Time management is important. I think we all agree on that. But I am getting the sense that maybe we are viewing this in a wrong way. For example, we see time as something to be ‘managed’, because we say ‘time management’. That gives the feeling to me that it is something and/or scarce, which it is not. Maybe we can say something like ‘time utilization’, something to be used in the best way possible because it is given to us for good reasons. In that sense, time is a blessing. We can also come up with other terms that indicate that time is a blessing (if anything comes to your mind, post it in the comments).
How do we utilize a blessing? For example, a good friend is a blessing. We try to have good quality time with this person because we appreciate their existence in our lives. We do not want to waste this opportunity with pointless fights and misusage of friendship. Also with time, we want to be with it in the best way possible and we should appreciate its existence in our lives. We also do not want to misuse it.
Then, how should we use time in the best way possible? The answer will be subjective, as it depends on what works best with everyone. But what I found is good for me is to make sure that I finish all work by 5-6 in the evening and have the evening to myself (and family and friends). What I mean is like this: if I get an urge to do any work, I will not do it, even for ten minutes. I will not even let myself think about work. This made me psychologically healthier. Because I know I will not do any work in the evening, I make sure that I do everything during the day, which made me wake up even earlier. I am a morning person, so the earlier the better for me anyways. This made me both productive and also able to find time for myself, the two most important signals of time used well for me. Otherwise, I would work intermittently during the day and the evening, so my brain just did not get a proper rest. I think we all need that rest.
PS: I fall back on my old patterns at times, but I try to stick to this as much as I can.
This way of using my time allowed me to enjoy time even when I am working and certainly when I am resting, which is when I started seeing it as a blessing.
How do you use your time? Did you figure out what works well for you? Let’s discuss time today.