Which day of the week is your busiest time?
Is it Monday when everything seems like a mess? Or is it Friday on which there is always a bunch of things that haven’t been done?
Or, you are always busy.
If that is the case, then you probably don’t know how to manage time.
Being busy seems to have become an epidemic.
Almost everyone feels they do not have enough time.
Before we teach you how to manage time, perhaps we should first think about why people are getting ever busier.
First, it may be because we are always overly optimistic about our own abilities and miscalculate the time needed for our work.
We always tend to instinctively glorify ourselves.
When we look at others, what we see is who they are now.
When we look at ourselves, we see who we want to become.
Second, it is probably because we are all too used to multitasking.
We seem to think that this is a symbol of ability, but this is actually a widespread misunderstanding.
In fact, there have been many studies which prove that multitasking is totally harmful without any benefit.
Every time you stop your work, you need to spend a lot of time to refocus, which leads to very few hours that really count.
In severe cases, it may only be 20%.
Third, there may be problems with our values.
Nowadays “workaholic” seems to have become a glorious label.
More and more people think that only by being constantly busy can you prove yourself a capable and responsible person.
Although everyone is saying that we must achieve a balance between work and life, fewer and fewer people dare to pursue it.
So, how can we manage time well? Start by following these three advice:
First of all, do not skip planning only because you are under difficult time constraints.
Prioritize all the things you are going to do, estimate how long they will take, and then put them on the daily calendar.
When you have a big picture of everything you do, the way you think about stuff will be completely different.
You may find that you do not have time for all those tasks, so you have to reconsider the rationality of your work, or you must think of ways to optimize your working methods.
In short, the old-school way of doing everything one by one is really unscientific.
Second, do not think that your willpower is infinite.
It is customary to create routines.
You need to find a fixed time to do the things you do every week and save yourself troubles.
In this way, it is also easier for you to make your plan.
A human’s willpower is very limited, and if you use it on all kinds of minor decisions, you can’t use them on what’s truly important.
Last but not least, accept yourself for doing nothing.
What do you do when you rest?
Going to the movies? Binge-watching TV shows? Playing games? Partying? Or traveling like crazy?
Sometimes, what we call “rest” is just another form of work.
We seem to feel like we are wasting time by doing nothing.
But we really need some time to do nothing. This is a quality rest because it frees you from the race to catch up with time.