“Remember that money can come as quickly as it goes, but time, once it is gone, never comes back.”
I have lost it, saved up, run out, invested … What do we do with it? One thing is for sure, time is unique, equitable and non-transferable.
As such, where do we decide to invest this valuable time?
There are times that we have the feeling of not having enough, but,actually, we do have all the time in the world.
We can complain about how and what it is used for, but never can complain about not having it.
With respect to this last point, I would like to highlight the fact that nowadays, there are resources that can help us to manage our time in better ways.
Therefore, they might help us within our personal life.
Today, on this first blog, I am going to focus on our habits (which could include the use of technology) for dealing with our time management.
Recently, I have read about the 2 minutes rule, reflected on the book about productivity of David Allen, “Getting things done”.
The rule consists in the following: if you can do something in less than 2 minutes, do not doubt and do it.
And if it is not possible to do it in less than 2 minutes, then, add it up to the outstanding tasks list (obviously, we need to have this list)
It is important to keep this list easy and simple, so it will be more likely for us to use it.
Technology: our friend
Technology can be a great ally helping us to manage our time. Nowadays, there are different apps in the virtual market that ease this task.
I know that still there are many people unfamiliar with this topic.
However, you would be surprised of how easy and fast is to learn the use of certain virtual tools that would help us effectively.
To start with, we should ask ourselves if we are ready to make little changes in our daily routines, for example:
“Can I have that meeting on-line? That training course, is it possible to have it done through the web? Can I meet that client from my house in the mountain? “
The “old way” of meeting up face to face, is irreplaceable, facial expressions, body language, tone of voice, all of this info remains in our unconscious… However, face to face meetings, are expensive. Furthermore, you have to book your agenda, travelling to a common space, etc.
All that time investment means that those kind of meetings tend to be more than 30 min.: working breakfast, one hour lunches, several hours’ dinners… and so on.
So after getting to know someone on a face to face meeting and/ or webinar you could see if it is possible to start managing the correspondence with remote tools such as email, instant messages… whatever it suits you.
Therefore, we should ask ourselves if… do we need that meeting or can I manage it with few emails? Maybe, in many cases this would be the last option, leaving us time, space and effort for whatever we fancy doing…
These are some ideas that I have enjoyed sharing with you.
Summing up: The more conscious we are of how we manage and let others manage our time, the more time will be in our hands.
Giving us more control over our life and being able to decide how we live it.