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Being the master of time

How do you feel when you look at your schedule?

When was the last time you said I am busy?

These are interesting questions to ask when you have issues with your time management.

Time is a very valuable resource and we clearly know that it is a limited resource. We also know that we do not define how much time in total we have in life. When we do have something in large or an undefined amounts, we don’t tend focus on efficiently utilising it and we do not recognise or understand its real value. Time is no exception to that. If we would know how much time we have left in life, we would clearly know the value of our time. 

The challenge we have nowadays is that we do not truly realise how valuable our time is. Therefore, we are struggling to fully utilise it. In order overcome that challenge, we need stay present with full awareness and constantly remind our brains that our time is so valuable and limited. 

This is the step 1 of time management. Understanding the value of our time. 

Without knowing it’s value, how can you manage it?

The other area that people are also struggling is that they are overwhelming themselves by constantly overthinking about not having enough time and also believing that they are busy. 

There are 24 hours in one day and it is the same amount of time for everybody else. We build our daily schedule around this 24 hours. We set times for all the activities that we would like to do in this time frame. Whether you fill your schedule with back to back activities or give some break time in between, what will define if you are busy or not, is your perception and your thoughts about your schedule.

I used to believe in being busy when I was working at my corporate job. I was constantly flying from one airport to the other, leading multiple projects simultaneously and having lots of meetings on my agenda. When I was looking at my calendar, I was having thoughts like; “I am working too much” or “How will this meeting come out today?” or “Will I be able to finish the top management report on time?” or “I do not have enough time” or “I should have worked at HR, I would be relaxed”. Having these thoughts were creating frustration and anxiety for me and as a consequence of that I was feeling overwhelmed, hence busy. Looking back now, I realise that I was the one who was creating the feeling of being busy. It was the mind drama. I was forgetting that I had 24 for hours in a day and I can only do as much as I can in that 24 hours. The rest is a story I was telling to myself about my perception of my schedule or time.

There are many ways you can manage your time for your purpose but if you want to be the master of your time you need clarify your mind. The two questions below will help you to do that:

1- What is the value of your time?

2- How can you separate the drama and the facts when it comes to evaluating your time and schedule?

Let me know about your thoughts on this in the comment section below and share this post with people you believe they will benefit from.

Have a great day!

Ferruh Tumer


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