Proper planning vital
The final two steps (among the five) to put more time in our lives are, ‘coping with everyday time-demands’ and ‘putting time to work’. Many of us feel it hard to get going in the morning. It requires planning and determination to solve this problem. In the beginning stages of my career, I had to catch a direct bus at 6 a.m, for which I used to wake up half-an-hour before the scheduled bus time and get ready. With such a short time available I had to finish everything hurriedly and in the process mess up a few things and forget something or the other every day. Many a times I missed the bus. The anxiety while running for the bus and the early day tension worked heavily on me.
Soon I realised my mistake and started waking up two hours early. Suddenly the entire scenario dramatically changed. I was totally relaxed, did things at leisure and even had some time to read a book at the bus-stop. Nobody wants to catch a train late, watch a movie or attend a marriage late. So cultivate punctuality by picking one important daily commitment for which you must be on time. Other things automatically adjust. Anticipate moments when you may have to compulsorily wait, and be prepared to deal with them without fretting. Most importantly, let other people be aware of the deadlines you need to meet, of course in a polite way.
Telephone is the most important thing in our present life but it is also the first enemy of the time management. Realise that the mobile phone is just a tool and should remain that way instead of controlling your life. Develop tact and skill in closing a call, saying “Thanks. I will be in touch… call you later… will personally meet”. Don’t waste your time in arguing unnecessarily.
Time is a gift. Habitual management of this gift can help you live a fuller life. There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing. Your greatness lies in discriminating what is important to you and what is tempting.
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