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3 Ways to Save Precious Time

Updated on April 20, 2020
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Davie is a passionate consumer of nonfiction literature and knowledge distributor for the purpose of enhancing people's lives.

Time is an abstractive notion. There are many theories regarding time, for instance time is a mere illusion like fear, and it’s 100 per cent man-made because we have needs to define everything. The past, present and future are equally real. I believe this perpetually uplifting theory is called B-Theory.

Time management as a concept of a field of personal development is only among other self-improving instruments. Actually, time cannot be managed nor controlled. You can only control not-to-use so much time to finish a given assignment. You can try to “manage” your schedule or time usage only a certain amount and if you have plans of being a self-employed entrepreneur, you can save more time for your desired goals.

Now, it is time for you to ask yourself – “What do you truly desire?”


You’ve heard that before and I’m never tired of pointing that out. Multitasking is poisonous and at a certain point, venomous. You always have enough time to complete several things but choosing to execute them all simultaneously is like dribbling 5 basketballs successfully. Even a Hall-of-Famer couldn’t do that.

The power of single-tasking lies on clear thinking. Your thoughts should be as clear as the ocean of The Bahamas’. Things get done (fast) when you don’t lose your cool. I was a proud multitasker back in high school, but the reality hit me hard when I started to work full-time. My bosses simply weren’t confident enough to give me more than one assignment at a time because they knew that I would have tried to complete them all at once and get buried in half an hour.

For all the fellow multitaskers, please at least try for a week to single-task on everything. Just a week. You will see remarkable changes in speed and precision in your performance and most importantly, people around you would be genuinely grateful for your effort and self-care.

Sleep Enough

Usually people get surprised when I point out sleeping but there is a clear logic behind it. According to many workaholics – sleeping is relatively same as wasting precious working hours which makes the method counterproductive. Can you feel the irony and paradox already? On the contrary, being well rested and welcoming levity into your day, helps you to jump start and stay focused on tasks you are tackling. Not only will you feel more invigorated but also diminish the ballast off your shoulders.

The more rested the mind, the sharper the thoughts, therefore you will gain remarkably better results.

In spite of many researches behind the topic, the most straightforward solution for weariness is to listen to your body. You can also create a mood diary to track your emotional fluctuations. Being aware of the tops and bottoms of the rollercoaster of your mood swings, can help you time your obligations. For instance, accomplish the most challenging mission when your mood exudes optimism and the easiest when the exhaustion is in your estimation.

If your employer doesn’t understand the meaning of emotional fluctuations, then it may be your responsibility to educate the person.

Track Performance

Have you been in a competitive sport or accepted challenges from your siblings? If your respond is positive, then you already have the easier initiative for the method. Tracking your daily errands and chores gives you a sense of time usage. It may even lower the threshold of obnoxious tasks.

Start with easy tasks, for instance chores. I first took action on taking out trash and empty the dishwasher. Even though it sounds mundane but how many times have you heard someone being annoyed when s(he) is asked to fold a couple of shirts? It’s not the time but the effort and being aware of the time consumption let’s you plan the assignments smartly.

There are many more other time saving techniques. My dad likes to delegate small things to his employees, my mom likes to complete the most complicated ones first and I like to keep everything simple and easy-to-understand. What other kinds of habits have you formed that have had the most impact on saving you time? Please don’t be shy to share some with us.

Once again, thanks for reading. Until next time!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Davie Chen


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