Stop Wasting Time

“Time is our most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it, and spend it rather than invest it.” – Jim Rohn

Every day has the same amount of time. How people spend that time differs greatly based on commitments and interruptions. Successful people do a better job of managing their time and dealing with the interruptions.

During my freshman year of college, I struggled with the amount of time I had available. I failed to schedule my time so I lost a great deal of sleep writing papers or reading material. I moved home after my freshman year. I spent a year at community college, but I did not return the next year.

By the time I returned to college I had learned to manage my time.

Over the years I have used different tools to manage my time. I had a Franklin Covey Planner for about fifteen years. I used it to schedule my time and tasks I needed to finish. As technology has evolved I have used electronic calendars and reminder to keep me close to my actual schedule.

However, I have found technology can be a double-edged sword. As much as technology helps to manage my time, it also provides ways to waste time. Email, social media, and other apps can be a big time zap.

To limit the drain on my time I schedule email and other technology tasks in small amounts of time. I schedule social media posts, early in the morning, for the whole day. I try to limit email use to certain times of the day. I have turned off alerts and notifications on my laptop, my phone, and my iPad.

When I need to focus on a particular task, I like to use an app–30/30. The app allows the user to input a list of tasks and schedule an amount of time for each task. The user starts the timer and receives notifications when they are getting close to switching a task and when they have scheduled the switch.

My Morning Task List
30/30 Screenshot – Opening Screen

Time can be added or subtracted from each task.

 

 

I have found this app very helpful in keeping me focused and on-time. It reminds me to move through my task list while committing necessary time to each task.

Unexpected occurrences are impossible to plan. However, if I limit my time off-task and understand the tasks I need to complete each day, I am able to  better prepare for those moments when life strikes.

 

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