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Time wasted is time lost

Updated on July 23, 2011

Time Wasted Is Time Lost

Time is one of the most important resources. Everyone has 24 hours in a day. Some work wonders with it, some while it away & still others do not know how the day slipped by. Time is so valuable , so precious & you must prioritize your activities & plan your day. There is no such thing as shortage of time. The harsh reality is that the clock ticks away & time lost cannot be retrieved back. So the need to manage time is of utmost importance & the one who masters time masters life.

How do you manage your time?

1) Plan your day & prepare a list of things you need to do categorizing them as Important & Urgent & Not so Important & Urgent & then set out to work accordingly setting a deadline for completing the work. Tick off the list as the work is done. Note down reminders & ideas as they come to you.

2)Set long term & short term goals that are practical, time bound & realistic. Those who have goals in life & are working with some specific purpose are able to utilize their time more meaningfully.

3) Identify your time wasters. You will realise that most of them are in your control.

4) Do one thing at a time. Avoid multi tasking. Set priorities so as to avoid trying to accomplish too many tasks at one time & getting confused & distracted.

5) Do not try to do everything yourself. Try to delegate responsibility to others making your expectations clear & setting time limits for the work.

6) Keep a track of your time by writing down what you do during the day. You may get a revelation of some uncomfortable but useful truths about where you are wasting your time.

7) Schedule time for e-mails. It can take up a lot of your time. So set specific time to read & reply e-mails.

8) Learn to say No when necessary. Consider your goals & schedules before agreeing to take on additional work.

9) Establish routines & try to stick to them as much as possible.

10) The telephone, originally meant for keeping in touch has now become a major time waster. Addiction to the phone can take up a lot of our time.

11) A lot of time is also wasted on gossip, sleeping during the day & unwanted visitors.

12)Television viewing also takes up a lot of our time. So set aside a particular & limited time for viewing the television.

13) The Internet is so interesting! So much to view & learn. One can just forget the time. You can actually spend hours if you don't watch out.

Postponing doing work because you feel lazy or the job is boring or difficult only accumulates more work load. Time is wasted & unnecessary tension is created when the dead line approaches. So stop procrastinating as the work needs to be done anyway. Indecision & procrastination are time wasters.

Be realistic about how much you can achieve within a time span. Never postpone what you can do today for tomorrow. Every minute is precious so make the most of it, enjoy it & value it. Regardless of circumstances we must make all possible efforts to get the most of life by managing our time well.

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      Rahmat 

      3 years ago

      I carry on listening to the newcsast lecture about getting free online grant applications so I have been looking around for the most excellent site to get one. Could you advise me please, where could i find some?

    • Diana Mendes profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Mendes 

      6 years ago

      Thanks eatforcheaper. All the best.

    • eatforcheaper profile image

      eatforcheaper 

      6 years ago from London

      This is also a great hub. Time wasted is indeed time lost. I have had a great day today and I have gotten a lot of things done. But there still isn't enough time and even now I write this when I should be in bed! I definitely need to work on my time management. Also for downtime and not just work :)

    • Diana Mendes profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Mendes 

      6 years ago

      Thank you Emma Harvey.

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      Emma Kisby 

      6 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Great hub Diana - especially for us writers. When working from home it's so easy to become distracted. I can be guilty of it too!

    • Diana Mendes profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Mendes 

      6 years ago

      Thank you Rastamermaid for your appreciation.

    • Rastamermaid profile image

      Rastamermaid 

      6 years ago from Universe

      Great hub to start The New Year off with,time is a very valuable in life and you don't want to waste something so precious on nonsense.

      Awesome hub,voted up!

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      Shan Moore 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      Oh so true, time flies so fast. Runs out on me all the time. Thanks for this real nice hub!

    • Abundant old soul profile image

      Abundant Old Soul 

      7 years ago from united states

      It is sundY where I live. I am using your hub to organize differently.

    • Diana Mendes profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Mendes 

      7 years ago

      So true. Thank you Abundant old soul.

    • Abundant old soul profile image

      Abundant Old Soul 

      7 years ago from united states

      The most important ..thing to remember is not to waste time on toxic people

    • Diana Mendes profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Mendes 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Abundant old soul for your comment.

    • Abundant old soul profile image

      Abundant Old Soul 

      7 years ago from united states

      I loved this. I just retired. It was hard for me to say that word .but as I begin this new journey I am loving it. I Find that setting daily goals helps me.

    • Diana Mendes profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Mendes 

      7 years ago

      Thank you stars439 for your kind comment. So true, house cleaning does takes a lot of time. I have been reading your hubs & must say they are awesome. God bless you. Have a great day.

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      stars439 

      7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful Hub. Very Helpful. I have noticed that too much stuff in a house makes house cleaning somewhat harder, and takes up more time. God Bless You Dear Heart.

    • Diana Mendes profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Mendes 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Binaya.Ghimire for your kind comment.

    • Diana Mendes profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Mendes 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Christopher Dapo for the comment. Oh yes, it is so refreshing to spend time admiring nature & enjoying it.

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      Christopher Dapo and S. 

      7 years ago from Havelock, NC

      Managing time is good, but don't forget to take the time to stop and smell the roses! ;)

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      Binaya.Ghimire 

      7 years ago

      Managing time is toughest job to perform. You have explained this in simple words, easy to follow tips. Good writing.

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