Time Management: Made Easy

Dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of – Benjamin Franklin

As time is of the essence, I’ve made this a short article on time management. How do you use your time? Do you spend it doing the things you love and the things that add value to your life? Or do you sit and wonder where all your time is going?

I once heard somewhere that while there is inequality among people when it comes to money, health and status, time is the one thing we all have a fair and equal share of. For this reason, each person is wholly responsible for how they choose to spend their 24hrs.

Not so long ago, I was made aware of a very simple way of managing time that allows one to experience the joys and fullness of life while achieving the goals and targets set by self. It is very simple but very effective and I’ll share it with you.

The Tip

We all have 24hrs a day, and since most people sleep, work, and have a life, this 24hr period can be easily divided into three 8hr periods that can be used for each of these 3 things.

Sleep

We all need sleep to allow the body to recuperate and gather more energy. It is widely known that the body needs at least 8hrs of sleep to function at its best. So this takes up our first 8hr slot as we rest assured, knowing that we’ll have enough energy to do the things we have to when we get up.

Work

Most people work for a living and most people also work a 9am – 5pm shift (give or take a little). Once again, this fits very nicely with our 8hr slots and we’re now left with just one more 8hr period.

Recreate

Everybody has something that they love doing. Whether it’s doing sport, watching TV, or spending time with friends and family, we all have one thing or another that we enjoy doing when we’re not working. This last 8hr period could be and should be used for such recreational activities. We have rested well, we have worked and earned a living, now it’s time to do all the other things that make life worth living. However, do take into account the time spent in travelling and commuting to and from work as this 8hr period could be cut to 6hrs (give or take a little). Make the best of it.

That’s It!

Now that I’ve shared my simple time management secret with you, I’m sure you will have a much easier time in planning and scheduling all the things that make you say … “Yes! Today was a good day.

Get out there, have fun and be lucky!

By E. Nyoreme Nakpodia

Time Management: Made Easy © 2012 Nyoremes  Books, a subsidiary of Nyoremes Inc. Creative Commons Licence

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    • Tim Rueb
    • July 8th, 2012

    I like the idea of blocking things off. I personally believe that the more granular you become in this, the more benefits you receive.

    I recently started a three part series on what do you do if you have more things to do then time in the day. Reclaim Your Time!

      • Nyoremes
      • July 9th, 2012

      Thanks Tim …

    • Stephanie Bennis
    • July 9th, 2012

    Our days are almost shaped like a pie chart where we can visually see each piece and how our time is spent. It’s so easy to lose whole hours of our day to time wasters and once you can see it all laid out before you it really makes you realize how to reprioritize your day!

      • Nyoremes
      • July 9th, 2012

      I agree … thanks for reading Stephanie 🙂

    • Voke Adeleke
    • July 10th, 2012

    Really cool piece Efe. The more we know and understand how to appropriate our time, the more it works to our advantage. Sometimes we have great dreams of how much time we have to use even when on holiday and before we know it, it’s all gone and nothing accomplished.
    I guess after knowing these three tips of sleep, work and recreate, the question would be HOW do we maximize the recreate time effectively.

      • Nyoremes
      • July 25th, 2012

      Thanks for reading Voke. I guess in order to maximise our recreational time, we need to figure out what is most important to us at certain times and prioritise accordingly. Is it spending more time with family and friends? Or staying fit with sports and exercise? Helping someone out with something? Or simply chilling and relaxing?

      Sometimes, we have other personal projects going on like trying to run a small business or simply trying to finish off a business plan.
      When we realise which things are of the utmost importance, then we can start to prioritise our recreational time more effectively.

      I hope that helps.

  1. July 15th, 2012

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