Is Time Managing Me or Am I Managing Time?

Tick-tick-tick.

“All I ever need is more time,” said the sleep deprived, part time worker, full time schooler, future NPC competitor. (I know I probably forgot something else…)

Let’s take a flashback to about six months ago. Time wasn’t just of the essence it was something I had a lot of on my hands.

I poured my heart, soul, and sweat into this little blog and my beloved fitness community pals.

My routine involved approximately 4 hours per day of the cyberworld.

And now??

If you shouted from the highest rooftop in this small town, you wouldn’t receive a response from me. Why?

Because of several things I’ve already listed/complained about…

school/building a business/clients/gas money/part time work 50 miles away/apartment hunting/NPC training/being a significant other/eating clean/remembering to sleep

The above list makes my head ache and my heart also beat with anticipation simultaneously. I feel like I’m one of those people who can finally use the tool-ishly trite quote, “I have one speed. GO.” and actually have the proof to back it all up.

There is a point to this blog post that will help me, you, and hopefully all of those “got it wrong…again” meteorologists. (All my Northeast peeps know what I’m talkin about!)

The Manage Your Time, Don’t Let It Manage You List

1. Fail to plan, plan to fail. This one leaves me flat on my face every time. I have realized as much as I hate planning and writing every bit of task down, it just has to be done. Invest in a bright notebook to keep track or download an app to help you.

2. Be here now. I know for all of you look to the futurers this may seem impossible, but in all honesty, it helps. Focus on each day as it comes. I suggest having a separate sheet of paper where you can brainstorm more long-term goals and break them down into 1, 3, or 6 months. (Thanks Integrative Nutrition for the simple, yet easy to incorporate knowledge on this one!)

3. If you need a breather, take a breather. Life was not meant for humans to act like race cars on the Autobahn. If you honestly are having a hard time with your schedule, by all means listen to the universe and your mind and play hooky for the day, week, month, or year! Y.O.L.O.

Precisely.

4. Learn when to say “no” and how to say “no. This is a toughie for my type A personality to interpret. On is in my vocabulary, but no? It’s just not. However, there is a time and a place for no to exist, so if a chatty cathy or pushy Mary Kay salesperson is still taking up your time, it’s time for the “n” word to make way for more of your “t” word.

5. Analyze, Divide, Conquer. Analyze each task and how long it should take you per day, per week and per month. This will tell you where your time management may go astray. (When I first did this exercise I was actually spending TOO MUCH time eating! Imagine that?!)

6. Find your OHM. Stress and time go hand in hand. There is no real way, pill, or genie to eliminate stress, so much like your childhood freckles you despise so much, you’ll just have to live with it. You must find a way to cope with the stress. I use relaxation techniques and when I can afford it massage therapy. If you don’t have access to that, when you’re showering, you can do simple breathing exercises to try and lighten your load.

I have come to the conclusion that I am managing time. I will not let it manage me. I am worth much more than sweaty pits and puffy eyes to let that intangible, unstoppable, ticking clock rule me. 

So what’s your verdict on time? Are you a planner? How do you manage your daily, weekly, and monthly activities?

Peace, love, and time!

~C.C.D.

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