It seems that as human beings, we are always in a battle against time. Everywhere we go, there are clocks reminding us how much time we have remaining to finish our assignments, projects, and tasks.
There are hundreds of things we need to get done in our weekly lives, and much of the work, especially for home business entrepreneurs, is revolved around finishing the work on the time that we assign ourselves to finish by through due dates or time management.
However, because we constantly obsess over time, sometimes it affects our work in a negative way. Hopefully, this article will show you that to manage your time well, you really don’t need time management, or time at all.
One of the things I realized is, the more you try to control time, the worse your work turns out to be. Have you ever been given an assignment which takes one hour to finish, but the due date for it is a week?
What most people say is, “Okay… I have a week to finish this, I’ll do this later,” then head over to the couch and turn on the TV.
When the day before the due date comes, they realize the assignment is harder than they thought and since they put if off until the last second, they just worry about finishing it on time.
Once they get their assignment back, they realize that the grade they wanted wasn’t what they expected because the quality of their work wasn’t that great.
Or, have you ever been given an assignment where it takes like one hour to finish, but the due date for it is actually one hour? What do you do? To get rid of the worry, anxiety, and stress, you do everything you can to finish it on time.
Great! You’ve finished it on time, but the quality of work isn’t so great. Who cares you say, at least you finished it. When you get the grade back, it’s not as good as you thought it would be.
Finally, have you ever tried to plan out a full day schedule for yourself? You made up something that looked like this.
6:00 Wake up.
6:00 – 6:30 Eat breakfast.
6:30 – 7:00 Take a shower and get dressed.
7:00 – 10:00, Work on task #1 which must be done.
10:00 – 11:00 Watch two episodes of TV.
11:00 – 12:00 Work on task #2.
12:00 – 1:00 Have lunch.
1:00 – 4:00 Work on task #3.
4:00 – 4:30 Take a break.
4:30 – 5:30 Work on task #4.
5:30 – 7:00 Take a break and eat dinner.
7:00 – 9:00 Work on task #5 work.
9:00 – 10:00 Check email and get ready for bed.
10:00 – 6:00 Sleep.
You tell yourself, man if I could follow a schedule like that, I would be able to get a lot done during the day. On paper, it looks great and so does the productivity of it. So you write it down, stick it on the wall, and tell yourself that you will stay committed to it everyday.
Then something starts to happen when you actually go through it. You start becoming more aware that it becomes harder and harder to try and maintain with these time limits. Not only do see do you start to seeing the system breaking down, but you start see yourself break down as well.
I used to also think that these time management plans rocked, but then I would see the same thing happen over and over again.
The 1st day goes well and I give myself a pat on the back, then the 2nd day goes by but I accidentally missed an interval by 5 minutes, then the 3rd day goes by and I accidentally didn’t do a project or didn’t want to do it, then the 4th day goes by and I decide that it is okay to wake up 30 minutes later because I more tired than usual, then the 5th goes by and I decide to spend an hour hanging out with my friend who called, then the 6th day goes by and my entire schedule is pushed back by 2 hours, finally when the seventh day hits, my entire schedule is ruined.
What happened is we become so obsessed with following our time management schedules to the second that being on time that it becomes our main concern or priority rather than the work itself.
We try our hardest to follow these strict time schedules, and even though the thought of being perfect feels great, inside following a schedules turns us into an automated robot and makes us feel miserable.
Even worse, when we fail to achieve our schedule we feel like we have failed and also feel like a failure. This is what time does to us if we try to control it.
A better way to deal with time is not to control it, but be with in sync with time. By being in sync with time the better your work will turn out to be and you won’t have to be constantly wary of time’s presence.
For example, have you ever done something where or you’re so into it that time flies by?
Sure, we all have.
These would include things such as watching an inspiring movie, talking to a friend about a deep subject, or even studying something you thought was interesting. If you think about it, one of the best ways to be in sync with time is simply just to enjoy what you’re doing.
Here are some of the benefits I found with enjoying what you’re doing.
1. Time is there but it doesn’t really affect you.
2. You’re completely focused on what you’re doing.
3. You don’t realize how fast time flies by.
4. The quality of your work becomes better.
5. You get things done on time.
Finally, when you enjoy what you’re doing, you become happier with yourself and your work.
If you don’t like you’re work, you may have to fake it at first. But if you keep on believing in your work, focusing on your work, and practicing your work, you’ll be so engrossed in it that eventually, as ridiculous as it may sound, you’ll learn to like it.
I used to hate AP US History and Pre-Calculus in high school, but towards the end of the year, you get to a point where you so deep into the subject that it actually becomes interesting for a change, or maybe I’m just crazy.
The point is, whatever your work is, don’t obsess over finishing it within a time limit but rather learn to be interested in the subject, want to learn more about it, and finally just enjoy it.
In conclusion, realize that time is just time. There’s conflicting theories about whether it exists or not, but that’s not the most important thing.
What’s important is that it is here to stay and will remain there forever. You can’t add more time, you can’t decrease time, and you can’t change the way time acts.
But you can change the things you do. Don’t be constricted within the limits of time’s world, but let time be a small factor that exists in your world. With that said, just try to enjoy what you do, and the rest will fall into place.