I mentioned above that human beings are good at corralling the world to fit their needs.
That’s where the idea of time came from–it allowed us to work together as a species in a more synchronized fashion.
And if we can do that on a group level, you and I can do it on an individual level as well.
The next time you find yourself grasping for more time, I want you to STOP and do this:
- Take out a piece of paper or pull up a blank document on your computer. (I prefer paper to avoid distractions.)
- Write down everything you’d like to do for the rest of the day.
- Write down the hours of the day that remain in a vertical fashion. If it’s 2 PM (1400 hours for you military and European friends!), then write 2, 3, 4, 5, etc. from top to bottom.
- Next, estimate the amount of time it will take to tackle each of your remaining tasks. Use your best estimate. The more you do this, the easier it will get. You can write your estimates to each task on your list.
- Finally, slot your tasks into the available hours that you have. Do your best to designate at least 30 minutes to one task. Overestimate rather than underestimate.
- Keep this paper in front of you (Or print out what you typed on your computer screen).
And that’s it.
You might be thinking, “Wow, what a waste. I thought I’d learn about some exotic strategy to completely transform my life and help me stay youthful and vibrant FOREVER.”
You just did–just not in the way you think.
You see, this strategy is just one of many simple, timeless actions you could take.
And it’s not about the exact steps. It’s about the entire process.
Because the more you do this process, the more you learn about things like:
- How long it takes for you to accomplish certain tasks
- How much you can realistically get done in one day
- When you are must productive during a day
- How to best document your tasks, period
Time is a finicky thing. So is your perception of time.
You think you have enough until there’s no more left.
But the ingenuity of your human brain can be your biggest advantage.
And once you use simple strategies to tap into that ingenuity, you’ll be impressed by what you learn about yourself–learning about yourself being the key to it all.
After all, it’s not lack of time that is the problem.
It’s how you respond to that perception that makes all the difference.