How To Save 1 Hour Every Day

 

How To Save 1 Hour Every Day

“Time is the wisest counselor of all.”

~Pericles

 

     Once upon a time, there resided upon a mountain summit a poverty-stricken man with but his seven-year-old daughter and a chamber he could call a dwelling. Every morning, the man would plod away at the milk manufactory and, soon enough, return home with a patched bag full of pennies.

 

     One day, the village’s chief arrived at the man’s chamber and ever so gently knocked on his door. Struck, the man got to his feet and greeted his overlord with a bow of reverence. “Today,” the village chief stated, “you shall be blessed with a treasure no man in this village ever attained.” He continued, “The treasure I speak of is on this mountain your dwelling is on. All you must do is find it.”

 

     Stupefied, the man raced down the hill and instantaneously initiated his hunt for the fortune. He spent hours looking for it, yet he found no trace. Thus, he spent the forthcoming weeks devising a plan and better managing his time.

 

     A month later, the village chief returned to the man’s chamber, shocked to find him infuriated and enraged. “How could you?” the man said, “I’ve just wasted an entire month looking for a treasure that doesn’t even exist! You lied to me!”

 

     Then, there pervaded out the blue an unexpectedly daunting chuckle. The chief, with a countenance of merriment, chortled as he said, “My dear man, you have already found the treasure. The lessons of time management and life planning are what will deliberate you from your agony. Use the techniques you have assimilated in the milk manufactory, avoid squandering that precious element we call time, and warrant the most optimal future for your your daughter.”

 

     The utility of time management is, and has always been, the key towards the attainment of one’s goals. Without that element, one can never procure the goals and desires one seeks. As teenagers, that factor is often neglected and overlooked as but a waste of time per se. Ironically, however, to sow a minimal aggregate of time management lessons reaps much greater benefits than you’d expect.

 

So, what is the secret behind time management?

 

The Process

 

 

  1. Document Your  Entire Day: From First Light Till Starry Night

 

 

     By following this simple technique for a week or two, you could easily obtain an overview of your days. Critical it is, however, that you strictly record all the actions you undertake throughout your day, from the 10 minutes you spend fixing your hair to the hours you spend scrolling through Facebook. Only then can your overview be accurate.

 

  1.  Identify Distractions and Eliminate Them

 

     Once you’ve obtained an outline of your daily schedule, pinpoint those acts that appear distracting or unavailing. With but a few hours after school to finish all your studying, it is a necessity that you eradicate those acts. Be ruthless. Your bus driver could withstand 10 minutes without your morning salutations. Your best friend could tolerate an afternoon not complaining about his life. This brings us to the third step…

     

  1. Prioritize 

     The degrees of importance by which you classify your actions is critical to the productivity you seek to reap. For
instance, take the hypothetical life of John. John has a set of activities he must fulfill. Compare the two schedules and decide which is more favourable.

 

John’s Daily Schedule


John’s Daily Schedule (Enhanced)


Lunch Lunch
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Dinner Dinner
Shower Shower
Leisure Leisure

 

 

  1. Multitask

This method is frankly one of my favorites when it comes to time management due to its efficacy and power. However, its usage is restricted to specific insignificant acts. For instance, you could simultaneously iron and call your friend, eat and watch a biology documentary, and so forth. When it comes to prioritized undertakings, however, this strategy must not be used, for it does not utilize one’s total mental concentration. In other words, never multitask while studying.

  1. Learn To Say No

Saying no to something means you are saying yes to other things that you really want to do instead.”

~ Chrissy Halton

     It is critical for you to realize that your own priorities must be set above others’. Though some may regard you as selfish, they’d understand your situation if you sorted things out, People who place their own priorities above yours have no right to be mad if you do the same.

     All in all, the abstract approach named time management is one of the chief methods used for productivity and success. Its utilization comes in sequential steps including documentation, elimination, prioritization, multitasking, and, finally, saying no.

Take this short examination to see whether you have understood the concept:


 

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