Starting today, over six posts, I’m dedicating my time to…Time!
We all manage time differently. And while one person gets up at the crack of dawn to get their work done, another person works at night in a productive buzz until the early hours of the morning.
Yes, we work better at different times of the day:
- Morning – The Lark is most productive in the morning;
- Noon – Middle of the day, you’re buzzing with ideas;
- Night – As the sun sets, the mind awakes;
- Any time – Both a boon and a pain. A few lucky people seem to find work easy whatever the hour. But beware, as a productivity lull can hit at any point. It’ll come back soon, but what if the work is urgent?
We have different ways of managing time. Three ways crop up quite often:
Whatever comes my way – Impulsive
This isn’t a good way of managing time. If you don’t make plans, anything can bite you on the bum and mess up a happy existence. It’s fun to take up all sorts of offers at short notice and you may thrive on the excitement of not knowing what’s around the corner. But is it worth the hassle in the long run? You’ll realise it’s not worth it when things go wrong. Don’t wait until that time. It’s not pretty. It’s been known to cause otherwise joyful individuals to crumble.
Embrace the future – Planner
Some people are the opposite of impulsive. They take planning to a whole new level. Everything has to be worked out in advance so there are no surprises. Down to the last second, it’s all expected, all arranged. Nothing is agreed until the full details are known. The last thing a planner wants is an unexpected surprise. But the more obsessive the planning becomes, the more surprises you’re bound to encounter. So hardcore planning can be just as damaging as acting solely on impulse.
Work from past experience – Cautious
Hindsight is a great thing. Shame we don’t find out until it’s too late. As you live your life, your experiences make you the person you are. A cautious personality will occasionally be impulsive, but generally prefers to keep that to a minimum. The majority of the time they will have an idea of what’s ahead, trying not to be too restrictive or anal about the process. A cautious person can become too cautious, turning them into more of a planner (or someone who won’t commit to anything through fear). But a healthy dose of caution itself is nothing to worry about.
Impulsive and Planner elements can live together, because certain aspects of your life are prone to more planning and others happen off the cuff.
Anything is possible with time. At times of panic, we even imagine time slowing down. Clearly, it’s important to maintain a healthy relationship with it!
So this post sets the scene. I have another five posts over the coming fortnight. They’ll focus on:
- Personal strengths and weaknesses;
- The perils of the ‘task-juggler’;
- Time and technology;
- Planning and managing time;
- Finding time to create your perfect study setup.
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You’ve got the time to do that, haven’t you? 🙂