
Let’s not wonder what we left behind or worry about past wasted time. This may not take away all of your shadows, but here are 3 simple tips for time management:
#1 – Spend 30 minutes at the beginning of each workday planning out your tasks.
Don’t just rely on your brain, write them down and try to prioritize them. Make sure you start with the most important things, not your favorite things.
#2 – When something absolutely has to be done, put up a “Do not disturb” sign.
Getting yourself in a position for the least amount of distractions is essential. If we can devote 100% of our mind to a task, we have so much more potential for productivity. You are probably not as good at multi-tasking as you think you are, so don’t pick up your phone and stop checking your social media.
#3 – Give yourself a “break” if you do not finish everything on your list.
Remember the 80/20 rule: 20% of your work produces 80% of your results. Aren’t you glad you prioritized your to do list and started with the most important?
These simple tips can stop the wondering and take the worry about the wasted time out of your day.
Author: Rich Stevenson
Rich Stevenson leads a network of young leaders investing in church planting and missions around the globe (www.malachinetwork.org). He has authored 5 books, including Secrets of the Spiritual Life and A Voice from Home. For more information visit: www.richstevenson.org.