How to Better Manage Your Time (PART II)

10/30/2018

One of the most commonalities between individuals in society today is busyness. Everyone is ALWAYS busy. We have school, work, homework, businesses, side hustles, families, and other activities that can sometimes seem like too much to bear. But there are ways to overcome this exhaustion of time. If you read the first part of this series, then you will know that time can better be managed with a planner and self-accountability. This article will cover external factors that limit our time. I will share my tips with you below.

Learn to Make Sacrifices

If you want to complete all of your tasks, sometimes you will have to make sacrifices. You may have to skip that party to write your paper due on Monday. You may have to stay up a little later than normal to study for your exam. Whatever the case may be, you will probably have to sacrifice something at one point or another. This is called being mature and taking self-responsibility. It is completely acceptable to give up festivities for a jump in your career and/or your personal growth.

Be weary of Your Circle

Unfortunately, the people we love the most can sometimes be the ones who are holding us back the most, especially friends and family. Have you ever tried to complete a task but your friend called you and wanted to vent about their breakup, so now you were not able to finish your work? I'm sure we have all experienced this. There are times when you will have to re-evaluate who you are surrounding yourself with. The cliche phrase, "birds of a feather flock together" is true because you will eventually start picking up habits your friends have. And those are usually bad habits. So, just be careful who you associate with and keep in mind that real friends want to SUPPORT you, and they would never distract you from your goals.

Learn to love what you are doing

This may not be applicable in all situations, but you get the general idea. Having so much to do is overwhelming and it can be stressful, but when you love what you are working for, it is much easier to get it done. For example, if you love writing, then it will be easier to finish writing that book you always been wanting to write. When you are working for your purpose in life and doing things because they intrinsically motivate you, it is easier to accomplish them, and you may even want to go above and beyond!

STOP MAKING EXCUSES!

Ahh, my favorite point! There are many people in this world who blame others for their life outcomes, but in reality, YOU are in control of your life. So instead of sitting around and pondering about what you have to do, just do it! Stop blaming your coworkers, professors, and friends for your work not getting done. Ultimately, it is your fault, so take responsibility for your actions. One of the easiest ways to be complacent in life is to blame everyone else. These are the people who remain stuck and never climb to the top, because nothing is their fault. Learn to stop making excuses and watch how better your life will be, and watch you get more done.

Time management is not always easy, but there are ways it can be done. It starts with getting a grip on your priorities and taking control of your success. Making sacrifices, being passionate, and leaving excuses behind are the biggest influences on effective time management. I challenge you to try these steps, and keep track of your progress. I guarantee that you will get more done. Good luck!