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How to Make Friends with Father Time

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How to Make Friends with Father Time

Do you have trouble managing your time?

We’re all given the same 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week and approximately 672-744 hours in a month (give or take a couple of hours, depending on the length of the month). Depending on how you look at those numbers, it might seem as if there is a lot of time available to you or perhaps it may seem as if there is a very small amount of time for you to use.

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While you can’t physically change the amount of time in a day, week or month, the good news is that you can change your approach and attitude towards time.

Learning how to better manage your time is as simple as learning to view time as a friend, not a foe.  

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Follow the below tips to improve your relationship with good ol’ Papa Time to make the most of your time and get more things done.

How to Make Friends with Father Time

1. Put time into your relationship.

It takes time to grow any relationship, even with Father Time himself! Devote time to research new time management skills and techniques. You’ll also need a healthy dose of patience as you improve your relationship to time. Take it slow as you grow into your new role.

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2. Take a break and spend some time apart.

It might seem silly for me to tell you to take some time away from time, but it can be helpful take a break from your time management efforts. Learning how to better manage your time is one thing; become so preoccupied with the task that you forget or fail to do your work is another. Time management shouldn’t overwhelm, nor should it overcome your life. Review your schedule, learn new tips and tricks to better manage your calendar, but don’t let it become the only thing you do over the course of a day, week, or a month.

3. Be there for the good times… and the bad.

Are you a fair weather friend when it comes to time? Do you only celebrate your schedule or calendar when you have all the time you asked for or a whopping amount of free time? Life isn’t always about smooth moments; it’s also about the bumpy moments and how you make the most out of those bumpy moments. Be creative, resourceful and ask for help in your time of need. Be grateful for the time you do have available at your disposal, no matter how little time it may seem is available. One thing’s for certain, that time won’t be around tomorrow!

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4. Don’t point fingers.

It’s not healthy to put the blame on time for all the things you know you should have done in a timely fashion, be it running errands, finishing a report or picking up supplies for a party. Pointing fingers and insisting on whose fault it was only takes up the valuable time that you have available to you. It’s fine to be frustrated and annoyed, but let the moment pass and move on.

5. Remember that time will always be there for you.

As I mentioned earlier, Father Time gives you 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week and approximately 700 hours in a month. That’s quite a reliable friend on whom you can count! Why not strive to make the most out of your friend’s generosity? If something in your life doesn’t happen when you want it to happen (no matter how much you try to make it happen) give it time, take a break or take a moment to rest and relax. You can pick up with your work soon enough.

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After reading this article, will you start improving your relationship with Father Time right away?

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Last Updated on October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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