“Arre no time yaar!”, “Very busy to exercise”, “No idea where all the time just flies away”, “Need more time to finish the things that I want to” “Wish I had more than 24 hours in a day” and so many more such phrases, conversations often happen at the drop of a hat. All these have become a part of the normal dialogue.
Time waits for none so it makes more sense to get things done as quickly as possible rather than procrastinate. I know it is easier said than done. However, there are ample things you could try out to manage time and multitask. Not that it requires a regimental approach, but it does require some planning.
First of all the accepting the fact that there is enough time to manage all important tasks in the 24 hours, we have. Most of us are working and that means doing something extra from our daily chores, so it becomes pertinent that we value time. Believing that things can happen already gives us the much needed confidence of achieving those things.
Getting bogged down by stress and negativity is easier than standing up, facing the reality and dealing with it. Same goes for managing time. Go ahead and make your task list (as I call it). Whatever time suits you, just try and list down things you have to do on a piece of paper. Every little thing that comes to your mind, should find its way into this time list. Number them in the order of things you detest to the ones you like the most. Pick up the tasks which you detest the most and try doing it first when the mind is fresh and alert. This will enable you to complete it more quickly than you had expected it to finish, leaving you with more time to get to your favourite task.
Allocating break time into the monotonous work routine also helps to managing work and family life better. This will help in giving you the desired adrenaline push to complete your work and also make a quick call to your family, if need be.
Prioritising things is another good way to manage time and avoid timelessness. The constant complain of not finding time to do things you like could be put to an end if you choose to prioritise. Give a couple of hours to that task over the weekend. Pay for the things you like to do and automatically you will start taking time out for it. When the hard earn money is put to use for something you like, finding time to do that thing will follow on its own.
Women are good at multitasking, although it is true but this skill can be learned by anybody. It is a matter of training your mind and body to do two things simultaneously. Practice makes a man perfect. Try doing small things together for some days at stretch and slowly that will become your DNA. This will free up some of your time which you could then allocate to doing your other important tasks in your list.
Try to be around positive people, take one thing at a time and learn to give away. Giving away means literally giving away some of your work to others and gratefully accepting help. Acknowledging the help from others will go a long way in helping you manage your time much better. It is bound to create positivity all around you.
We have come into this world alone and will also leave this world alone. So, is there a point in doing things alone, when we will not be taking anything with us when we die? Will it not make more sense to just share things, which means sharing the work we do, sharing the responsibilities, sharing love with people who are around us? This will enrich them when we are gone, help them in continuing to live without us, make us dispensable thereby making our journey to the life after death easy.
-Susmita Shroff Susmita Shroff is MBA (Finance). She is a homemaker and freelance mentor. She writes for pleasure and is a voracious reader. She is currently pursuing a creative writing course.