“If I just had more time, I could do so much.” There is just not enough time in the day to go to the gym, go to work, and make sure my kids are settled in.” These are the things that I hear people say to me all the time and I just don’t feel bad anymore. People are tricking themselves into believing that they are massively busy, when in reality, they spend massive amounts of time scrolling through social media to see what the people they hate are up to, and more time watching television.
I’m not raining on any parades intentionally, but most people’s time management skills are very poor. I understand that watching television allows us to escape from the world so I get it from that standpoint. Believe me, when my Miami Dolphins are playing, my mind is on nothing except the game! I get it! When you watch television for more than 4 hours a day, please don’t complain about the time that you don’t have! When you sit on the toilet scrolling through social media for an hour and a half, don’t complain that you don’t have time!
According to the Medium, “Roughly 45% of the world’s population use social media, with an average of 2 hours and 23 minutes spent per day on social media“. For television, there were statistics across multiple sites that said, most people spent anywhere from 4-7 hours watching television. That is 28-50 hours a week, spent escaping from your life! This is why creating a life that you love is super important. “Okay, I get it! How do I fix it?”.
It is not going to be easy, but you will see how much your life changes with a few adjustments to time management. These steps will help you gain back time:
1. Set goals
The quickest way to fail is to not understand where you’re going. For the sake of time management, if you Don’t set daily goals, you don’t have any clear direction of what to do! You’re just the kid with the blindfold, swinging at the piñata.
2. Set a time limit/Priorities
If you do not hold yourself accountable in getting things done in a timely fashion you will not do it because you feel like you can do it at anytime. Get the things atop the priority list done first; then, you can move on to your other goals.
3. Take breaks
Your mind needs to rest just like your body. I always say, I am patiently going 100mph. Sometimes I get mentally fatigued, and that is when I take a break. Don’t fool yourself into numerous breaks, the breaks are only in between your daily goals when you can allow your body to get on the same page.
4. Awareness of TV/Social media use
I will say this loud and clear so that the people in the back of the room can here it. Do not, under any circumstance, sit on the toilet and scroll through social media. What I start doing while on the toilet is listening to podcast or watching videos on how to be a better person, or how to be better in my career. Now there is no time wasted. Instead of watching television for hours; do yoga or meditate. Reading a book is also a valuable use of your time.
5. Be present
This is the most important time management skill. Being present allows you to focus on the task that you are focused on in the present moment. Go through your day putting one foot in front of the other. Many people feel that they have so many things to do that their focus is on past or future and so they can’t put the correct energy into what they are doing in that present moment! Give all of your focus to the task at hand; your energy goes where your focus goes!
These are five simple skills that can help you manage your time more effectively. Outside of work and family life, most people are wasting over 21 hours a week on television and social media alone. We all have hectic lives, but how we deal with management of our hectic lives will ultimately determine how successful we will be in life as a whole!