How to do more in less time.
We all have one thing in common. I’m not just referring to us humans. I’m talking about dogs, cats, wasps and all the other stuff.
It’s the most precious resource of all. We don’t know how much we have but we assume it’s plentiful. Unfortunately, once it’s gone, it’s gone and we can never get it back.
Of course I’m referring to time.
I recently had a birthday, which has put me twice as far away from my birth as it has from my retirement. This made me reflect on my life and the time I have left.
Then I realised I’ve no idea how much time I have left. So I should be grateful for any time I have now.
Therefore I’ve come to the conclusion that, while I still have some, I need to treat my time with a little bit more respect.
Up until now I frittered it away with gay abandon like it will never run out. In actual fact, I’ve been a fool thinking I own any time at all. This is not the case, time owns me but I can use it.
So why not use it wisely? In short, I can invest in it.
This is why this week I’ve broken down and planned my day into 5 minute chunks. I know… it sounds nuts.
Initially I did a working version on a spreadsheet but now it’s all in a cracking little app called cal on my iPhone. So I know exactly what I should be doing at any time of the day.
You’re probably thinking I’m a spreadsheet loving, lunatic. Well you’d be right but I’m also getting more done in less time.
Whereas before I used to stare zombie-like into space trying to think about what, of the many things I’d forgotten to do. Now I know exactly what I should be forgetting, when and how much time I should spend forgetting about it
So I focus on the one thing I’m meant to be doing until it’s time to move on to the next thing.
More often than not I finish the thing I’m meant to be doing, in the allotted time, therefore confirming Parkinson’s law:
“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”.
I have a process, a system that works and it frees up a lot of my time.
So rather than before, where I had little bits of time here and there, which I would waste doing nothing, now I have a bigger chunks of spare time to waste.
Besides I try to convince myself that it’s not a waste of time if I enjoy wasting it.
By the way have you worked out how old I am? Only ask because I’m so old, I’ve forgotten.