No one can deny that “Time is gold” and we all should try to maximize time.
It is never enough, even if you are given thirty hours in a day, you still won’t be able to get enough of it. Somehow, we would find more things to do, and we will end up still wanting more time. The reality of it is that time is limited, time is precious, and time cannot be recovered. Yes, time literally flies by swiftly when you have lots to do. Yet it seems to stand still when we don’t have much do.
This makes me think of the poem by John Milton: “How Soon Hath Time”.
How Soon Hath Time by John Milton
How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth,
Stolen on his wing my three and twentieth year!
My hasting days fly on with full career,
But my late spring no bud or blossom shew’th.
Perhaps my semblance might deceive the truth,
That I to manhood am arrived so near,
And inward ripeness doth much less appear,
That some more timely-happy spirits endu’th.
Yet be it less or more, or soon or slow,
It shall be still in strictest measure even
To that same lot, however mean or high,
Toward which Time leads me, and the will of Heaven;
All is, if I have grace to use it so,
As ever in my great Taskmaster’s eye.
Strategies to Maximize Time
So how do you maximize your time? Well, it would be worth your time to consider the following strategies:
1. Always check your schedule at the start of the day.
Of course we assume you keep a note pad listing your schedule. If you don’t have one you should. Use it to remind you of the various tasks and commitments you have for the day. It also helps you prioritize your tasks so they do not overlap. Your schedule show how you plan to organize your time, much like how you organize a closet (hopefully you do organize your closet).
Review your schedule; and note the hectic times and the not so hectic times. Redistribute your activities evenly throughout the day. However, if your list of task is overwhelming, you may have to re-schedule some tasks for another day. It is always important to be realistic with your time.
2. Request for a re-schedule in advance.
Your time is important, but it can also affect others. So if you cannot accomplish a task that someone else relies on, you should be courteous and inform that person in advance. This leaves time for the person to adjust to the new schedule. In the case of a group working together to accomplish a task, this move is very important to keep things in order.
3. Be creative.
Time is always of the essence when it concerns the element of creativity. For example, you need to do the laundry but at the same time, you also have to complete an school assignment. Perhaps, what you can do is to set your washing machine to do the laundry while you focus on completing the assignment. Manage your time doing your assignment so you know when the laundry is done. You can accomplish a lot if you schedule your work with a little creativity.
4. Expect mistakes.
This is especially true if you are doing something for the first time. However, you can minimize mistakes if you set clear directions on how things should be done. You will have devote some time to planning out your action for that task. That way you will avoid wasting your time, energy, and even money.
5. Visualize the possible outcome of your objective.
There may be several alternative methods to get your work done. However, choose the better of two or more alternatives, but if there is only one option, do it just the same. Some tasks may appear difficult when you think about it, but not necessarily when put into action. The same thing is true the other way around.
Time is something you could never have enough of, but it is always wise to maximize time.