Showing posts with label Time Management. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Time Management. Show all posts

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Manage your time well

”Be careful, then, how you live—not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time.” - Ephesians 5:15-16a

The other day, my son came back from school and said to me, "Dada, one of my friends' dad wants him to work 25 hours a waking up early."

All of us, we struggle with making the most of your time, feeling as if there’s just not enough time in each day.   Well, we have to remember we all have the same amount of time: one hundred sixty-eight hours a week, twenty-four hours a day. The key is making the most of our time. This is a spiritual, as well as practical, issue.

Scripture says, “Be careful, then, how you live, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time.” So how do you do that? List the top three to five priorities of your life. This list will help you prioritize how you spend your time.

Concentrate on what’s most important, and major on the majors. As you approach each day, write down the most important thing you need to do, commit to do it, then go to the second most important thing and do it. Do not allow distractions in between.

Effective time management is an important discipline to have, in order to live the successful life. So let's get with it before our time runs out in this short life span.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Value of time

To realize The value of a sister: Ask someone who doesn’t have one.

To realize The value of ten years: Ask a newly Divorced couple.

To realize The value of four years: Ask a graduate.

To realize The value of one year: Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize The value of nine months: Ask a mother who gave birth to a still born.

To realize The value of one month: Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize The value of one week: Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize The value of one hour: Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize The value of one minute: Ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize The value of one-second: Ask a person who has survived an accident…

To realize The value of one millisecond: Ask the person who won that bronze medal in the Olympics!

To realize the value of a friend: Lose one.

Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Work Smarter

Once a young hot-blooded man joined a group of older folks, who were chopping wood in a jungle.

This young man was very hard working. He always continued to work through his break time and complained that those older folks were wasting time, having to break few times a day to drink and chat. As time went by, this young man noticed that even though he worked through break time and hardly took a rest, those older folks were chopping the same amount of trees as he did and sometimes did more than what he did. It was as if those old folks were more productive than he was. So he decided to work harder the next day. Unfortunately the results were even worse.

One day, one of the older folk invited him for a drink during their break time. The young man refused and said he has no extra time to spend.  Then the old man smiled to him and said,

“It is just a waste of effort to keep chopping trees without re-sharpening your Axe. Sooner or later you will give up or be so exhausted as you have spent too much energy.”

Suddenly the young man realized that actually during break times while those old folks were having a chat, they were also re-sharpening their Axe at the same time. That's how they could chop faster than him and yet spend lesser time. The old man said what we need is efficiency by making use of our skill and ability intelligently. Only then can we have more time to do other things.  Else, you will always be complaining of ‘no time’.

While working long hours, by taking a short break during work, it would make you feel fresher, think well and work better after a break. But by taking a break, it is not to stop work, instead to rest and re-think your strategy to go about it from another angle.

Moral: Work smarter; not harder.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Big rocks

One day, an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget.

As he stood in front of the group of high-powered overachievers he said,

"Okay, time for a quiz" and he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouth mason jar and set it on the table in front of him. He also produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar.

When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, "Is this jar full?" Everyone in the class yelled, "Yes."

The time management expert replied, "Really?" He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. He dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks. He then asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?"

By this time the class was on to him. "Probably not," one of them answered.

"Good!" he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in the jar and it went into all of the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, "Is this jar full?" "No!" the class shouted.

Once again he said, "Good." Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked at the class and asked, "What is the point of this illustration?"

One eager beaver raised his hand and said, "The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard you can always fit some more things in it!"

"No," the speaker replied, "that's not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don't put the big rocks in first, you'll never get them in at all."

What are the 'big rocks' in your life, time with your loved ones, your faith, your education, your dreams, a worthy cause, teaching or mentoring others? Remember to put these big rocks in first or you'll never get them in at all. So, tonight, or in the morning, when you are reflecting on this short story, ask yourself this question: What are the 'big rocks' in my life? Then, put those in your jar first.

You can do it.  I know you can.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The red light

Two men were in a car when they had to stop at a red signal light. The man at the wheel did not say anything.

