“Until we can manage time,” Peter F. Drucker said, “we can manage nothing else.” This is wise counsel pointing to a life path fraught with missed opportunities, regrets, recriminations, and few accomplishments, if time is not closely managed.
Time cannot be hoarded, saved for future use, traded, or bought. Time is to be used always in the present tense. When time is past, it cannot be recovered, and time in the future is not guaranteed to anyone. So, “this time and this moment” is all that we have, and are certain of, which is why we must use it with resolute optimum care.
How to manage time
Plan how to use time to produce the maximum results. Have you acquired intentional or unintentional delay behavior patterns that need eliminating? The Aesop, “Ant and the Grasshopper” fable skillfully illustrates how the grasshopper intentionally misused the summer months of food gathering for the winter months, while the ant used the time diligently setting aside food in store. The grasshopper learned too late the importance of effective time management, and paid for the folly with his life.
Decide how much time is needed for a task and with firm determination work to accomplish it in the allotted time frame.
Concentrate on the task at hand, and put all your mental and physical abilities into it, and with repeated conscious effort comes dexterous work habits.
Utilize fragmented time spent waiting; in doctor or dentist office waiting rooms, during subway, train, plane or bus rides, which is easy to do with the various tech gadgets available today.
These are just a few time saving ideas to help cultivate successful time management skills that will enable you to work smarter, and get rid of the accompanying stress that results when time is not used judiciously.
Christine Warren wrote a one verse composition that deftly sums up the treasure of time:
Only a Minute
I have only just a minute,
Only sixty seconds in it,
Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it,
But it’s up to me to use it,
Give account if I abuse it,
Answer for it if I lose it,
Just a tiny little minute,
But eternity is in it!