The idea came to me as I was tweaking my grandfather clock, which is one of my prized possessions. The time was a little fast, so I turned the weight on the pendulum to slow time down. Oh, don’t we all wish we could do that? When the chimes go off at the top of the hour, they play a harmonious melody, which is a pleasure to listen to. The little things in life are the big things.
So that leads to the topic of time management. I often come up with acronyms to provide a spark of motivation to start the day. The word is time. What does that mean to you? The first thought that comes to mind is wish. A wish for more time. Don’t we all wish for more? The acronym T.I.M.E., together in motion every day, is fitting for this post.
How can we grab another piece of the time pie? How can we stay hungry to clean our plate and accomplish a little more and to fit a bit more time into our day? On a daily basis, I wish I had a few more minutes in my day to accomplish the outline I set out to maximize for that specific day. How can you make more time in your day? Write down an outline that you would like to follow for that specific day. Try to be organized and realistic. One idea is to stay focused and avoid distractions. As you accomplish the bullet points on your list, check off those subsections as you complete them. This is kind of similar to a food diary. You don’t realize what you eat until you write it down. I did that when I was on Weight Watchers. I was astonished at what I consumed each day, but mostly the snacking. That assisted me in my weight loss journey. You will be amazed, if you write things down, how many minutes in a day can be wasted. What percentage of your day do you spend glancing at your phone to see if you have an e-mail? Leave it upside down. LIUD. Don’t get sidetracked. Always try to stay a little in front of the train.
When I went back to college later in life, not only did I have a new-found zest for learning, I learned to hone in on my time management skills. My first thought was that I was pretty good at setting out to accomplish my goals in a given day. However, when I became laser-focused, the road ahead did not seem so hazy. The fog lifted. Class ended at 11 p.m. I arrived home around midnight and up at 4 a.m. to hit the gym. I never knew that I could accomplish so much and squeeze so much into a day until I had to. What had I done before with those extra minutes?
The key is staying focused and fine-tuning the second hand in your day to make time work to your advantage. Maybe, just maybe, you will get so much more accomplished that you will hear chimes ring more often throughout your day. You can synch with your time management clock. Give it a try. Keep moving forward in a perpetual, enthusiastic motion. T.I.M.E. Remember, together in motion every day. That also reminds me of team. Together, everyone achieves more. Intertwining time management into your day with the goal of taking little bites of the time pie will equate to a win. Time moves forward for a reason. Keep one foot ahead of the other. Strive to fine-tune your time management clock.