What do we want? Time! When do we want it? Now!

(Image from growabrain.com)

(Image from growabrain.com)

Time, Zeit, Kairos, Toki, Vreme, Zaman, even Isikhathi. No matter how you say it, we as humans just can’t seem to get enough of it. In a day and age where we’re always on the move, time is a valuable commodity that we often lack.

What can we do to get more time? That’s a question that stumps many a person, but there are many simple steps one can take to get a little free time every now and then.

A problem most people who lack time have is that they won’t say no. Often, individuals feel they have to do everything people ask of them because they don’t want to let anyone down, but the honest truth is that you can say no. No matter what you believe, you can’t do everything. No one can, so a person shouldn’t feel bad about just saying no.

Sometimes a lack of time is just matter of getting priorities straight. A good way to keep yourself on task and on time is to order your daily schedule by a matter of importance. In retrospect, studying for your calculus test is obviously more important than watching the latest episode of your favorite TV show. So just remind yourself, no matter how tempting it may be to see whether Ted in “How I Met Your Mother” finally meets the mother, or to see which artist is voted off American Idol, you need to study.

Make room for people, not technology. In society today, we have become reliant on technology for almost everything, including communication. Sometimes this technological communication can hinder our real-world physical interaction, and one of the best ways of releasing stress is to talk about it. So the next time you feel stressed, stop wasting time on your “social” media, and open up to those around you.

Those lacking time must understand that mastering your schedule is something that takes practice. Practice is necessary for anyone to be able to master nearly anything. The saying “practice makes perfect” is not far off from the truth, even when trying to master your schedule.

A common mistake people make is to think that if they multi-task, they can give themselves more time while also maintaining productivity, but that’s not necessarily the truth. What multi-tasking does is give a false sense of “emotional satisfaction” to people that their time is being spent wisely and effectively, but has actually been proven to reduce productivity.

So just remember these few tips for proper time saving. Don’t be afraid to say no; there’s nothing wrong with practicing your freedom to choose what you want or don’t want to do. Straighten out your priorities; sometimes you’ve just got to focus on what you need to do. Balance your use of technological interaction with your real life interaction. And finally, avoid multi-tasking because while it may be an appealing tool, chances are it won’t pay off.

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