By mastering the art of reflection, leaders can deploy their full cognitive powers and reclaim their time. Time is one of life’s most valuable possessions. Moreover, it is something you can never get back once it has gone. Subsequently, one of the most essential life skills to master is time management. Learning to make our time count for something is the objective. But it takes the art of reflection to really master time management.
In this increasingly fast-paced and interconnected world, you probably find yourself interacting more and more with digital technology. Whilst there are obvious benefits to digital technology, it’s important to take a balanced approach to its usage. Reflect on the prevalence and impact of your digital technology usage. Especially when it comes to your ability to achieve your goals and objectives. Ask yourself, if the decisions you make regarding digital technology usage impeding your path to your goals and objectives?
The lie of being “busy”
Many people are limited by time restraints in their life and refuse to do things because they are “busy”. Yet when they examine how they spend their time, they could definitely spare some of their free time doing other things. When we analyse how we spend our time, we realise we are actually not “that” busy. There are better ways we could be spending our time. Spend your time the way you want to spend it. But don’t be a slave to your bad habits.
Our world is becoming increasingly filled with distractions. Information moves faster, louder and brighter. Entertainment, social media and marketing are more prevalent than ever. They beg for our attention and our focus, diverting our minds from more important work. Over time, these distractions can become engrained in our psyche and form part of our habitual routines.
A time stock take
Take a “time stock take” by tracking your time and completing a time budget. The results may surprise you, especially when you extrapolate them out individually and collectively over a longer period. You may find you can redirect time to something more beneficial such as improving your health and wellness, expanding your knowledge and skill set, and improving your personal finances. If you find you don’t have the time to commit to your goals and objectives, it might be worthwhile taking a time stock take.
When we manage time wisely, we minimise stress and improve our overall quality of life.