The other man by his side, fretting and fuming, said, "The time we waste at these red lights - why, a man could write a book!"

The driver still said nothing.

Finally the man beside him said, "Didn't you hear what I said?"


"How come?"

"I was talking."

"Whom were you talking to?"

"I was talking to God," he said. "I've been making it a practice every time I get to a red light to pray for one of my friends. It is wonderful how many folks I have on my prayer list and how many I have time to pray for in this way."

Credits: Arthur Bietz

Saturday, October 31, 2009

DST ends tonight

Daylight savings time for 2009 ends tonight.  From tomorrow, Nov 1, we change an hour back on our clocks.  The way to remember it is,
Spring forward, Fall back.  

Without changing the time if you arrive at church tomorrow, you'll find that you arrived an hour early.

If you seldom shut down your home computer/laptop during weekdays, try shutting it down and restarting it tomorrow morning.  This applies to majority of our home electronics as well.

Why don't you take up the task of resetting all home electronics and clocks as young responsible adults? The list includes:

Wall clocks - cuckoo clocks need to be checked for chime too.
Alarm Clock
Cell Phones - your's and your parents'
Home theater
Music system
Microwave oven(s)
Cooking range
Certain washer/dryers
Video games
Picture frames

The last place to change the time is on your parents car(s).

It is also a good idea to change the battery of your smoke alarm at home.

If you undertake the task of changing time on all equipments at home, please come to me and collect your bonus points.

Atomic clocks are supposed to receive radio signals from the master clock in Colorado and synchronize themselves.  It is supposed to adjust itself during DST - that's what I believed until I had this experience.

At home we have an atomic clock and I was confident it will adjust time automatically.  Last march, I told everyone at home that it IS the right time, since it synchronizes itself with the master clock, and we don't have to change the time on it.  I went on and explained the technology behind it, how the energy levels of the caesium 133 atom drives the time, how superior it is compared to swiss watches or the quartz crystals, how it adjusts itself to even a microsecond, how GPS technology will not work without it, how internet time synchronization is important, and all that good stuff.  My family was impressed at our atomic clock.  They were stunned at the accuracy and precision the clock provided.  They felt that nothing can go wrong when we have such wonderful clock at home.

On Sunday morning, my son Chris called me and said, "Dada, the atomic clock is incorrect."  I reminded him about it's accuracy once again and told him, "Chris, that IS the right time."

"But dada... " Chris said.  "it is off by an hour from our other clocks."

I said, "Let me check."

I took down the priced atomic clock from the wall, only to find out that the 'auto synchronization' setting was not turned on.  My face turned red and it certainly was an embarrassing moment.

"Let's all get ready and run to church... we are gonna be late...Chris, you hurry up... " I said.. hiding the embarrassment, and wondering if my wife heard it.  She certainly was listening to what was going on, and had that familiar smile on her face.

Friday, September 4, 2009

One day at a time

There are two days in every week about which we should not worry about. Two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

One of these days is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed. We cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone!!

The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow, with its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise and poor performance. Tomorrow is beyond our immediate control. Tomorrow’s sun will rise, whether in splendor or behind a mask of clouds. But it will rise. Until it does we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn.

This leaves only one day: TODAY.

Anybody can fight the battles of just one day. It is when you and I add the burdens of two awful eternities – yesterday and tomorrow, that we break down.

It is not necessarily the experience of today that disturbs one’s peace of mind. It is often times the bitterness for something which happened yesterday and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.

Let us therefore live one day at a time - TODAY.

--- Author Unknown ---

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

10 TM tips

Time Management Tips For High School Students

It's 11:57 p.m.—Do You Know Where Your Homework Is?

Does it seem like there's never enough time in the day to get everything done? Feel like you're always running late? Here are some tips for taking control of your time and organizing your life.

1. Make a "To Do" List Every Day.
Put things that are most important at the top and do them first. If it's easier, use a planner to track all of your tasks. And don't forget to reward yourself for your accomplishments.

