Can't be! How is that even possible? Yet, you haven't even scratched the surface of your to-do-list! Does that sound familiar? But you vow, come rain or sun, to get everything done before the day is over! Is that even possible, and are you really being honest with yourself?
Let's stick to the facts for a minute: a day has only 24 hours in it, right? Within this time frame you need to work, eat, rest(sleep, chill out) and play (I see the raised eyebrows... yes,it is doable) right? So tell me, how much more could you possibly squeeze into the remaining hours without compromising something else in the process?
You're probably thinking that life is all about compromise anyway, and that something is bound to suffer. True... given the fast pace of life today, and the ever growing demands on your time, you can be forgiven for thinking that you shall never get to "catch up," or never get to do all the things you want to do.
However, I want to challenge you to think differently, to change your approach to doing things so that your outcome is more positive. For smarter use of time, try and incorporate the following steps into your life:
Plan, plan, plan... get into the habit of planning your tasks or activities beforehand i.e. a day/a week/a month in advance. What this does is enable you to see how well/poorly your using your time, and eventually gets you to develop the discipline and determination required for a more efficient and effective you.
Always begin by categorizing your tasks in the following manner:
- Must be done
- Should be done
- Can be deferred or delegated
This enables you to become more diligent with your time, less of a procrastinator and more productive in what you do.
Befriend your calendar. Use it to plan your lists, your tasks and your daily activities so that you have an overview of all important appointments and events, errands, routines etc on hand. By so doing, you get to see where you are being unrealistic about your time allocation.
Don't be too hard on yourself if your off to a slow start. Remember, it takes a certain amount of discipline, motivation, and practice to make things perfect. As Orison Swett Marden so aptly put it,"The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the strand, add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably in thought and act."