Every day, you start the day with a lot of time in your hands; it’s just up to you to use it wisely.5603829475_b5ae6cc3be

You can invest it in things that will yield positive returns, use it to inspire people, or you can use it to watch re-runs of your favourite sitcom. Again, it’s up to you.

But here’s the cinch, you can’t turn back time.

Don’t be surprised when you realise, “Whoa, it’s August already!??”

Then you’ll have a major face-palm moment when you realise that you’ve spent so much time doing god knows what.

Having an epiphany, like the one I described above is a major sign that you’re wasting time on things that don’t count.

Really, if you can’t remember much of how you spent your time for the past few months, then that’s a clear indication that most of your time was spent on things that don’t matter to you.

Now, I invite you to make the decision that will change your life forever…

From here on, I invite you to start making a CONSCIOUS EFFORT to manage your time, not just to complete your to-do list, but also to free-up enough time to do other things that you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t been able to do before.

These things can include:

  • Dating or socializing
  • Changing careers
  • Reading the books on your shelf
  • Taking a much deserved vacation
  • Anything on your bucket list
  • Any milestone that can take weeks/months to accomplish but will make you feel proud once you’ve completed it

Conscious Effort: The Key to Time Management and Personal Development

We’ve all experienced the feeling of investing time on something only to realise after that time was just wasted. Effective time management, experts say, requires you to look at time as an investment even more valuable than money.

The problem is it’s not easy to keep the idea of “time management” at the forefront of your mind. To solve that, here are 3 actionable time management tips you can easily apply after reading this article

Hit two birds with one stone

To make the most out of your time, try to invest it in activities that have multiple positive returns. On weekends, instead of sitting in front of the telly to relax or have fun, you can invest time on playing a sport you enjoy.

By doing that you will be having fun and doing your workout at the same time! If you’re playing a group sport, then that time can also count as time spent catching up with friends. Similarly, you may want to start a sideline business on your extra time that will allow you to practice a skill you love while earning money at the same time.

Keep investing

The power of compound interest also applies to time. For example, working on a new skill may seem hard at first, but after several repetitions, you’ll find that doing the same task takes less time. The same goes for complicated projects and crossing of items in your bucket list, once you know that you can do something you’ve never thought of doing before, you won’t have trouble doing something new again.

Ask yourself, Will doing ________ (what you want to do) help me accomplish ________ (insert short/long term goals here)?

There will be times when you just feel like doing something which may not help you in the long run. Next time this happens, ask yourself the question above. If that doesn’t help you decide, ask another question,

“What will happen if I do _____ (what you’re not supposed to do) instead of _____ (an important task)?

As early as now start maximizing your time, investing it in things for personal development and activities that count, so that by the time you’re older you would have placed yourself in a position of success.

 

What about you, what do you do to make time for the things that count?

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Paul Bailey
 

Paul is a highly experienced Business Coach, Mentor and Personal Development Specialist. He works with people to enhance business and personal performance through a process of supported self-awareness and self- development. Paul is the Co-Author of the book 80 Tips.

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