American entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously said: “Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you can’t get more time.” And as the year comes to a close, perhaps we are feeling the advance of time more than ever this month. The most important thing you do as we head into 2017 is make sure you use your time wisely.
So to begin our 12 tips of Christmas, we focus on time:
- Don’t think of the totality of your to-do list.
One of the fastest ways to overwhelm yourself is to think about your massive to-do list. Realise that no amount of thought will make it any shorter. All you can do is focus on the one task before you. This one, single, solitary task. One step at a time. Breathe.
- Turn key tasks into habits.
Writing is a regular task for me. I have to write all the time — for school, work, my blog, etc. I probably write 3,000 – 5,000 words per week. The amount of writing I do may seem like a lot to most people, but it’s become manageable for me, because it’s habitual. I rarely break this routine. Because of this, my mind is in the habit of doing the work of writing. It has become quite natural and enjoyable. Could you do something similar? (Read The Simple, Powerful Guide to Forming Any New Habit)
- Create organising systems.
Being organised saves tonnes of time, and you don’t have to be the most ultra-organised person in the world either. Systems aren’t complicated to implement. Create a filing system for documents. Make sure all items have a place to be stored. Unsubscribe from e-mail lists if you don’t want to receive their content. Streamline, streamline, streamline.
- Enjoyment should always be the goal. Work can be play.
We get so caught up in busy-ness that we forget to enjoy what we’re doing. Even when we focus on working smarter, we’re still often too focused on getting things done. This should never be the point.
Ask yourself: ‘What can I do to spend more time enjoying what I’m doing?’
The goal should be to arrange your commitments in a way that you’re happy living out the details of your daily life, even while you’re working.