The power of time
Time dictates everything we do. Even before there were clocks, the events of the day were dictated by the season (an aspect of time) and the amount of available light (also an aspect of time). The concept of 24 hours in a day and 60 minutes in an hour came about in Ancient Egypt and Babylonia. Since the invention of clocks, we are able to keep track of time up to the second.
People seem to have a love-hate relationship with time. If it is working in our favor, we are content. If it seems to be working against us, we get stressed and angry. The reality is, we all have the same amount of time. It may look like some people have more time, but they are working within the parameters of the same 24 hours that we are. They have learned to manage their time well.
Pam has a workshop, called “Make Time Work For You,” where she helps people determine their priorities and get a clear view of how to make the best use of their time. Since we are now well into 2020 and you may be discovering you are in a time crunch, we thought we’d give you a few tips on time…
- No matter what they tell you, you can’t do it all. It’s okay to say no.
- Mornings can be stressful, do as much as you can the night before (pick out clothes, make lunches)
- Plan your dinner menus ahead and grocery shop with a list
- Carpool if that’s an option
- Keep a calendar of appointments
- Make a daily to-do list and keep it where you can see it
Pam was recently working in a classroom that used timers very effectively. “in two minutes, it’s time to clean up.” The timer went off and the students cleaned up without incident.
It is not only children who struggle with transitions. We know plenty of adults that can lose track of time. Pam recently worked with a client who stated she didn’t get much done because she was talking on the phone and lost track of time. It was suggested she set a timer to remind her of how long she had been on the phone. She sent an email saying that using this idea allowed her to accomplish more of her goals in a day. WIN!
You can also use a timer to remind you that you need to start something. We often use the phone “notification” to help keep us on track.
Most of us already have the necessary “tools” to successfully manage our time. Let’s use as many as we need to our advantage!
Until next time.