Time is a non spatial continuum, so what are we focusing on…
We can build a relationship with it by asking some key questions to ensure we are maximising our use of it.
- What did you do with the last hour yesterday?
- How do you feel about it today?
- If you had more of it, what would you do with it?
Think about your answers, most of us waste our last hour of the day and the second question normally challenges everyone. How do I feel about time, do I treasure it, do I have any feelings around it? Start to care about time and have feelings around it, guarantees you will make better decisions if you care. We all wish for more time, however unless you write down some goals that you want to achieve will you know what you are going to do with more time. Goals will be accomplished if they are written down and you will find the time.
We have peaks and troughs throughout the day and if you identify your “Prime” time you can ensure that is the time you get your best work done. It has been proven that there is an hour that is best for you. Protect it and ensure that is the time you get your work done that needs the most concentration.
Dan Pink’s book When looks at the science behind time, he explains that there are three phases throughout the day peak/trough and recovery. Analytical and detailed work is best tackled in the morning at the Peak and then when you hit the Trough you should work on procedural/administrative jobs that require little thought. Late afternoon we hit a creative period where we can brain storm and have some of our best abstract thinking this is late afternoon/evening, known as our Recovery time.
To have a better relationship with time, see it as a skill that you need to work on and a behavioural shift you are making a conscious effort to focus on. Try new planners, to-do lists and see how each new system feels until you hit a ritual or pattern that works for you. Extra time cannot be purchased but greater focus and clarity on what you are doing with it can help you achieve better results.
Here are some key nuggets around time:-
- Identify when is your prime time is during the day
- Devise new working patterns to include breaks
- Write down what you are going to achieve each day
- At the end of the day acknowledge your achievements
- Get your most important task done first thing – don’t over think
- Prioritise your to-do list
- Decide whether a task is important or urgent
- Try new planning tools and techniques
- Create a space for productivity – put your phone out of sight
- Clear your work space – focus on what you need to focus on
- Don’t overwork and waste time “good is good enough”
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