If we all take a step back and really look at how we spend our time, many of us will find we are wasting a lot of it. Many of us take time away from important tasks and allocate it to things that are less important, distracting and entirely ineffective. It is time to stop wasting time and start owning it. Especially if you want to spend more quality time with the people you love.
Many people preach productivity, but productivity as a whole doesn’t mean that you are getting the right things done. In fact, if just means you completed many tasks. Remember though, quality over quantity and the amount you complete is not what matters. Effectiveness is what is important.
Effectiveness refers to getting the right things done. The important tasks that must be completed in order to earn money, do your job well and live a meaningful life, are what being effective is all about.
While it is easy to waste time, you can not get that time back, so it is important to start owning it.
How to Start Owning Your Time
Take Care Of Yourself
In order to love and care for others, we have to love and care for ourselves. If you want to own your time, you need to dedicate at least some of it to yourself. This can be simply carving out some time to workout, go for a walk, or read a book. It doesn’t have to be complicated but it is important.
Don’t Fear Failure
Everyone makes mistakes. In fact, they are an important part of growth. Don’t hold yourself back because you fear failure, instead jump in headfirst and own your time.
Create a Schedule
If you want to stop wasting time and start owning it, you need to create a schedule and follow it. Do not allow yourself to get distracted by random tasks. Stick to the schedule, do what was laid out for you and only that. This will allow you to schedule time for yourself and your family, effectively using your time.
Get Rid of Distractions
When you want to focus on something and get it done to your fullest potential, get rid of distractions. This means putting away your phone, turning off the TV and finding an area that allows you to truly focus. Do not get derailed by both external and internal distractions.
Stop wasting time and start owning it. After all, you want to have as much time as possible to spend doing the truly important things and not waste a moment on things that do not matter. Remember, put yourself first, don’t fear failure, create a schedule and get rid of distractions. In no time, you will be more effective in everything you do.