Saturday, 21 January 2012

Make the Most of Your Time

We only get so much time. To truly make our lives amazing, then, we must learn to use it, enjoy it, revel in it, conquer it and squeeze out every last smidgen of life there is in it. 

We’ve previously talked about getting to know our productive selves, so we are already half way to understanding how to fully utilise our time; but being productive, and having the right sense of the time we have in which to be productive, are different things.

Making the most of your time isn’t exclusively about being productive; it is also about enjoying yourself, feeling contented and purposeful and as though you’re living your life the best possible way. Making the most of our time, again, comes down to that crucial buzz word: consciousness. It’s about being aware of what we’re doing with our time, questioning whether that is the best use of our time, and striving to change it if it is not.

The best way to be conscious of how you are using your time is to plan it. Now, this might sound incredibly boring to some of you, but the wonder of planning is that you can do it however you like; it doesn’t have to be boring if you don’t want it to be. Plan your time to a tight schedule, or to a loose one, to strict activities, or with long lengths of free time – as long as you’ve made yourself aware of how you choose to spend your time, and don’t let it, as the above quote states ‘slip away from you’.

♥ For our amazing lives, the way we use our time is crucial
♥ Making the most of our time requires consciousness and awareness
♥ Plan your time in a way that suits you, as long as you have a plan

Plan your time.

Creating a plan for your time is helpful in so many ways; it helps you to recognize, realistically, how much time you have to work with, and shows you when you’ve been spending your time in the best ways, where otherwise this might have gone unnoticed and lead to your feeling down.

It is not easy for me to tell you what your plan should look like, because your plan has to work for you, not me – but hopefully I can give you some pointers that will spur you on and encourage you. Here are some options, pick the one you think best suits your lifestyle, or create your own:

1. Create a traditional daily timetable marked by hours and fill each hour with an activity.
2. Create a weekly ‘to-do list’ style timetable which shows what you want to achieve that week, rather than daily.
3. Create themed months or weeks, where you have a primary focus on one task or a group of linked tasks.
4. Give each day of the week a purpose according to your lifestyle, for example: Monday could be the day you organise odds and errands so that they won’t clutter the rest of your week; Tuesday could be a college day where you catch up on academic projects; Wednesday could be a personal project day spent on something like your blog or artwork; Sunday could be a rest or social day etc.

To make the most of your time, plan it the way that suits you, rather than trying to subscribe to the strict nine to five week/weekends off regime. If you have the commitment of full time work, plan your free time. Having a regime like fixed working hours to work around can actually make planning your time easier. Don’t let your plan overwhelm you, make it something realistic that you can really work with and enjoy, and start making the most of your time!


clairecommando said...

I love this planning post! Great stuff. :)

connie said...

Great post Megan, I am currently juggling full time work + part time study + regular posting on my blog + setting up a new business + all the other areas of my life!!

I rely SO heavily on lists and timetables. I love them.

At the moment I am working with in 90 day blocks, where each 90 days has its own set of goals, objectives and tasks to achieve. It really help me break my huge big goals in to smaller chunks!

Thanks for the wonderful post xx

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