By UDEME ARCHIBONG
Time is the currency of the earth. You use the currency of time to purchase everything in life. In fact, you trade time for life. Everything you do involves the use of time. Your current state of life is a reflection of the way you used your mind and the way you used your time.
Your future will be fashioned by the way you choose to use your mind and your life from now. The use of your mind will determine the use of your time; the use of your time will determine the use of your life; the use of your life will determine the rewards you accrue in life.
Your attitude toward time spells the difference between success and failure in life. Everything you aspire to be; everything you hope to accomplish, will be achieved with the currency of time. The better you are at trading with time, the better your life becomes. When life ceases, time ceases. Life revolves around time.
Time is perishable; it cannot be saved. Every passing time cannot be regained. The use of your life determines the quality of your life. Time management could also be labeled as life management.
In actuality, time management is a product of life management and life management is a product of mind management. Until you know who you are, where you are going and what is important to you, you will constantly live in reaction to the events or happenings of life. Exercising control of your time begins with exercising control of your mind, and when you can control your mind, you can control the direction of your life.
Think through the day before you speed through the day. In other words, pause and think before you use your time. Time is your most valuable resource. Consequently, you must put value into time before you can get value out of time.
Time is indispensable and irreplaceable. To get a new outcome out of time, you must discontinue doing something old in order to commit yourself in doing something new, to get a new outcome in life. To get the greatest value out of time, you must re-allocate time from activities of lower value to activities of higher value.
Time management is the wise use of physical, mental and emotional energy to produce sustainable results. Time management is the principal skill that births every other life skill. The purpose of time management is to accomplish a three-fold cord: balance, harmony and inner peace.
You either run your life by deciding on what you want to do or life runs you when you live in reaction to the happenings around you. On a consistent basis pause and evaluate yourself and what you are doing in the light of what is important to you. Acting without thinking is failing without knowing. Thinking before acting is organizing for success. Think through what is really important to you in life and organize your time around it.
Success is attracted to those who are well organized. Success beckons to those who are clear about their goals and objectives. Failure is the ally of those who do not know what they want. The Law of Priorities states: “Your ability to set clear and accurate priorities on your time determines the entire quality of your life”.
For peak performance to be realized, the three forms of energy must be maximized:
- Physical energy-This is energy used in doing physical labor, it is the raw energy.
- Emotional energy-It is the energy of excitement and enthusiasm, the feeling of love, happiness and joy for life; for people; for your work or what you do.
- Mental energy-This is required for creativity; problem solving-proffering solutions; writing reports, proposals; planning your day and your week and for learning.
Time management seeks to achieve maximum returns on energy-physical, emotional and mental. Your mental energy fashions the quality of your life. The shortest route to failure is to burn up the physical and emotional energy.
The key to peak performance is focusing on how you can stay calm and think positively and constructively in order to work efficiently and conserve your energy to do the most important things in life.