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Time Management Doesn’t Exist, But Here’s What Does…

Time Management Doesn’t Exist, But Here’s What Does…

I never understood time, even from a young age I couldn’t understand how time actually existed in this world. As a result I had a thirst to find our more, so when I was very young I learned everything that I could on time; from Steven Hawking, to Brian Tracey to Jack Canfield.The standardised and structured idea of ‘time’ didn’t work for me, the concept of time felt fake and didn’t honour me at all.

I truly feel,  time doesn’t exist.

Not absolutely. It is a concept made up and of course it serves what Stuart Wilde calls Tick tock land.

You do not need to buy into living your life within the frame of 7 days a week, and 24 hours a day. If you do, you’ve set up a limitation within your mind.

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The vibration of time doesn’t serve you, it limits you.

So here is a better picture, work with energy, always. Allow your day to revolve around energy management, not time management. Stop viewing time within the confines of a limiting spectrum. Time, 24 hours, 7 days, 365 days. Doesn’t serve you one bit.

Your body doesn’t care if its Monday at 1pm or Tuesday a 2pm. All your body, your mind, and your soul care about is energy. This means, how you feel, or how you are not feeling.

Think about something you want done, chances are you could have done it, or least started it, but, it’s highly likely that you were thinking that you don’t have enough time.

I hate those words, “I don’t have enough time.” Delete them now and never say them again.

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You have so much time when you have so much energy, but you may not of done the things that you needed or wanted to do, because you actually had a lack of energy, not time.

Most people can get up earlier, most people can work with time and manage it well. I know this. I know you can. But in the long haul, it doesn’t serve you, it’s boring and so many people give up trying to manage their so ‘called time’, because they are actually not managing their energy well, not their time.

What I propose is that you stop trying to manage your time, and manage your energy.

When you have a lot of energy think about what you can accomplish, regardless of time. When you feel good, things happen, effortlessly.

First things first, if you want to manage time better you need to manage your energy better. This may include:

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  • Proper self care for your mind, body and spirit.
  • Your environment, your desk, your life. Clutter serves nobody. Clean up your desk, your computer, your business and your life.
  • Write a list of everything that sucks your energy and drains you. Everything that is on the backburner, you haven’t complete, you’ve started but feel guilty about continueing, invoices you haven’t paid, people you haven’t emailed, even your grandma you haven’t called. List everything that you want to or need to do on one piece of paper. You may have 20-100 things on there and that’s fine. We need to get things off our chest, and out into the open where we can see them. When we do this they become real, actionable and less draining because we are not carrying them around anymore.

Lastly, I want to challenge you one step further, every morning when you wake up you need to do two things:

First, ask yourself. Where is my energy today? How do I feel today? How did I sleep? On a scale 1-10 how am I feeling? 10 being estatic, and 1 being I could be back in bed.

This allows you to work with yourself and your energy.

If you feel you could go back to bed, do it. 

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If you feel you could get stuck straight into work, do it.

If you feel that you need a few hours to yourself do it. 

Remember, we are working with energy management more than time management in life. Focus on your energy and building your energy levels up and you’ll get a ton more done.

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Last Updated on July 13, 2020

How Not to Feel Overwhelmed at Work & Take Control of Your Day

How Not to Feel Overwhelmed at Work & Take Control of Your Day

Overwhelm is a pernicious state largely caused by the ever-increasing demands on our time and the distractions that exist all around us. It creeps up on us and can, in its extreme form, leave us feeling anxious, stressed and exhausted.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, here are 6 strategies you can follow that will reduce the feeling of overwhelm; leaving you calmer, in control and a lot less stressed.

1. Write Everything down to Offload Your Mind

The first thing you can do when you begin to feel overwhelmed is to write everything down that is on your mind.

Often people just write down all the things they think they have to do. This does help, but a more effective way to reduce overwhelm is to also write down everything that’s on your mind.

For example, you may have had an argument with your colleague or a loved one. If it’s on your mind write it down. A good way to do this is to draw a line down the middle of the page and title one section “things to do” and the other “what’s on my mind”.

The act of writing all this down and getting it out of your head will begin the process of removing your feeling of overwhelm. Writing things down can really change your life.

2. Decide How Long It Will Take to Complete Your To-Dos

Once you have ‘emptied your head,’ go through your list and estimate how long it will take to complete each to-do.

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As you go through your list, you will find quite a few to-dos will only take you five or ten minutes. Others will take longer, often up to several hours.

