Friday, 20 July 2012

“Spend Your Time Wisely” - Professor M.S.Rao

"Time is a finite resource and we all place infinite demands on it. I view time as an opportunity, as a chance to make choices about how I spend that resource -- because it is our choice. And that's something people often forget." -- Maggie Wilderotter

When I asked my students what is the biggest gift they can give to others, they came up with several responses such as money, gold, property, and so on. But I replied them that it is the time they can gift to others as our life spans are fixed, and when you spend your precious time then you have gifted a part of your precious life.

Benjamin Franklin said that time was money but I would like to assert that time is more than money as you can earn money but not the spent time.  Time is like a river that flows and the river doesn’t flow back.  People often talk of managing their time but some assert that ‘time management’ is a misnomer. There are a number of books on time management, and it shows the growing attention time is drawing globally.  

Pareto Principle says that people spend 80 percent of their time on the activities that give 20 percent results and they spend 20 percent of their time on the activities that give 80 percent results. Hence, there is a need to spot the areas where people spend unnecessarily to eliminate time wasters and to maximize the results. It is popularly known as 80:20 principle, and it is applied in other areas also. Let us look at the possible areas where people waste their precious time so that they will be able to identify and make use of their time judiciously.

Some people gossip for long time on irrelevant issues.  It wastes their precious time. Unwanted telephone calls, standing in queues for long hours, and uninvited guests to name a few are the reasons for wastage of time. We cannot avoid certain things but we can take care to contain time wasters. People also waste their time on internet and especially students spend a lot of time on unwanted websites including Facebook.  Facebook is a social networking site that can be used in a limited way not to the extent of sitting for long hours continuously at the cost of studies and other important activities.

In order to find out where you are wasting your time, write a diary for a month of activities that you do daily against the each activity you spend.  Then you analyze where you spent your time constructively and spot the left over time where you spent your time unproductively. Try to eliminate unproductive activities and fill with constructive activities.

When you have a lot of activities classify them as follows: A stands for the activities that are urgent and important.  B stands for the activities that are not urgent but important. C stands for the activities that require your attention but can be taken care of later. D stands for the activities that can be delegated to others.  E stands for the activities that don’t require any attention and are meaningless that can be eliminated. Hence, when you have so many activities classify them as discussed and work on, and you will spend your time wisely and find amazing qualitative outcomes.  This concept is known as ‘ABCDE’ of time management.

Remember if you waste one second you have wasted one second of your life as God gifted us a fixed lifespan.  Learn to spend your time wisely to lead your life constructively, peacefully and happily.

“Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.” - Thomas Edison

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