I dare say, if you have got no time you have got no will, a truth that I discovered recently.
Most times, the maddened rush of life can be quite overwhelming; there is always so much to do and so little time. “How I wish I could have more hours in the day”, “Oh, I’m stressed out, I have many things to do and have no time”, are but just a few of the exasperations that we hear too often. The issue of lack of time is all too familiar to us.
Having been on countless number of time management courses, read oodles of books and articles on how best to manage my time and of course, fallen into the trap of buying any and any gadget or app that purports to managing my time better, I was still not on top of my game. It felt like the more I tried the more I got stressed, the more I got stressed, the more I struggled with time management, it was like a vicious circle, and it felt like I was fighting a losing battle. However, I began to realize that this was a battle that many people were constantly engaged in and so when I discovered the secret to putting order into one’s life, I thought I share it with you all, hoping that you share it with your loved ones too.
Apparently, in spite of all the hullabaloo about planning being the key to effective time management, I discovered that the crux of managing your time well really lies with your WILL, that’s right your WILL. It is one thing having an effective plan but another keeping to it and therein lies the problem for most people. A well-trained will is so crucial to putting order into one’s life because it ensures that you start your scheduled tasks/activities at the appointed time and stop immediately after the allocated time has elapsed, even if you have not finished. This helps avoid over-runs into another task/activity which could further disrupt your entire plan for the day. In addition, a well-trained will helps you avoid interrupting your planned activity with unplanned ones such as checking emails, facebook, bbm, blogs, etc. With a well-trained will you are more likely to be efficient at planning your time, by scheduling the right amount of tasks or activities in any one day, week, month or year, and, by ensuring that you give priority to activities that are not only urgent but also to those that are important.
There is a general notion that the best way to train the will is in big or important situations such as preparing for an exam, trying to lose weight, maintaining a fitness regime or running the marathon, however this does not have to be the case as some of the best and effective ways to train the will is in the little things of everyday. Little repetitive acts help to strengthen the will, for example waking up promptly once the alarm goes off and not snoozing. (Arrrghh! So hard!). Yet, most times when you win this first battle, other battles during the day becomes easier to combat. More examples of areas in which you could train your will include, controlling your curious ears by avoiding listening to juicy office gossips, waiting for a minute or two before taking the first sip of your nice warm cup of coffee, not clicking on the link to that celebrity news that pops up on your computer screen every now and then, hanging your coat up nicely immediately you get home rather than leaving it on the sofa for some time. These are but a few little everyday occurrences, which at first may seem insignificant but are great at strengthening the will. Training the will is a work of a life time, and just as with most things, the more you do it the better you become at it. So don’t delay you can start now. With a well-trained will, you will see that is much easy to manage your time effectively and accomplish most, if not all, of the tasks on your ‘To-Do-List’.
Take care and remain busy, trendy and happy.
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