coping with time
September 23, 1994

This article is about becoming more time-efficient. While not directly related to environmentalism, becoming more efficient is certainly a sustainable thing to do. The text is taken from a Motorola Pager Guide. I liked the sentiments enough to keep them.. even if it is an ad for them. Hey, I like Motorola.

"We think much more about the use of our money, which is renewable, than we do about the use of our time, which is irreplaceable." -- Jean-Louis Servan-Schriber, author of The Art Of Time

If you want to know how to organise your life, look at what's important to you. If you want to know what's important to you, look at how you use your time. Set priorities for a balanced life and maximise your time so that "have to's" still leave time for "want to's".

Time - there never seems to be enough of it. So what's the solution? Lifestyle management experts say you can avoid time crunches through planning and effective use of modern technology.

You can live a balanced life by transforming wasted time into well-used time. And you can find more free time in your day to relax. You just have to know where to look.

To achieve a balanced lifestyle, take time each day for activities in eight general areas: health, family, career, intellectual pursuits, spiritual growth, financial planning, social life and recreation, and personal enrichment.

Stop daily tasks from robbing all your time. Planning gives you back some of that time, opening up your options for spending it in a way that fulfils your lifestyle choices. Likewise, smart use of modern technologies can save time for the things you want to do.

Just what are people doing with their time? Studies indicate that you will spend about two years of your life playing "telephone tag". Think of how much time could be saved by using a pager. And you maintain control - you don't have to return the call if you don't want to.

You'll also spend five years waiting in lines, four years shifting priorities, three years sitting in meetings, and one year searching through clutter. On average, you'll be interrupted 73 times a day, take one hour of work home, converse with your spouse four minutes, play with your children two minutes and consider goals one minute.

Strike a balance. There is really no such thing as "time management". Time marches on, with or without us. It's the management of details that will make your time more productive.

People will always be busy. The key is to organise your time so that precious minutes for the "life" we're all supposed to have start adding up. And quality time doesn't have to take long. Twenty minutes a day talking to your spouse about goals and dreams can work wonders. Spending an hour a couple of nights a week reading to your child can enrich a lifetime.

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