This piece is not for the faint hearted, or those that feel victimised, or those for that matter that get offended easily. If that’s you, stop reading now. If that’s still you, maybe it’s time to toughen up, have a read, and make a difference, yeah?
Here’s the deal when it comes to people complaining about time
No one cares. Why? Because the person listening is probably in the same sinking boat as you and just got to finishing complaining to some else themselves.
Yes, we’ve been told before, everyone has 24 hours in a day. Some people who seem to get alot done just know how to use those 24 hours better.
In the honour of valuing time, I’ll keep this definitive guide short;
How to better use your time
- Stop doing things that consume your time that add no value. If you complain you have no time to write, but you sleep in till 10am and then laze about for 2 hours, you suck at managing time.
- Netflix less. Pretty self explanatory.
- Stop complaining. You’ll find that complaining mostly leads to procrastination, both of which lead to no where. Start, start anything, even if it’s not perfect, it can be fixed later. Just start.
- Stop planning so much. If you write out you plans, then re-write them somewhere else, then put it in a diary, on a whiteboard, then a post-it note that s#@t, your spending too much time planning, trying to get into the mood, working on the system. Just stop. Pick the mid-range task, and start that first. It’ll show you the easy ones are easy, and that the hard ones aren’t much far off.
- Do things late at night, or early in the morning. I hate mornings, so I mostly blog at 11pm. I also do school dropoff, so straight after that I swing past a cafe and write, sitting alone, in a corner. It’s not out of the way, but it something that works. Find that zone for you.
- This last one is questionable, as I only recently got an appreciation for the health needs of sleep, but, and this is a big but – if you are really flat stick, sleep less. If you need an extra hour, go to bed an hour later. Whether you push everything back, or do what you complain you don’t have time to do later on, just sleep less, or wake early.
Years ago I would have written point 6 first. These days, not so. Sleep is extremely important, for a range of health reasons. Infact, I’d go so far as to say you might even be complaining you don’t have time because you’re unproductive due to lack of sleep. Yep! So if you’re always tired, cut back the coffee after lunch time, sleep a little more (and better), and see if the rewards come that way.
At the end of the day, if you dead-set complain about having no time, but you binge watch TV, only work part time, have no kids, and you’re single, you just suck at time management! Go through the above points and re-evaluate your day. You can’t earn the right to complain about time when you haven’t earned the hours in the day.