Time is our most valuable and precious asset. It’s one thing we can never get back, and although we can’t change our past, we do have the power to change our present and influence our future.
- Don’t spend time with people who don’t uplift, encourage or make you happy. It’s fine to be around those kinds of people for short periods of time, but if you spend extended amounts of time with people who make you feel drained, it will affect your wellbeing negatively.
- Be selective about who you invite into your life. When meeting a new person, don’t just think ‘Do they like me?’ but consider if you like them. It can sound judgemental, but you have your own life to lead and the people you spend the most time with are the people who have the most influence on you. Don’t just become friends with someone for the wrong reasons.
- If you feel like you’re spending your time unproductively, try a week ,or two if possible, where you write down everything you did that day. It can help you gain perspective on where you are spending the majority of your time. You may have certain values which you would like to uphold, but discover that you are actually spending a large portion of your limited free time on an activity that doesn’t serve you or which isn’t in alignment with your values and goals.
- Take time to reflect on what it is which you would like to focus on. We only have the ability to focus on a few things at a time, so be selective. Choose a mission. For example, mine is to promote fitness health and wellbeing and raise awareness of social issues. If you are finding it hard to do this, you can ask friends and family what they think your mission is. Sometimes discussing it with another can get you out of your own head and offer some much needed perspective and inspiration.
Do you have any tips for improving your time management this year? Please share in the comments below.