It is important to know one’s self. This is because if you don’t know yourself, then how can you know for sure that other people would want to know you as well?
Recently I have embarked on a journey of self discovery that has led me to an uncomfortable realization:
I have the time management skills of a carrot.
I can waste time like the proverbial nobody’s business, it being as natural to me as breathing, or possibly eating. Although I have stressed the need to specifically set aside time for writing, I am rarely responsible enough to follow my own advice.
This is a curious paradox:
Writing has always been a product of my free time. When I have large chunks of leisure at my disposal, I inevitably turn to writing, albeit eventually.
Since I feel the most fulfilled when writing, I feel the most fulfilled when I have the most time to waste.
Here’s the catch:
The more I work and the more money I make, the less free time l have, therefore the less writing I do and the less fulfilled I feel.
Nothing fails like success.
This has been wearing on my mind, so I have been striving to do something about it.
The first thing I did was to tell myself that I can’t quit my job. (Let’s face it, being able to afford to eat is kinda nice) The second thing I told myself is that there are no less hours in a day for me than there is for someone super successful and productive, like Steve Jobs.
Well, technically I have more free time than he does, because he’s dead.
The third thing I told myself was to treat this problem like every other problem, which means that I should search for a solution online.
Within bare moments, I was awash in a deluge of self improvement blogs and sites advising me in the many spokes of zen self reflection and recommending a new outlook on life.
I quickly perceived that these sites were no help.
I’ve stated before that I’m a practical man, obsessed with the nuts and bolts of problem solving. Nuances and generalities are of no use tome.
Reading briefly through them, (I don’t have the time to leisurely read these blogs. I’m here to learn how to efficiently manage my time, for Pete’s sake!) I grasped the basic gist of the principle, and thought that I may be able to save you a few steps if you would want to learn to manage your time a little better.
There are two basic principles of time management:
One is that you will always end up doing what you want to do. This is a simple fact. It’s nonsense to assume that people are stuck in a rut of doing what they hate. The fact that they do a thing proves that they want to do it. Even if it’s something unpleasant (like work or school) people have weighed the value of the outcome of the unpleasant situation (such as money and degrees) and have ascertained that the trade is worthwhile.
For instance, I may not really like working, but I do really like eating.
Look differently at the things you do on a daily basis. These are the things that you have found the time to do, regardless of your circumstances. These are the things which are actually important to you, like playing games, talking to friends, and playing with your children. (Reading this blog, perhaps?)
The things you don’t get done? You have attached a lesser importance to them. Maybe it’s time for you to reassess your priorities and place more importance where it needs to be.
The other principle, is that you probably need to eat more chocolate.
I didn’t make that up, it’s Scientific!
Google it. Try and prove me wrong.
Let’s be serious, people. Do you really want to fly in the face of Science?
Thanks for reading along people! I love you all! -BW