Struggling With Punctuality? Here’s Your Way Out

People today are busy beings. Buzzing with activities all round the clock. Flooding brim full task lists are now commonplace. But even with this all round busyness, some stuff still lingers on – never getting done and punctuality has become elusive to many.

Simply put, a lot of people are busy but not productive.

In a bid to catch up, many have resorted to multitasking. But this isn’t the solution either as studies have shown that the back and forth switch between tasks literally drains the brain of energy reserves. This takes away focus which leads to distracted work and thus isn’t productive.

To break it down to the bits, all efforts directed towards managing time seems to fail and many are left not knowing what to do.

But Here’s the thing: Time management in itself doesn’t work because time is a finite resource which can never be redeemed when lost. All other resources can in some way be recovered but not. It is simply irrevocable.

So instead of trying to manage the time you have, why don’t you take ownership and responsibility of it. Take charge and control of how you use it. 

Since everyone has 24 hours each day during which all activities can be done and time spent, so the amount of time available is not the problem but how it is spent.

There are four active ways we spend our time

  • On Thinking 
  • In Discussions
  • On Actions
  • On Distractions 

On Thinking: 

A large chunk of our time is spent in the thought world. Humans think a lot. Thinking is important because it helps us recognize what needs to be done, the alternative ways to getting it done and choosing the best way to get it done. Thinking when done well can help us move forward and become better every day. 

In Discussions:

Unlike thinking which is an individual thing, discussions are group behaviors. From the face to face word of mouth chat to instant messaging and forums, discussions take another large portion of our time daily. Most communication fall under this category. It helps us hear the views of others and thus contribute in shaping our way of life. 

On Actions: 

This essentially entails doing; doing that which we have chosen after thinking or hearing the views of others in discussions. Actions are what produces results. They are the tangible ways we spend our time. Unfortunately, most people don’t take action. They simply think and talk but never do. Resultantly, they are always struggling with punctuality and procrastination

On Distractions:

These are good for only one thing – keeping you away from getting what you need. Distractions are the number one cause of lateness, procrastination and goal failure. They simply derail you from track of what you aim for and thus you are left struggling with punctuality always. Distractions can come in many ways mostly subtle as checking your email or instant messenger and bold as “let me go on a walk, I’d get back to this later.” They cause straying away from goal leaving you a failure. Flee from them! 

Your choice of how much moments, seconds, minutes and hours you give each of these active ways determine what you get done by the end of the day and ultimately how closer or farther away from your goals you get.

Make your choice. Don’t let others choose how you spend your time. As billionaire Warren Buffet has said:

“You can’t let other people set your agenda in life.”

Begin by asking yourself, what tasks do I need to do today? And how much time does each task need? Allocate time to all your tasks and fight off distraction. This is essentially scheduling.

Also, recognize and attend to urgent tasks (opportunities that can’t wait) while you work on the not so urgent ones too.

Ending Notes

Taking responsibility for time ownership and usage will help you stick to schedules and deadlines, deal with urgent tasks and that’s how you get to achieve a lot more. 

Don’t just be busy be productive.

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One Stealth Way You are Wasting Time (And What to do About it) 

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We all want to do all we need to do. Optimising time usage is a craving for everyone but most people are not happy with how they use their daily 24 hours. There’s always this feeling of regret and bitterness over time wasted.

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Five Great Android Calendar Apps for Scheduling your Tasks

A couple of weeks ago I told you about a so neglected yet needful tool to task attainment – Scheduling. If you missed the post you should read it here.

In that post I promised to come up with a list of great apps to help you in scheduling. They are mostly called calendar apps or simply to-do list apps.

As a writer, student, entrepreneur they help me organize my activities hence I usually end my day with loads of cleared tasks. They’d do same for you!

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One basic truth about making your life count

The issue

There is this certain surge by people today to live a life of purpose. To answer a call to their life’s work (vocation). This increased interest is well reflected in the increasing amount of publications on this subject in recent years. Some of these include Jeff Goins’ Art of work, Frances Okoro’s 10 steps to walking in purpose, Daniel Nicolas’ Innate Abilities, Wilson Biyama’s Purpose, the ultimate pursuit and a host of others. The list is endless. All these are geared towards teaching people to walk in purpose; to live for a cause; to live a life that is worth the days you’ve got; to making your life count.
I know these books had taught you a lot about this subject.
But, the question remains: how exactly do you make your life count? What is the nitty-gritty involved in making your life count?
Well, this post would tell you about a basic truth about this subject.

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2016 A New Year – Here’s my article

It is a New Year.

It’s 2016.

Everybody out there is busy wishing. Wishing that 2016 goes successfully, that they get this and that and other cool stuff. Wishing is very good it indicates hope and life.

2016
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But, I want you to see 2016 in another way. In a whole New Perspective.

A New Perspective.

I want you to view the year 2016 as a new book containing 366 pages. You decide what you write on each of those pages. To make 2016 a successful year you need to see each moment as an opportunity. Begin to see the goldmine in every second. Kayode Ajomole of Decounsellor would say “you need to wear an opportunity lens”. The way you look at everyday circumstances determines the way you think about them, the way you act towards them and thus your attitude.

I would like you to remember to :

  1. Set A goal for 2016 for he who fails to plan, plans to fail.
  2. Schedule your tasks to save time.
  3. Prioritize your tasks to save resources.
  4. Be happy and
  5. Be Yourself.

Additionally, you should tag the year – it’s cool. For instance I call 2016

“My year of Multiple Distinctions, Divine Breakthroughs and Continued Excellence.”

So go and have a Happy New Year.

 

Journal writing a quick way to get writing done

I know you’ve heard a lot about note taking. It’s in your Secondary or high school and college or university curriculum, it is been spoken about in different writers’ interactions. But please hear me out.

I’ve not always been a fan of writing on the go. I prefer sitting down fully concentrating on the piece am writing but guess what I found out of recent?

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How to handle lots of work through multitasking

Introduction

In a world where we all have targets to reach and goals to attain, it is common sight to find one person with lots of things to do. The reason why tasks are enormous can’t be far from the goals we have as individual and businesses thus the amount of work load depends on our target. For instance students have the challenge of balancing attendance to class and studying their books alongside their social life. Some people work in two or more different places aiming at income boost this also explains why Continue reading