What is it, that any human being on earth has got equally distributed?
Knowledge? Food? Space? People? Not in the list? Yes it is 24 Hours of time
that every individual on earth has got equally. It is the proper utilization of
these 24 hours of time that makes a person’s life meaningful.
We often hear people say, “I don’t have time I am
busy”. But are we really busy??
Let’s take a look at how we usually spend our time and
how can we effectively make use of it…
The first and foremost thing that we need to work on
is our health…
Science says, a well grown adult needs at least 7
hours of sleep to keep one self physically and mentally healthy. Do we actually
do that? The answer from many of them would be “no”.
For many of us our day starts only in the night…We
start working busily only during the night hours, so what did we do in the day
time? Thanks to a lot of social networking on Whats app, Face book, Twitter,
Let us consciously work on reducing our time on such
social media and concentrate on work during the day time.
Let’s start practicing our oldest of all Rhymes “Early
to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” A healthy mind can
lead to a healthy body.
The next aspect in focusing on our health is to spend
time on little exercises/workouts, walking, jogging etc. Many of us have this
habit of taking a New Year resolution of regular fitness time, which only works
for the first 3 or 4 days of a year. There are many gym donors!!! too, who
actually pay an annual subscription to the gym and never turn up after a week.
The reason is they claim themselves busy. Again the same reply “I am very
Any practice when done for 21 days continuously
becomes a habit. So let’s make any resolution possible by practicing it for 21
days continuously to make it happen.
The next thing that keeps someone busy is the
We spend a lot of time searching for things we
misplaced. The reason is we are unorganized. Again we are so busy to leave the
things in different places after taking them from one place. Right from socks,
to ID cards to vehicle keys, to spectacles (there have been instances where a
person puts the specs on their head and keeps searching for it), etc. Sometimes
the search list extends to purse, books and important documents too. Next time
when we badly need it we don’t find it. A little effort to keep things
organized and placing it back in the right place would save a lot of time.
There by it would avoid searching time.
The next area where a person can save a lot of time is
by planning things ahead.
Planning helps us save plenty of time. Let’s say a
task normally takes an hour of time, if the same task is done without planning,
it might take an hour and a half or even more. But if we spend 10 minutes to
plan, we can finish the same task in 45 minutes, with a little more time left
for even a review.
Let’s not be too busy to plan ahead to complete a
task. “One, who fails to plan, plans to fail”.
Another important aspect where a person gets stuck is
when he or she cannot prioritize.
If we can
prioritize our tasks we can save a lot of time in doing productive and
important things instead of wasting our time in unnecessary tasks. When it
comes to prioritizing we also need to be assertive enough to say no to people
who are behind us in wasting our time and their time too.
There is one more important area where our time goes,
is because we have a lot of distractions.
I would like to quote a forward that I received on a
social media to better understand how distractions waste our time and we
finally end up doing nothing. It goes like this…
I decided to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in
the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. As I start
toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the
mail box earlier.
I decide to go the mail before I wash the car. I lay
my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can anyway, I may as
well pay the bills first.
I take my cheque book off the table and see that there
is only one cheque left. My extra
cheques are in the study table. So I go inside the house to my desk where I
find the can of coke I had been drinking. I am going to look for my cheques but
first I need to push the Coke aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over.
The coke is getting warm and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it
cold. As I head toward the kitchen with the coke, a vase of flowers on the
counter catches my eye-they need water.
I put the coke on the counter and discover my reading
glasses that I have been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them
back on my desk, but first I am going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back
down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV
remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go
to watch TV, I will be looking for the remote, but I won’t remember it is on
the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs to,
but first I’ll water the flowers. I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a
bit of it spills on the floor. So I set the remote back on the table, get some
towels and wipe up the spill.
Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I
was planning to do.
At the end of the day, the car isn’t washed, the bills
aren’t paid, there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter, the flowers do
not have enough water, there is still only one cheque in my cheque book, I can’t
find my glasses, I can’t find my remote and I do not remember what I did with
my car keys.
Then when I try to figure out why nothing got done
today, I am really baffled because I know I was busy all day and I am really
tired. I realize this is a serious problem and I will try to get some help for
it but first I will check my e-mail.
Let us start thinking are we really busy? Yes we are
really busy getting distracted with n number of tasks. Let us finish what we
started and then move on to the next thing so that we are not too busy to leave
all tasks incomplete or even leave them without starting.
Next important aspect that goes for a toss in our life
because we claim ourselves to be busy is our relationship with people.
When someone asks us why you haven’t called or spoken
for a long time, the immediate response is I am busy these days. Again are we
really busy that we can’t even spend couple of minutes for our near and dear
Let us make it a practice to call or visit friends
regularly or plan to meet up with them so that we maintain a good relationship
with people. While travelling in public transport or anywhere even with family,
we can see 90% of them bent upon to their phones with music or videos. We can
even make use of such travel time to call friends. Instead of a birthday
message in the social media, a personalized call would make the difference.
Again let us not be too busy to maintain relationship.
If we are too busy to talk to people, they will be too busy as well when we
actually need them.
Let us make ourselves free to enjoy the real world
around us instead of claiming to be busy all the time.
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