Do not worry about that at this stage. Just focus on estimating how long you will need to complete each task to the best of your ability. Here’s How to Cultivate a More Meaningful To Do List.

3. Take Advantage of Parkinson’s Law

Now here’s a little trick I learned a long time ago. Parkinson’s Law states that work will fill the time you have available to complete it, and us humans are terrible at estimating how long something will take:((Odhable: Genesis of Parkinson’s Law))

    This is why many people are always late. They think it will only take them thirty minutes to drive across town when previous experience has taught them it usually takes forty-five minutes to do so because traffic is often bad but they stick to the belief it will only take thirty minutes. It’s more wishful thinking than good judgment.

    We can use Parkinson’s Law to our advantage. If you have estimated that to write five emails that desperately need a reply to be ninety minutes, then reduce it down to one hour. Likewise, if you have estimated it will take you three hours to prepare your upcoming presentation, reduce it down to two hours.

    Reducing the time you estimate something will take gives you two advantages. The first is you get your work done quicker, obviously. The second is you put yourself under a little time pressure and in doing so you reduce the likelihood you will be distracted or allow yourself to procrastinate.

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    When we overestimate how long something will take, subconsciously our brains know we have plenty of time and so it plays tricks on us and we end up checking reviews of the Apple Watch 4 or allow our colleagues to interrupt us with the latest office gossip.

    Applying a little time pressure prevents this from happening and we get more focused and more work done.

    4. Use the Power of Your Calendar

    Once you have your time estimates done, open up your calendar and schedule your to-dos. Go through your to-dos and schedule time on your calendar for doing those tasks. Group tasks up into similar tasks.

    For emails that need attention on your to-do list, schedule time on your calendar to deal with all your emails at once. Likewise, if you have a report to write or a presentation to prepare, add these to your calendar using your estimated time as a guide for how long each will take.

    Seeing these items on your calendar eases your mind because you know you have allocated time to get them done and you no longer feel you have no time. Grouping similar tasks together keeps you in a focused state longer and it’s amazing how much work you get done when you do this.

    5. Make Decisions

    For those things you wrote down that are on your mind but are not tasks, make a decision about what you will do with each one. These things are on your mind because you have not made a decision about them.

    If you have an issue with a colleague, a friend or a loved one, take a little time to think about what would be the best way to resolve the problem. More often than not just talking with the person involved will clear the air and resolve the problem.

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    If it is a more serious issue, then decide how best to deal with it. Talk to your boss, a colleague and get advice.

    Whatever you do, do not allow it to fester. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away. You need to make a decision to deal with it and the sooner you do so the sooner the problem will be resolved. (You can take a look at this guide on How To Make Good Decisions All The Time.)

    I remember long ago, when I was in my early twenties and had gone mad with my newly acquired credit cards. I discovered I didn’t have the money to pay my monthly bills. I worried about it for days, got stressed and really didn’t know what to do. Eventually, I told a good friend of mine of the problem. He suggested I called the credit card company to explain my problem. The next day, I plucked up the courage to call the company, explained my problem and the wonderful person the other end listened and then suggested I paid a smaller amount for a couple of months.

    This one phone call took no more than ten minutes to make, yet it solved my problem and took away a lot of the stress I was feeling at the time. I learned two very valuable lessons from that experience:

    The first, don’t go mad with newly acquired credit cards! And the second, there’s always a solution to every problem if you just talk to the right person.

    6. Take Some Form of Action

    Because overwhelm is something that creeps up on us, once we feel overwhelmed (and stressed as the two often go together), the key is to take some form of action.

    The act of writing everything down that is bothering you and causing you to feel overwhelmed is a great place to start. Being able to see what it is that is bothering you in a list form, no matter how long that list is, eases the mind. You have externalized it.

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    It also means rather than these worries floating around in a jumbled mess inside your head, they are now visible and you can make decisions easier about what to do about them. Often it could be asking a colleague for a little help, or it could be you see you need to allocate some focused time to get the work done. The important thing is you make a decision on what to do next.

    Overwhelm is not always caused by a feeling of having a lack of time or too much work, it can also be caused by avoiding a decision about what to do next.

    The Bottom Line

    Make a decision, even if it is to just talk to someone about what to do next. Making a decision about how you will resolve something on its own will reduce your feelings of overwhelm and start you down the path to a resolution one way or another.

    When you follow these strategies to can say goodbye to your overwhelm and gain much more control over your day.

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