29 June 2021 | 15H48
I’m currently studying a Higher Certificate in Entrepreneurship which contains various outstanding Leadership courses. Thus far, the one that’s awakened my innermost parts has to be our Time Management lecture. We often complain that we “never have enough time” but our lecturer and world-renowned self-mastery speaker, Mr MK Angajan says there is no such. We cannot say we don’t have enough time rather we have to manage what we do with the time given. Time management is key in leading a successful life. Here are fundamental facts about time as listed by Mr Angajan:
– There are 24 hours in a day and that will not change.
– Time Management issues are SELF-MANAGEMENT ISSUES.
– Time is free, but it is priceless.
– You can’t own it, but you can use it.
– You can’t keep it, but you can spend it.
– Once you have lost it, you can never recover it.
I left the lecture with a great deal of inspiration and immediately felt the urge to take charge of my life. Most often, you’ll find me in a rush – be it mom duties, children, school, family, business and everyone who knows me proclaims I’m such a busy woman! My viewpoint is the opposite as I do not own enough acquisition to account for the extreme “busy-ness”. The question is, what am I doing with my time? This thought invades my mind each time I engage in futile activities. You know that feeling when five minutes of Instagram leads to twenty, followed by a quick notification from your network provider stating that your data is about to run out! Guilt soon becomes your reward for the lack of discipline. Mr Angajan went further to map out the number of hours each person has in a week – alluding to the notion that each person has more than enough time (this will shock you):
We all have 168 Hours per week:
40 – Hours work
56 – Hours sleep
7 – Hours personal care
7 – Hours gym
5 – Hours eating
5 – Hours travel
This equals 120 Hours leaving a balance of 48 Hours in a week. This is free time that goes by without most noticing. How then can one say, “I don’t have enough time”
The next question to ask is, where do the 48 Hours in a week go?
Here are six time guzzlers that make us feel like we’re busy when we aren’t:
– Lethargy, laziness.
– Fruitless instant pleasures (Social media, TV, Gossip)
– Worries of the past and anxieties of future
I’ve since embarked on a time management trajectory as I am on a quest to be among the greats of the globe. What manner of success are legends pursuing that is so impossible to achieve? The key lies in time management. This means you have to map out your day to the point where you plan how much time you spend talking to your neighbour. These talks can go on forever but if you have a goal, you must be uncompromising. Not everyone will like the sterner you but if you see exponential results from the minor changes, a few commentaries won’t scathe you.
Mr Angajan reckons breaking down your goals in this manner:
– 5 Year plan
– 1 Year plan
– Monthly plan
– Weekly plan
– Daily plan
– Hourly plan
– Current task
To prove how critical time management is in building a successful life, I’ve got a personal example to share. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been taking my children later than usual to school. In our earlier days, Milisa would jump out the car, hop in the school gate and walk to his class. Once we started arriving late, he became reluctant and would cry often. At his school, once you’re late, you have to use a separate entrance altogether and this interrupted his routine. This bothered me. He became less enthusiastic with his work and his teacher complained that he isn’t completing tasks like his classmates. My son is intelligent and has never battled with his schoolwork but I soon connected the lateness to his productivity in class. Knowing that I was the course of his setback caused me insurmountable agony which was a call for rapid intervention. Since he arrived late, he would miss the day’s instructions and thus play catch-up to the rest of the activities. The disgruntled teacher wouldn’t have the patience to go over all the instructions again and would expect him to complete tasks at the same rate as the others. He then fell behind on his work and would be unable to catch up for the rest of the day – this is how essential time management is.
Let’s step it up and take charge of our time, Yes We Can.
Lots of Love, Phindy xxx