With the advent of the Covid-19 crisis, life as we know it is rapidly and radically changing. We are being forced to make major adjustments. Many restrictions have been put in place, including travel and congregating. The freedom of movement and travel that we took for granted barely a week ago, is now a proposition in uncertainty. Families are separated and are not sure when they will reconnect again. We have plenty of time in confined spaces without much to do.
This is a time to rethink our values, priorities, and pursuits.
Time is not a renewable resource.
Invest YOURS wisely according to your purpose.
INVEST YOUR TIME WISELY— RETIREMENT AHEAD.
7 Ways You Should Be Investing Your Time
- Set aside time for planning.
- Automate where possible.
- Create and stick to a routine.
- Hone your skills.
- Take care of your health.
- Build solid relationships.
- Make things happen.
We all have the same number of hours to spend in the day. No matter what you do, you can’t squeeze out a few extra minutes before the day comes to an end. So, the real question is: What are you doing with your time?
Sadly, for most people, time is spent on meaningless pursuits. It’s so easy to waste your time without realizing it. You might tell yourself that you’re going to watch only one episode of your favorite TV show, but the next thing you know, you’ve finished almost the entire season. The same goes for surfing the web, eating unhealthy food, and making excuses to avoid doing what needs to be done.
What you should be doing is investing your time for the future. Since there’s only so much time in the day, you have to engage in activities that provide a positive return in the future. Stop focusing on activities that only give temporary happiness. What you want is to get true value out of the things you do during the day. Here are some tips on how to better invest your time.
Set aside time for planning
Yes, allotting time to think of how to spend your time efficiently should be your first order of business. You can plan the things you’re going to do for the whole day or week. This simple task requires just a few minutes but allows you to save hours upon hours later.
Automate where possible
With all the good things modern technology has afforded us, doing everyday tasks has never been easier. Our smartphones have become so powerful that we can accomplish a lot in just a few taps and swipes such as reserving a hotel room, booking a taxi, or setting reminders. But you shouldn’t forget that you can automate certain processes involving your career or business.
Create and stick to a routine
It’s easy to forget the power of following a routine. Just as you would follow an effective skin care routine to get blemish-free skin, sticking to a routine that helps maximize your productivity can set yourself up for success. It allows you to immediately follow a predetermined action plan so you don’t end up wasting time not knowing what to do. The few minutes you spend doing nothing add up to a lot of lost hours.
Hone your skills
One of the best uses of your time is investing in yourself. This often comes in the form of honing your skills or learning new ones. It’s not a coincidence that the most successful people are life-long learners. They are always on the lookout for opportunities to learn, both by themselves and by working with others.
Take care of your health
There’s no use to achieving your financial goals if your health is compromised. Being too busy shouldn’t mean putting your health on the back burner. Make it a priority to keep track of your health by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and adopting an overall healthy lifestyle. Do not forget that you can only do the things you want to the extent that your health allows.
Build solid relationships
Investing time in building lasting relationships with the people who matter most shouldn’t be taken for granted. Just like the rule of thumb in investing that says you should invest first then save later, make it a habit to invest time with family, friends, and colleagues before allotting time for other activities. This may not make sense all the time, but you’ll eventually find value in spending “quantity time” over “quality time.”
Make things happen
A lot of time is wasted thinking of excuses. Too many people choose to blame other things for not achieving their goals. You won’t get that promotion you’ve always wanted without doing anything. So, instead of waiting or making excuses, go out and make it happen. Your time is better spent taking little steps instead of nothing at all.
It’s up to you whether you’re going to spend your time on worthless activities or invest it on things that provide growth and happiness in your life. Keep in mind that not everything brings the same return on your time. It’s on you how to invest your time wisely.