More often than not, we let the sands of time slip through our hands. We let the distractions and temptations that we encounter in our daily life rob us of our precious time and attention. And then, later we regret it.
We have to break this vicious cycle and take a few little but concrete actions daily to get our time back. The first thing is to assess how we are spending our time. James Whittaker, author of Think and Grow Rich: The Legacy, shares that one of the best things that we can do for ourselves in terms of time management is to perform a self-audit on where all of our time is going.
If you’re like me and countless others in the urban landscape, you might find that the bulk of your time is spent glued to the screens, whether they be on your laptop, smartphone or TV. You might discover that you are spending a great deal of time on social media apps, irrelevant websites and video streaming platforms such as YouTube, Netflix and Disney Plus.
Don’t get me wrong, all these technological applications and services are not evil; it’s just that we must practice self-control and discipline when we use them.
A few simple things that you can do manage your time are to uninstall social media and other time-wasting apps from your phone, remove batteries from your TV remote or FireTV stick, make strict rules for your entertainment and media consumption, and use website blockers such as BlockSite.
The key to effective time management is self-management, and the best way to stop wasting our time is to remove all temptations and digital distractions around us.
You must let go of the trivial things and instead use your time and attention towards the essential actions that take you closer towards our goals. You must learn to eliminate distractions if you want to win in life and in business.