The Importance Of Time Management For Succeeding In Life
Do you take advantage of your time or do you squander it?
Time management is one of the most important factors that determine your success in life.
If you learn to use your time productively, you will have whatever you want in your life. No goal will ever be unrealistic.
Your chances of failure are reduced significantly, the moment you start taking advantage of your time.
Nevertheless, few people understand the importance of time management.
Most undervalue their time and treat it like rubbish. However, this is something they will pay for later in their lives…
Do you want to pay the price of squandering your time?
The price is too high. It’s the loss of hopes and dreams. It’s misery and resentment.
No man wants to pay a price like that. So, sit down and read carefully, because what you read today might as well change your life completely.
Why Time Management Is One Of The Keystones To Success
There was a long time that I was wondering what the secret of success is.
Everybody will share his own opinion about succeeding in life. No one is absolutely wrong or absolutely right.
Many believe that money, business and career are the most important things for living a blissful life.
Others believe that it’s love – that family is above everything else. Others think the most important is to follow your passion.
None of these beliefs are completely wrong or right.
All these aspects of human life: money, love, friendships, family, career, passion etc. are totally CONNECTED and interdependent.
It took me a lot of time to realize what connects them and makes most of these things a reality.
That’s “time management”.
How you use your time, determines how prosperous your life will be. (Read that again!)
I really can’t stress enough the importance of time management.
You can’t have any of the above if you waste your time in worthless activities. Love, passion, money, friendships are all GONE when you squander your time.
It might not happen instantly, but it will happen.
Want to do a fun experiment?
Think of a poor person you know. Or more than one.
Go and ask that person how he spends his time every day. If he is over 30, ask him how he spent his time when he was young.
98 out of 100 poor people are poor now because they were wasting their time (and probably continue to do so).
Change your mind now, before it’s too late…
Your time is your No1 most valuable asset in the world.
Time never comes back, never forgives and never forgets.
My uncle has told me many years before that: “The way you spend your time determines who you will be in the near future.”
Back then, I wasn’t able to understand the full meaning of this sentence.
I thought he was preaching to me again and ignored him.
“Yes, I know” – I told him.
In my head I was thinking how awesome it would be if I were on a beach with two blonde babies drinking margaritas and having fun.
What girl wants to be with a time-waster?
Women are attracted to masculine, successful, dominant men.
You can’t be any of these if you are a time-waster. It takes proper use of your time to become a successful man.
Fast Forward 6 Years
Now I can see how right my uncle was. (And what a fool I was for not taking time to think about his advice)
Back then, I used to waste my time on things that didn’t have a positive impact in my life.
I neglected my appearance, my health and my finances.
I spent most of my daily time on social media.
My biggest worry was how many likes I would get on Facebook. When I wasn’t on social media – I was either watching TV or playing video games.
There is no way to go back in time and change what you did.
However, sometimes I wish I had started some things earlier. Like this blog or lifting weights.
Unfortunately “time doesn’t forgive and never comes back” as my uncle said. That was a hard taught lesson for me, but I am glad that I realized it early enough in my life.
What matters more is to change your future.
Whining about the opportunities you didn’t take in your past or the mistakes you made won’t make your life better.
So even if you are in your 30’s, 40’s and beyond, you can still make positive changes in your life.
It’s never too late.
You either do that, or keep living your life in misery without a chance of living the life you truly want.
This Insightful Story Shows A Lot About The Importance Of Time Management
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life:
A fight is going on inside me, he said to the boy. It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority and lies.
The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: Which wolf will win?
The old Cherokee simply replied, The one you feed.
If you want to waste your time watching television or any other non beneficial nonsense you can do it.
But if you want to BE SOMEBODY, if you want to succeed in life, you have to spend your time wisely.
You have to feed the right wolf!
Be extremely careful about how you spend your time.
If you squander it, you will regret it one day.
Regrets and remorse will flood your soul, about what you could have done in your past but you didn’t.
Now that we made clear how important your time is, let’s see how you can manage it more effectively!
3 Easy & Practical Changes To Make Today To Make Better Use Of Your Time
When you have only 24 hours a day you need to know how to use these hours to get what you want.
People tend to say that they don’t have enough time, yet most of those who say that are just squandering the time they have.
Listen buddy, we all have 24 hours a day.
