MINDSET SHIFT 1
Firstly, time is the one resource that was given to us in equal amounts: we all have 24h. Just like Gandhi, Malala Yousafzai, Richard Branson, Elon Musk and any other great achievers you can think of. Our first mindset shift comes with the realization that, since we all have 24h, the term “time management” should actually be replaced by “self-management”.
In other words, time can’t be managed, it will slip through your fingers no matter what you do. What differentiates people who make the most of their time and those who don’t, is the ability to recognize that we are in control of our day and our choices.
Your life and achievements will depend on how well you “spend” your time. It will therefore depend on your choices and priorities. Notice how I highlight the word spend.
MINDSET SHIFT 2
This brings us to our second major mindset shift: we spend time just like we spend money.
People don’t realize the following: not only time is as valuable as money, it is arguably far more precious. Money can always come back. Time can’t.
During her time management presentation, Helene Segura (2016), an author and speaker on Time Management, asked everyone to stand up and grab their dollar bills in their hand. Then, she commanded to “throw those dollars in the air”. At that point, no one did follow the instruction, some even sat down in disdain.
Finally, she asked “how is it that you do not hesitate to defend your money, and yet you give your time away like it was meaningless?”.
The whole point of this experiment was to educate us in defending our time just as well as we defend our money. It helped the people understand a bit better how our mind isn’t use to visualize time as something valuable.
LET’S BE HONEST
How many times did you commit to something you didn’t want to do just as a favor to someone that maybe isn’t even your friend?
How many times did you allow someone to interrupt your study or ask you lengthy questions while you were occupied or how many times did you catch yourself spending hours browsing Facebook with absolutely no aim whatsoever?
We have been used to our 24h since we were born, making it hard for us to get this shift.
MINDSET SHIFT 3
The third major mindset shift consists of understanding that we mustn’t confuse being busy with being productive.
How many times did I hear a friend of mine boast about spending 13 hours in the library?
They confuse 13 hours of being in the library with 13 hours of actual work. In fact they spent most of their time going in and out of the library between meals, snacks and coffee breaks.
I firmly believe that a good 3 hours of intense work/study a day, consistently, is far more productive and helpful than a one-off 13 hours.
A FEW GOOD QUOTES
Bishop T. D. Jakes, pastor and author (www.tdjakes.org), states that “we are living in a generation of the dumbing down of ideas because we have traded effectiveness for busyness”. He explains that we are busier than any other generation of the past 300 to 400 years, and we think that because we are busy, we are effective.
Challenge your schedule for a minute: are you really being effective or is your life cluttered with all kinds of stuff that demands your attention, but which stops you from being your best self?
In Carlin Daharsh’s 2014 TEDxYouth we are taught how today our society is “so busy being busy, that we have pushed true productivity aside, and have thrown away the opportunity to realize our potential.”
Carlin is one of my favorites, I love the way she says that “we wear the I am so busy and overworked badge like it’s a gold medal“. She adds that, “we got confused and started thinking that busy is impressive” but busy “doesn’t mean that we are getting anything done or that we are making our lives better and happier.”
Daharsh reminds us that “not knowing when our next break is happening is not impressive, its sad; skipping meals because you ran out of time is not impressive, its unhealthy; and over-committing is not impressive, its stressful“.
Think about your role models – it’s safe to say that they are known for one, not a million, great achievement. Although you can’t be known for everything, you can be known for something.
TRACK YOUR TIME
Finally, just like money, it’s time to budget and track your time.
By tracking your time and becoming aware of your mind, you’ll realize how many unproductive thoughts, conversations and actions you tend to have. This will unlock the I do have time attitude and if it doesn’t, here are some powerful numbers to seal the deal.
WARNING once you know this truth you won’t be able to blame your lack of productivity on anyone else but yourself… it’s a hard burden to carry.
TIME TO PLAY
We all have 168h per week.
With that in mind, I will break those hours down thanks to a fictional situation:
- let’s say that Alison, sleeps 8h a night,
- attends lectures and studies for 9h on weekdays,
- spends 2h a day in her morning and evening routine,
- 1h per day cooking
- and has a part time job of 28h a week.
By adding up all those hours, Allison is left with 18h to spare.
What are you left with? Whatever your situation, I bet you are left with at least 2h spare.
I was left with 28h…!
How an Earth did I waste all that time?? Oooh yes… Facebook, Netflix, attending post parties after a night out, sleeping a lot… I’ll let you do your own breakdown.
Whatever the outcome: how about reading that book you longed for? Taking that dance class you never gave yourself the opportunity to start, or starting that blog you’ve been itching to write for years? Are you going to tell me you don’t have 2h to dedicate to what you love?
The options are endless! And it is all possible.
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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR YOU
Over the years I have created many guides and checklist that aim to help you save time. Here are a list of them just in case you might miss out on a few:
- My 1st E-Book: a resource that has help me become a boss at Time Management. Moreover, it has also helped me create more time for what I love and get to my goals faster. It is lengthy, however it is arguably the best Time Management piece of research out there.
- The Time Management Actionable Sheets: a summary of my E-Book. These sheets have conserved the absolute essential actions you need to take to make the most out of your time. Do not skip any steps!
- My Before & After CV Transformation: a resource that has collected my CVs for the past 7 years to help you not only craft a great CV, but to also show you that everyone can start mediocre and grow exponentially.
- How To Land a Job Faster Guide: a resource that aims to give you all of the tips and recommendations I have used during my career. This will help you avoid some common mistakes students do when starting off with their job applications.
MY OBJECTIVE IS AND WILL FOREVER BE TO HELP YOU
To conclude, the aim of this website is to help you have the best fresh start at University and with your career. There is nothing that gives me more happiness and joy but to hear your positive feedback on how helpful my content has been. Contact me if you have any feedback for me!
BEST OF LUCK WITH IT ALL!!!!