I am no hero in time management, nor do I pretend to be. It is only this year that I am succesfully-ish managing to not overstuff my day. I am a writer, in my world time is nothing more than a relative concept. How true that might be, even I only have 24 hours in a day, which is a fact I cannot get around even do I have tried. Believe me, I have tried. Seeing that my time management skills are still on ‘’ish’’ I had to find different ways to manage my time properly. Surprisingly I found it in quitting. Who would have thought that to improve my time management all I had to do was quit trying.
I can just feel your eyebrows joining your hairline. It doesn’t make sense at all does it? I know, I am completely aware of that. Well I found that in this life very few things make sense yet everything runs smoothly. Back to the quitting. There are three types of quitting you can do to improve your time management;
- Actually quitting
- Quitting and Replanning
- Quit your way of doing it.
Everything in the previous sentences bulldozes over everything I have been preaching for the past year now, but as I always say bear with me while I explain it. Here we go.
1. Actually quitting
Some activities are just asking to be walked away from. You and I both know what kind, even though they are different for every person. Different activities, still the same feeling. You feel drained, it’s sucking the life out of you and you keep asking the same question: ‘’This is good for what exactly?’’. That is the main question here. ‘’What function does it serve?’’ if the answer is next to nothing, may I suggest quitting? I bet that once you do, you feel lighter and have more time to dedicate to things that actually matter! Remember it is not because you have always done it that you still have to do it. Your time is not infinite, all the more reason to improve your time management skills.
2. Quitting and Replanning
Technically this isn’t really quitting. It is more like walking away for a while to return at a better time. Why, you ask? Because no progress was being made. Let me give you an example. I am a student and sometimes when I am studying I have the books in front of me, I am reading the pages but at a pace that a turtle will turn the page before I do. If I choose to continue set task it will probably take me twice or trice as long than if I go find something my mind can bear to focus on. Now I know this goes against motivating guru’s who tell you to stick with it, and when you don’t feel like doing it is exactly when you should be doing it.
I personally think these people have not realized how precious time really is. Even though they do preach about improving your time management. By leaving the task I get time to clear my mind and time to do something else, which is a time win. If I were to sit on the task all day, I risk not getting anything done at all. All I do recommend is getting back to the postponed task on the same day, else you have to adjust all your other plans which will take up a lot of time again, which is counterproductive, that is if you make planners at all.
I highly recommend making a planning! Click here to find out more things you can do to make your life generally easier. Really help yourself!
3. Quit your way of doing it
We all have a certain way to do certain things. Such as putting your left shoe on before the right or carrying your purse on the left side. It is a comfortable routine, however there might be more than one way of doing things. I can only properly explain this with an example.
When I started writing for My Story Of I I tried doing my writings on the computer, for all obvious reasons. Writing then usually takes significantly longer than when I do it with pen and paper. I know this because when I am abroad I write with pen and paper and I can put down a post in half the time it takes with the computer. It may not seem efficient but it is to me, because I am gettting things on paper and typing something over takes less time than writing a complete new post. Get what I am saying? I am still getting the same result, I just get there in a different way. A way that works better for me. Instead of standing still and using what seems to be the most efficient and practical way, I am using a way that not seems but is, to me at least, the best way of doing things.
I hope this helps you the way it is helping me.
Quitting is right when it is the right kind of quitting.