More and more I hear the phrase “does not give me life”. What is happening to us that it seems that 24 hours are not enough in the day? If this is our feeling, it is possible that we should reflect on the management we make of time.
We all know that poor time management generates a state of permanent stress, affects our health, and prevents us from enjoying life. When the feeling of lack of time becomes chronic, we run from urgency to urgency, giving up what is really important to us, continually postponing our priorities.
That is why, below, we want to leave you 3 recommendations that can help you better manage your time.
- First of all, do you know how to differentiate between what is important and what is urgent? On a daily basis, haste tends to lead us to give priority to what is urgent, and this attitude leads us to leave important but not urgent matters for later. Therefore, it is essential that we know how to prioritize and organize our tasks based on their urgency, but also their importance. I recommend you look at the "Eisenhower matrix" online, which will help you learn to prioritize.
- Secondly, there is a phrase that I really like that says: “If you want to do everything, you will have the feeling that you cannot do anything”. Assume that time is finite, you can't take care of everything. Plan and organize the tasks, but assume that there are things that you have to delegate: at work, at home or with the family. Think about what tasks you can delegate or ask for help, and do it.
- Finally, learn to say no. The reality is that, in general, it is difficult for people to say no, to be assertive. Now, think: if you say “no” to something, what are you saying “yes” to? Maybe you're saying yes to increase your well-being, to spend more time with your family, to take care of your mental health... Saying no to certain things is saying yes to others that are generally important to us.
Remember Michael Altshuler's phrase: “The bad news is that time flies. The good news is that you are the pilot.”
María José Ortega – Psychologist M-31065