We are very careful about how we spend our money. We set budgets, we save, and we monitor how much we are spending on a regular basis in order to stay on track. Many of us obsess over personal finance.
But we don't often show the same self-awareness with our time. Why is that the case? Time is our most valuable resource, and there is no way to get time back once it is gone. As we do with our personal finance, we should obsess over our personal time-ance.
Making better use of our time is often discussed in the topic of becoming more productive at work. But the truth is, time management is not just instrumental to our work-lives, but also to our social-lives, and personal-lives. Time management transcends the limited scope of productivity, as it can give you the freedom to take control of your own life, and to live each day in a rich way.
The following are some tips to implement or at least think about as you aim to make the most of your time, each and every day, with an emphasis on optimizing your time with screens.
Eliminate: Saying no to the less-important tasks, obligations, hangouts, favors, or time-spenders.
Saying no to an unimportant task, allows you to focus on your priorities
Saying no to an invitation you aren't excited about, grants you some personal time and allows you to spend your energy towards meaningful events.
Saying no to an unimportant favor; just be there when it matters.
Remove x App; Does your time on this app bring you joy? Would you be better off without it?
Todo List: Make a short todo list of around 3 daily priorities. Aside from the professional/career-related tasks, make sure to include personal or casual goals for that day. For example:
- Write blog post draft
- Request revision from team
- Brainstorm more blog post ideas
- Take a walk in the park; I need some time to relax.
- Face-time my friend; we haven't chatted in a bit.
Time-box: Make a time-boxed schedule for your day. You don't need to break your day into 5 minute intervals, or have a color coded schedule. You can, but you don't need to. Simply block out time on intervals for the key items of your day. The key is not to go over and stick to the boundaries of the time-box. Example:
- 8AM-9AM: Morning exercise
- 10AM-12PM: Focused work session
- 12PM-12:30PM: Netflix, twitter, youtube, etc
Scheduling time to scroll intentionally throughout the day can be an excellent method to reduce digital distractions.