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  • Writer's pictureVinayak Jawalkar

How can you take charge of your time?

Updated: Dec 9, 2023



How can you take charge of your time?

Are you always racing against the clock?


It may be true because you have a lot of tasks to do and feel overwhelmed.


Gaining control over your time is essential, but how can you achieve it?


You’ll never have more time just by magic, which may sound radical. What’s the key to controlling your time??


1. Explore your solo time:


Do you have personal dreams and aspirations?


If the answer is yes, do you ever find time to chase those dreams?


If you're finding it hard to make time for things that bring you happiness and fulfil you, it's a signal.


Don’t ignore the inner voice that pushes you to chase your passions.


Ignoring it inadvertently hinders your path to fulfilment.


It’s crucial to identify what’s occupying your time and why you can’t allocate it to your interests.

Are family and work commitments dominating your priorities?


If so, how can you rearrange your priorities to carve out time for yourself?


Busyness is often a mindset that can damage your mental well-being, even though many people claim to be busy.


To make the most of your time, prioritize and focus on what matters most to you.


If you have a genuine desire to achieve your goals, you can overcome any obstacles, even if you’re busy.


2. Craft your time with strong goals:


Time is a finite resource, but your mind has the power to create more of it when you reorganize your daily tasks. When you fully commit your mind to something, you naturally take steps toward it.


This applies to both hobbies and significant career aspirations.


If you set a goal and genuinely commit to it, you’ll find the time to work towards it.

When time seems scarce, you’ll even discover ways to make it happen for your interests.


Thus, your goals act as time creators you’ve been waiting for.


If you’re unsure where to begin, consider these steps:


3. Find your interests:


Start by recognizing everyday activities that genuinely bring you joy.


Whether it’s fitness, learning a new skill, or simply taking a walk, start doing it.


These should be activities that provide enjoyment and fulfilment.


Develop markers to measure accomplishments:

Once you’ve pinpointed your interests, break them down into manageable tasks with specific action plans. This should include when and how you’ll tackle them.


You can incorporate these small steps into your weekends or after work on weekdays.


Neglecting your interests robs you of the fulfilment they can provide.


4. Focus on one thing:


Focusing on a single task can be challenging, especially if you have a lot of interests, like I do.


Having multiple interests is perfectly fine, as long as you can prioritize each one and allocate time and energy accordingly.


Try channelling your efforts into one task at a time.

By doing so, you not only enhance your productivity but also become an expert in that area.


Whether you choose to be a polymath or a specialist depends on your ability to manage your physical and mental resources.


Completing what you start will boost your confidence and inspire you to pursue more of what you love.


5. Deal with distractions:


To regain control of your time, you must identify what distracts you.


Distractions are an inevitable part of life, but you can minimize them through awareness.


List your distractions and find out why they disrupt your focus.

Is it social media, an overload of tasks, or other factors causing distractions?


You can stop these distractions by addressing their root causes.


To avoid interruptions, set and maintain a goal while staying focused on your actions.


The more you align your actions with your objectives, the fewer distractions you’ll encounter along the way.


Final thoughts on time management:


Taking control of your time means engaging in activities you genuinely should be doing.


You don’t have to live a life that’s ruled by schedules.


The key to enjoying life’s joyful moments is balancing structure and spontaneity.


Goals will keep you engaged, provide happiness, and shield you from distractions.

Ultimately, you are the best judge of what you want in life.


Don’t underestimate your passions as just things you liked as a kid or passing enjoyment.


If they hold genuine significance for you, pursue them wholeheartedly.


Take control of your time and prioritize what you love.

 

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