Who Borrowed Your Time Today?


I was at a lecture last evening. In case you are wondering I am studying for my MSc. (A juggle of work and studies! Arhhhhh!)

We were given some homework the previous week and the lecturer asked how many actually completed it. The majority of the class said, "No, I didn’t complete". Yours truly included ! To our utter surprise he started asking "why" from every student. When the first culprit answered, "I didn’t have time" the lecturer asked, "Who borrowed your time?". At the time, everyone burst out laughing at the cynical statement. However, it got me thinking and here I am writing a post about it.

I am aware that there are many books and articles that offer many helpful advice on how to save time. This post though, is to highlight a different approach.

Who borrowed you time today? When your at home, it might be the television. When at work, it might be an annoying colleague. When your on the road it might be the traffic. Yes, there is a point I am trying to make. Here it is. Identifying the cause of time wasters. Once you are aware of the factors that drain you time, you might be able to take preventive measures to avoid or reduce it.

Now is the time. Who borrowed you time today? Start making the list and analyze more feasible solutions. Practice it for a few days, and let me know if it made a difference.


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4 comments:

Misty said...

Great Post! A lot of people spend a lot of time making excuses for not getting this or that done, without taking the time to evaluate what they are spending their time doing.

For me, my time wasters usually are because of either a lack of energy, a lack of motivation, or a lack of interest. In such cases, my body or brain (depending on which one is needed) will decide how much or how little I will do in any given day.

I feel a little guilt for slacking off, but at the same time know that I wouldn't do it if I didn't need or deserve it. I put in many more productive days, so the days when I'm not up to par, I accept as part of life.

We cannot view "time wasters" as only something that needs to be fixed. There are so many different angles to look at with anything, that something positive might just come about from wasting time. What postives come from your wasted time? Something to think about...

Matty said...

I love that! And I'm stealing it! Such a nice way to think about time! So many people borrow my time, I wonder when they'll give it back.
Matty.

scribbit said...

My husband has said repeatedly that when you say no to one thing, it means you're free to say yes to something else. I tend to agree with him, as long as I'm saying yes to the right things! :)

Holly said...

In a world filled of things to borrow time it sure can be difficult to navigate the waters can't it? At the end of the day I love the call to logic that comes from asking yourself if how what you are/aren't doing (or whatever crisis is currently happening)will affect your life in 2 days, 2 weeks 2 years? Funny how something so simple can pull everything into perspective. ;o)

Hugs,
Holly
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