2. Use Spare Minutes Wisely.
Get some reading done on the bus ride home from school, for example, and you'll kill two birds with one stone.

3. It's Okay to Say "No."
If you are working part time and your boss asks you to work on a Thursday night and you have a final exam the next morning, realize that it's okay to say 'No'. Keep your short- and long-term priorities in mind.

4. Find the Right Time.
You'll work more efficiently if you figure out when you do your best work. For example, if your brain handles math better in the afternoon, don't wait to do it until late at night.

5. Review Your Notes Every Day.
You'll reinforce what you've learned, so you need less time to study. You'll also be ready if your teacher calls on you or gives a pop quiz.

6. Get a Good Night's Sleep.
Running on empty makes the day seem longer and your tasks seem more difficult.

7. Communicate Your Schedule to Others.
If phone calls are proving to be a distraction, tell your friends that you take social calls from 7-8 p.m. It may sound silly, but it helps.

8. Become a Taskmaster.
Figure out how much free time you have each week. Give yourself a time budget and plan your activities accordingly.

9. Don't Waste Time Agonizing.
Have you ever wasted an entire evening by worrying about something that you're supposed to be doing? Was it worth it? Instead of agonizing and procrastinating, just do it.

10. Keep Things in Perspective.
Setting goals that are unrealistic sets you up for failure. While it's good to set high goals for yourself, be sure not to overdo it. Set goals that are difficult yet reachable.

Consider these tips, but personalize your habits so that they suit you. If you set priorities that fit your lifestyle, you'll have a better chance of achieving your goals.

Credits: College Board

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Don't wait

This is a story that makes you see why you should live each day as if it were your last.

There was a guy that was born with cancer. A cancer that has no known cure. He was 17 years old and could die at any moment. He was always at home, under his mother's care.

One day he decided to go out, even if it was just once. He asked his mother for permission and she agreed. Walking down his block he saw many stores. Stopping at a music store he looked in and saw a very pretty girl of his own age, it was love at first sight and he walked in.

He walked up to the counter were the girl was. She smiled at him and asked "Can I help you with anything?"

The guy could only think that it was the most beautiful smile he had ever seen and stuttered, "Well, ummm, I'd like to buy a... ". He grabbed the first CD he saw and gave her the money.

"Do you want me to wrap it?" the smiling girl asked. The guy said yes and the girl went into the back room to wrap it. The guy took the wrapped CD and walked home.

From that day on he visited the music store everyday, and each day he bought a CD. And each day the girl wrapped them up and the guy stored them unopened in his closet.

He was a very shy boy, and although he tried he couldn't find the nerve to ask the girl out. His mother noticed this and encouraged him.

The next day the guy set out for the store with a determined mind, like the previous days he bought a CD and the girl wrapped it as usual. While she was busy he left his telephone on the counter and rushed out of the store.

The following day the guy didn't visit the store, and the girl called him. His mother answered the phone, wondering who it could be. It was the girl from the music store! She asked to speak with her son and his mother started crying. The girl asked her what was the matter. "Don't you know? He died yesterday." There was a long silence on the phone.

Later that afternoon the guy's mother entered his room to remember her son. She decided to start with his closet, and to her surprised she saw a big pile of unopened CDs wrapped in festive paper. She was curious because there were so many of them, and she opened one. As she tore open the package she noticed a slip of paper that said: "Hi! You're cute, I would love to meet you. Let's go out some time. Sophie"

The mother started crying as she opened another, and another, and another. Every single CD contained a slip of paper that said the same.

Moral: That's the way life is, don't wait to show those special people the way you feel, tomorrow could be too late. Manage the time you have today, to it's fullest extend.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Equal opportunity employer

Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day.

Rich people can't buy more time. Scientists can't invent new minutes. And you can't save time to spend on another day.

Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you've wasted in the past, you still have an entire today.

Time is worth more than money, and by killing time, we are killing our own chances of success. Success depends upon using time wisely - by planning and setting priorities.

So, let's use the time we have on hand today, in the best possible way, to our advantage.