This question is one of the first things we need to think and reflect on. Why do you feel overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious? Do you feel like you are the only one with these problems? I promise you are not alone in feeling this way, but also I can guarantee I can help you to find a solution for your problems: TIME MANAGEMENT. I want you to ask yourself a question: How are other people able to continuously work out, learn new things (cooking, dancing, language), spend more time with their family, and run multiple companies? Do you think they are aliens? Do they have a time machine? If so, please let me know. I would love to be in contact with them! ajaja
However the answer is no, they are not from another world and they don’t have special secret devices. The answer is that they know how to manage their time. All of us start each of our days with 24 hours, that’s it. If you do not organize your time, whether it’s on your phone or on a paper agenda, most of your activities will probably be forgotten. Some of you might be questioning the use of an agenda. Why, if i am not a CEO, do I need an agenda? No my friends, if you want to reach your goals you need organization, time, and practice. Look at this example of two people who have the same goals (to be in better shape, eat healthier, and to learn a new language). They both start their day start at 7:00 a.m., one of them has an agenda and the other one without:
Person A: Wakes up at 5:00 a.m. and immediately works out for 20 minutes using an intensive program. This gets all of their blood moving fast and helps them to feel awake. They then go to meditate for 15 minutes. At this moment the city is silent, they can hear the sounds of the birds, putting their mind at peace. They begin to feel their hunger of course, so it’s time to prepare an amazing, healthy breakfast taking them another 15 minutes. Now it is 5:50 a.m. and they are wanting to learn a new language, so they spend 30 minutes practicing. It is now 6:30 a.m., leaving them thirty minutes to finish getting ready and begin their day at 7 a.m.
Person B: Wakes up at 6:30 a.m., but they are still feeling tired and think, “why not another 5 minutes?” But then that 5 minutes turns into 10 minutes more, and now it is 6:40 a.m. They get out of bed, rush to get ready, no time to make breakfast, so they grab some food to go, and run out the door.
As you can see with this scenario, both people have the same opportunities, the same amount of time, the same work day, but with two different perspectives. At the end of six months Person A is thriving and happy with their new body, and having learned a new language! Whereas Person B feels overwhelmed and “doesn’t have time to do anything!”. Whatever your goal is, you need to practice and make the time in your every day to do it! Ask yourself again: How are people able to learn 5 languages? How are there people who are able to run multiple businesses at one time? Why can’t I do it too?
What is the difference between you and other people?
We all have different economic resources and different lifestyles, but you know what one thing we all have in common? TIME! 24 hours for every single one of us. We are all unique and we all have our own goals for our personal life. Imagine if every person had the same goal in life, that would be so boring! I want just one thing, I want you to go achieve your goal, reach your 110%! Do a self-analysis and ask yourself, “Am I always too busy?” If the answer is yes, reread and remind yourself of the example scenarios of Person A and Person B, the continue to learn about an essential tool for time management.
One of the basic steps to begin controlling your time management is you need to have a planner! This is my personal planner. I also have a digital one, but I prefer to write it by hand because I feel a more personal connection with it, and I am more likely to follow through. Find whichever way works best for you! In my planner I have a calendar, notes, quick reference information, and day by day specifics. Every night before bed I write what I need to do for the following day.
Every big change starts with a small change.
So if you feel stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, self reflect on your time management. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I will be here for you!