If you don’t have time, then you are probably wasting it somewhere.
Start making better use of your time. Today.
Here is how:
1. Spend at Least Half Of Your Time in Activities That Help You Grow
Whatever doesn’t have a positive impact in your life is a BIG, huge, massive waste of time.
Things like TV, video games and watching porn can be fun, but don’t offer you anything in return except worthless instant pleasure.
It’s scientifically proven that those who sacrifice instant pleasure are the ones who become the most successful.
It is easy to spend your time on meaningless stuff.
Everyone can sit down and fall into the temptation of watching TV for hours.
The real power lies in delaying instant gratification.
Only if you delay instant gratification you will be able to live in a way that no one else can.
2. Stop Answering The Damned Phone Every 10 Minutes
When you receive and answer calls all the time you are interrupted from your work.
Hearing your phone ringing can completely destroy your productivity.
When you answer your phone – you lose your concentration and momentum.
Solution. Put your phone into silent mode.
Flip the screen upside down so you can’t even see if someone calls you.
You don’t need to give people your immediate attention, unless it’s absolutely crucial.
Most people are time-wasters and don’t value their time.
They will try to waste yours. Intentionally or unintentionally. It doesn’t matter.
Don’t let anyone waste your time because what actually happens is that you let them waste your LIFE.
Schedule a specific time to answer your calls AFTER you have finished your most important tasks for the day.
Also, when you answer the phone try to end the conversation as soon as possible. This will also save you valuable time from time-wasters.
You might think that 1-2 minutes are not so much. But what if you had 24 hours left alive? In this case, these 2 extra minutes would be worth millions for you.
Stop taking things for granted – especially your time.
It’s not infinite and that’s why you should start valuing it much more!
3. Make a Plan In Advance
When you wake up, take 10 minutes to schedule your day.
This will help you get more things done throughout the day. You will also find it easier to focus on your important tasks.
When you know what you have to do during your day, it’s not so easy to get distracted and spend your time on useless stuff.
You should have a schedule. (Yes, just like school. Who said that was bad? Oh, yes – I know who said that! Losers said that.)
I am not talking about a to-do list. Sometimes to-do lists aren’t practical.
Instead, you could use an appointment book. Organize the most important tasks and split your day to several blocks of time when you will have to do certain tasks.
Schedule the beginning and the end of each task.
Always stick to these appointments. You should see it like a business that brings you money.
Personal development is a business, it’s not a video game where you can be careless.
For instance, my appointments for most days look like this
8 AM: Get up, drink 2 glasses of water and get dressed. I stretch my muscles and meditate for 5-10 minutes and then make a warm coffee.
8.30 AM – 11.30 AM: Reading books and taking notes. I am currently reading Money Master The Game: 7 Simple Steps To Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins.
During this whole time I have my phone in silence mode and I don’t let anything disturb me.
11.30 AM – 2.00 PM: I am working on my most important tasks because I am still creative and have lots of energy. During this time I am mostly writing articles for D&C.
2.00 PM- 3.30 PM: Gym time. This time includes going to the gym and returning back home. This takes about 20 minutes. My workout doesn’t last longer than 1.15 hour.
When I am walking towards the gym or back home, I am listening to audio books or podcasts.
I try to take advantage every second of my time in the most productive way possible.
3.30 PM – 5.00 PM: Time for food and some relaxation. I like preparing my food while listening to podcasts.
When the food is ready I watch a movie on my laptop while I am eating.
Eating time is a period of time that goes lost without reason. Working when you eat is not possible.
That’s why I give myself some time of controlled instant gratification.
But that’s all, after that point – no TV is allowed.
5.00 PM – 8.00 PM: Work, work, work. Or dance, dance, dance.
8.00 PM – 10.00 PM: Free time to spend with my friends, family or girlfriend.
10.00 – 12.00 PM: I eat dinner and read a book again. Then I go to sleep.
I would really encourage you to use your own appointment book and schedule all your activities. This is an amazing way to get tons of work done while still being social and having time to relax or be with your loved ones.
As soon as you realize the importance of time management you will be able to do more things while using the same amount of time.
We all have 24 hours per day, but the way we use them depends on ourselves.
PS: What’s the worst way you have been wasting your time? How are you going to fix this?
Let me know in the comments and then SHARE this post with your friends on social media to help them manage their time better!