You Have As Much Time As You Give Yourself
Managing time is the super power I am dreaming of. Freezing it, rewinding, fast forwarding. I have read so many books (or at least flipped through) about time management and have tried using many techniques. The truth is: you can never catch up. If you are living and breathing you are either running late, forgot to do something or postponed a task till last minute. If you are reading this and can honestly say that you have mastered the art of managing you 24 hours every day I will not only applaud you and ask you to be my mentor, I will send you a hundred dollars to any spot on the planet. Although if you really are a time master you are probably so rich my hundred will be a drop in the ocean for you.
Time is tricky. It operates on very weird schemes that make me believe time is a total lie. When I try to relax and/or have fun it flies like a jet through the clouds and when I'm waiting for something impatiently it just dragsssss. But here is one thing I've learned: you have as much time to finish a task as you give yourself. Proved plenty of times. For example, when I know I have all day to do homework that's exactly how long it takes me to do it. I leisurely walk around books and a laptop, eat like two lunches more than on a normal day, and hopefully finish everything by midnight. But when it's crunch time that's where the real Superhero Me comes out. Homework can be done in 20% of the usual time. It's the time when you can't afford to do a rough draft and try your best to get it right the first time. Or cleaning. My house looked the best not when I took a whole day to clean but when I had like an hour before someone was coming over.
Having a higher productivity is better than having more time on your hands. It's OK to not be able to catch up, but it is crucial to set time limits for every task. I gave myself a time limit on writing this post just to see how fast I can actually write if I concentrate a 100% and give my best. So far I am doing well and still have 5 minutes to go. In my next post I will share a technique with you that I use with large projects. What are your trick to time managment?