Successful persons are those who make good use of their time. They not only do well in exams but make best use of their ‘spare’ time to be productive. Simply put, time management is life management.
1. We all have just twenty four hours. Big chunk of these go to whatever business, job or profession we are doing. Sleep, time to get ready and ‘to and fro’ to place of work also takes some time.
How well we use the leftover time or ‘spare’ time from these essentials, counts a lot. Most people waste most of this time watching TV endlessly, reading fiction novels or other such value-less reading material, endlessly gossiping about others, which includes curiosity about other peoples’ lives, their ways, lifestyle, affairs, spreading rumours, false news specially about film stars, which amount to nothing but utter waste of the most precious commodity you have, TIME.
2. Successful people, attractive and pleasant personalities or people who count and matter, make best use of their time. They do not waste their time discussing people or in things described above. Instead, they watch TV selectively essentially improving their knowledge/information, read inspiring and life-skill books to self-improve and develop useful hobbies. They also do not waste their time visiting social networking sites to fulfil their curiosity. Time is perishable and cannot be hoarded. It can only be used or wasted. How you use it, it’s all up to you.
3. Another principal of astute time management is organizing your day to day life. This includes keeping things properly at their designated place to avoid wasting time finding them, organizing things and events for the day properly, so that you have everything handy when it is needed, forgetting nothing. You also must have your priorities right, which means important things are devoted more time than lesser important or least important things. It takes same time to do something important, lesser or least important. If you have not set your priorities right, invariably, you will end up doing unimportant or least important things first, leaving hardly any time for productive important things to be done for your growth and progress.
4. Even while travelling or driving to work or otherwise, make good use of your time in thinking positive, filling your mind with positive ideas, refreshing your memories with good times you have spent with your near and dear ones, think of the ways you can tackle some recurring problems, praying, expressing silent gratitude to God, family or friends, who have contributed so much in your life, deep breathing or ‘kapaal-bhati’ (type of breathing exercise), which will make vital difference in the quality of your thinking, mental and physical health, and well-being in general.
Supposing you are travelling by local train or bus, instead of gossiping, playing cards or otherwise wasting time doing nothing, do not hesitate or feel shy to start an exercise, yoga or breathing exercise to put the available time to productive use. Many will follow you with time but initially, people are always hesitant.
Excerpts from our Book, 'What They Don't Teach in Educational Institutions'
Capt. Ravi Mahajan Retd.
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- Lose an hour in the morning and you will be looking for it in the rest of the day. - Chesterfield.
- Ordinary people think mercifully how they will spend their time ; a man of intellect tries to use it. - Schopenhauer.
- Time is a rat that slowly cuts the thread of life.