“I don’t have time”. How many times a day does this sentence cross our minds? When someone invites us to the cinema, to participate in a course, to a class in the gym, or simply to listen to an offer.
If I think of all the things that I’ve stopped doing due to lack of time over the last months, I could make a long list which would include banal things like dying my hair or getting a manicure; house activities such as washing dishes, watering plants or taking out the garbage; more transcendental activities such as reading a story with my son or taking a personal development course; to vital activities such as going to the gynecologist and drinking water. How many things we don’t do because we “don’t have time”!
Actually, we all have the same number of hours in our days, regardless of our gender, age, nationality, physical condition, etc. The problem is that we don’t know how to take advantage of those 24 hours and we let time go on unimportant things.
Have you ever thought about how many hours you dedicate to each of the aspects of your life that you consider important? How many hours do you allocate daily to your family, your health, your diet, and to your personal organization? It’s easier to know how much time you spend in traffic, in the office or watching Netfilx. If we counted the hours we dedicate to each activity, we would see that much of that time goes on things that are not our priority.
The first thing we must do if we want to feel more in control of our lives and our time is to be aware of what our priorities are and make the necessary adjustments, so that they receive the greatest amount of attention and energy. Of course, it’s a challenge, but if we don’t start, days will pass by and we’ll continue feeling frustrated, tired and bored of not having time for anything else.
True time-management is not just a skill that we develop, but a set of skills and habits that must be implemented and put to practice on a daily basis so that we can allocate every moment to the things that are really important. When you manage to organize, focus, delegate, plan, prioritize and set goals; It’s much easier to make decisions about what you want to do with your time, and where to invest it.
In a society like ours, where we’ve been told that everything can be done “easily and effortless” it’s very common to get confused and believe that we must do more in less time. However, this alludes to being busy, which is not the same as being productive. A productive person is not always busy, and this is something that we must change in our mindset. You can be productive taking a time to read and another to rest; everything depends on the priority that these activities have in our days.
Through the next ‘How to: Time Management’, I’ll guide you in order to identify the areas of your life that are a priority and focus on planning your days with respect to what will bring you the greatest satisfaction in return, and help you achieve your goals. Join me this January 30th at Co-Madre (Mexico), you’ll start the year feeling much more in control of your days and your life.
“Time is one of the few important things that we have left”, Salvador Dalí.
Cristina Menchaca holds a Pedagogy degree from the ‘Universidad Panamericana’, has a Specialty in ‘Pedagogy of Education’ from the National University of Córdoba in Argentina, and has developed as a Leadership Coach and an Educational Coach with the Growth Coaching International methodology, which is based on helping people achieve their goals.
She’s been a workshop manager, facilitator, and lecturer on various topics for more than 10 years. She´s currently Educational Consultant at Dalia Empower, and collaborates in other private initiatives promoting innovative environments with a human approach.