31 October 2014

Time Management

What are your plans at the end of a long schooling or working day? How about the weekends? As we continue to age and become a much more senior member of the society than the day before, more responsibilities are being piled up onto our shoulders, demanding for more time out of our already busy and tight schedules.

Photo: figma Nyaruko staring in awe at the imaginary watch on her wrist.

What is 'Time' and how much of it do we have?

Time is the fourth dimension and a measure in which events can be ordered from the past through the present into the future, and also the measure of durations of events and the intervals between them. - Wikipedia

Every human being living on planet Earth has 24 hours a day regardless of who we are or what kind of role we play in society. That sounds like a lot of time available for folks with a carefree life but very little for folks with tightly packed schedules.

While I was still a young school-going chap, I can always accept invitations and requests from comrades to have fun together at the nearby playground and enjoy some ice cream at the nearby convenience store without needing to think twice about whether I will be shaving away precious time left to meet important deadlines.

Time is one of the most limited and precious resources that we have on our hands before we become too old to get anything done in life. Once it is gone, we can never get it back no matter how badly we want it back. The 'Time Machine' has yet to be invented so this possibility has to be ruled out until then.

Do not Countdown the Time but make every Time Count

If you are currently at the bus stop or train station and there is still about 5 minutes until the next ride comes along, what would you do during this time? As we are currently living in the era of smart devices and connectivity to the internet, information is available right at our fingertips.

It will be much more beneficial for us to read some news or self-help articles on the internet and become a much better person than just a few moments ago instead of trying too hard to "kill time" by fooling around on social media networks or playing some games to beat that new high score achieved by some folks that do not bring any real benefits to the well-being of your life.

Maximise Your Time Through Planning & Scheduling

Breakdown: Typical Working Day

Time Available per Working Day = 24 hours
Less: Sleep      - 8 hours (8)
Less: Healthcare - 4 hours (12)
Less: Travel     - 2 hours (14)
Less: Work       - 8 hours (22)
Time Remaining per Working Day = 2 hours

Life on a Typical Working Day

The healthy guideline is to have between 7 - 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep to maintain a healthy state of mind and body.
Healthcare refers to health-related activities such as meals, dressing, grooming, toilet breaks, and washing up.
Traveling to work requires time regardless of whether you walk, cycle, drive, fly, sail, or roll (like a barrel).
While you are hard at work, all your base (time) are belong to us (employer).

Cherishing That Last Few Remaining Hours

At the end of a typical working day, we are left with a little bit more or less than 2 hours.
How should we make the most out of this finite and precious resource?

We can choose to waste that time away by watching a show, playing a game, or catching up on social media updates.
We can also choose to be productive by sweating it out with physical training or learning a new recipe for Valentine's Day.

Plan to Pursue Your Passion and Fulfill Your Dreams

When it comes to planning and scheduling tasks for these few remaining hours, always keep in mind that no one lives forever and we will all be gone from this world when our time is up. Ask yourself, what do you want to be and where do you want to reach at the end of the journey through life?

If you want to be somewhere better, higher, or just something different from the kind of life you are currently living, plan to make a long-term difference instead of short-term satisfactions such as entertainment or relaxation activities.

Take control of your life and make good use of the remaining time to design and build that dream world!

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