Hey, guyssssss! What’s good? How far have you gone with this year’s resolutions? As for me, I have only done a few things, and I’m hoping to finish it up before the year ends.
Today is the last day of the month of September and I honestly can’t wait for October because my favs are releasing their new albums. But the only thing I’m dreading this month is the school examinations.
I’m typing this blog post in class with an eye on this lecturer; because if he sees me using my phone, I’m not seeing it till further notice. Also, this is the only time I have to do this because if I don’t do this now, I’m not doing it until after my exams. Right now, I’m faced with assignments, both individual and group assignments. I’m not even sad, but I’m close to giving up on Mass Communication.
To me, time has always been the most common excuse. There is never enough time to do everything you have to do. You are literally stuck up with work and personal responsibilities, projects, books you intend to read. There will always be more to do than you can accomplish in the time you have available to you, no matter how much it is. As much as we might hope or expect it to, life is not going to slow down so you can finally start your project, finish your book, take that trip or get some alone time.
We all have the same amount of time in the day and we each have to learn how to get what we need in the time that we have. Or you don’t, which probably makes you feel overwhelmed and angry and eventually exhausted. You might start to feel like you don’t have a say in what you do because your time is owned by everyone else.I am pretty sure most of us would have felt like your schedule is overflowing with everything you have to do and nothing you want to do. It becomes a mix of misplaced priorities and violated boundaries. It feels like you’re constantly overwhelmed with everyone else’s problems and necessities and at the end of the day you’ve done nothing for yourself. It leads to the famous, “I don’t have time”. I don’t have time for this, for that, for myself, for friends, for anything other than going to work, eating and maybe sleeping every once in a while. I just don’t have time.
I usually don’t have time for a lot of things, based on the fact that I don’t prioritize well, whilst doing unnecessary things. I keep telling myself that I don’t like stress, but I have come to realize that anything you do in this life comes with a whole lotta stress. Going to school, going for meetings, going to work, learning a skill, creating contents comes with stress. Learning to plan your schedule well is very important. I read a book titled “Eat that frog” by Brian Tracy. While reading this book, I learnt that you can only get control of your time and your life by changing the way you think, work or deal with the never-ending responsibilities that flow over you each day. It’s worth thinking about how you spend your time. Who you give it to, where you spend it and the way you think about the time you have. We’ve said it our entire lives, “I don’t have time”. We use it as an excuse to other people when we don’t want to do something, but we also tell it to ourselves as an excuse for using it the wrong way. We neglect our priorities and allow others to demand our time like they make the decisions in our life. When you really start to look at how you spend your time, you’ll probably realize that you have much more free time than you thought. You get so focused on the things you say you don’t have time for that you forget what you could be doing with it. We all have the same amount of time and the same ability to make the most of it. It’s a matter of how we see it and use it, it’s the problem and the solution.
“One of the worst uses of time is to do something very well that need not to be done at all”.
When you think of time as a choice, the mindset of priority is powerful. Set and check on your priorities. When you know what they are, it’s easier to say no to everything else. When you know what you want, it’s easier not to accept what others demand from you. If an opportunity comes to you that doesn’t line up with what you want then you’ll know when you should probably not take it. Our priorities are not set and stone, your top priorities at one time might be different at another. Pay attention to what’s most important right now. If there’s a task or activity with large potential positive effects, make it a top priority. Be aware of what you want out of each period of your life. No matter how long or short it is, set your priorities accordingly. If you don’t, don’t be surprised if it doesn’t turn out the way you hope.
“If you want time, you must make it”
I always find myself dreading the experience or wishing that I was doing something else or staying in after the week I’ve had. These feelings are not happening for no reason. Call it self discipline or whatever you want, I see it happen when I’m not scheduling time for what is important to me, and then not taking advantage of that time when I do have it. We need to stop blaming the amount of time we have when its really just not a priority. Stop doing things that aren’t important to you or for you and spending time with people that don’t matter to you. Everything we do is a decision, you don’t need to justify it or make excuses for it. Then keep in mind the same goes for everyone else, don’t make excuses for or justify their decisions either.
“Time is time… It’s our choice how we use it”
HAVE YOU EVER MADE TIME FOR SOMETHING AND REGRETTED IT? Tell me about it.
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