Life is what makes us busy little ants. Twenty-four hours in a day seems to short in comparison to all the things in our daily lives that gets snuffed out by time. We work about eight hours a day, take care of our families within the confinements of whatever time we have left. Not to mention, some of us have to cook, clean, and manage the day-to-day responsibilities that require “our time."
If I could break down my day, it would look a little something like this: 6-7 am- wake up, shower, eat and prepare for day; 8-10 am work on content on freelance magazine job; 10:20 – 11:35 am go to modern drama class; 12:00 pm have lunch; 1:30-5:00 work for social media content at job; 5:00-9:20 pm tutor students taking developmental English courses; 9:30-11:30 pm work on content on freelance magazine job again for deadlines.
If I were to look at my time, where is “my time”? I’m scratching my head here. I haven’t done anything that would require time for me. Let alone, have the time to really unwind for the day to enjoy my favorite TV show or read a good book or even study for my class, which is probably the most important.
In an article by Joe Matthews, Don Debolt and Deb Percival, "10 Time Management Tips That Work," they say that in order to understand time management, you have to get a sense of what time means. There are two types of clocks in the world: clock time and real-time.
We can't run our day-to-day life on clock time because you'll always run out of time. Instead, they suggest to break down your time into three categories: thoughts, conversation and actions.
One way to do this is to become a master of your own time. This can be achieved by keeping a schedule to record all your thoughts, conversations and actions by prioritizing each order of importance. Create block time by taking 30 minutes of every day to plan your day. Your scheduled time is the most important time you have. When working on projects putting a "Do Not Disturb" sign to keep distractions at bay can help you accomplish task in a timely fashion.
By putting 20 percent of your thoughts, conversation and actions into production, you'll achieve 80 percent of your result.