"The key is in not spending time, but in investing it." - Covey
Sep 13, 2020
To-do lists help us to keep track and manage our focus. But equally important is a no-to-do list. It is a way to identify useless tasks, inefficient processes, bad habits, and time-consuming products, then making a point to avoid them.
Generally, your not-to-do list contains anything emotionally draining, out of your control, bad for your health or relationships, or has little value.
Our real problem is not the lack of time, but a lack of direction, as we all have the same number of hours in a day. We think we need more willpower or motivation, but the truth is that we only need direction.
If we start everything at once, trying to take care of our finances, health, diet and learning at the same time, we are bound to crash. That’s a lot of time wasted.
Overworking is defined as indulging in work activities beyond your physical and mental capacity by increasing the workload and number of hours. It usually happens when the organizational structure is gamed to promote deadline-oriented work without providing adequate human resources.
Organizations ensure that the workers provide them with the required output at every cost, giving efficiency and project completion top-priority.
You overestimate your skills and underestimate the challenge. Your goals may be too small, or you didn't break the big goals into daily tasks.
What you find yourself doing: You don't write a deadline on your calendar, but promise to start tomorrow. You may even tell everyone how easy it is or what you plan to do.
Solution: Commit to a deadline, or make it a challenge to get done as much as possible.
Time is of the essence and it is one that does not wait for anyone. Therefore it is our job to make sure that we spend our time wisely.
When we don't prioritize our lives and what's important to us, we won't go anywhere and we won't be able to reach our goals. Our priorities in life should be aligned with our values and our personal goals within the next decade.
We often walk a fine line between feeling challenged with the tasks we set and feeling overwhelmed by them.
Living in a constant state of busyness as a badge of honour can cause stress and damage our health and relationships. And when stress is self-made, it is less likely to disappear.
It drains us out of our energy to the point where we're never fully present, fully alive in the moment.
And this could have negative consequences on many level of our lives: our relationships start to lack energy and connection and we sap the joy out of our lives.
Most people want more done during the course of the day, feeling productive if they have checked more boxes out of their to-do list. Time management has been a fad for a long time, equating productivity with the number of hours spent working.
The way we approach time management is proving to be a vicious circle of wasting time managing time, turning it into a problem rather than a solution towards productivity.
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