Lucius Annaeus Seneca was a Roman Stoic Philosopher, statesman, dramatist and in one work humorist, of the silver age of Latin Literature.
He writes, many of us complain of having less time for our health, family and learning new skills, but we often ignore the fact how bad we are at time management skills.
It is not that we have short space of TIME, but that we waste much of it.
Seneca advice is applicable at the workplace and in personal life. We are so much involved in social media wasting more than 40% of our day time.
Attachment to this social platform has resulted in 50% decrease in work productivity and attention span.
It is almost impossible for us to get up early in the morning without touching our cellphones and reading the social status of people.
Life is long enough and all it is given in a sufficiently generous amount to achieve greater success if invested well. But if is used carelessly with no good intention, it will pass away and you will not be able to reclaim it at any cost. No one knows that its their last time, we are using time like immortal.
Just as princely wealth can be scattered in no time when handled by bad owner, same goes with time management skills. While wealth however, can be earned if lost, but time once passed will never return. Yet we offer time to people as if it is unlimited and utilize wealth as if limited.
Also in today’s world, we are so much focused on the success and wealth of others that we have lost insight on ourselves. Success and Wealth can be earned, but time cannot be earned or reclaimed at any point.
Imagine your friend wasting money on useless things, what will be your advice to him?. Yet we never observe ourselves wasting time on the useless activity.
As a student. you understand the value of 1 year when comes to pass an examination. Value of 1 month if you lost the job. Value of 1 day if you miss the deadline. Value of 1 hour if you missed the train and value of 1 second if you luckily survived the accident.
“People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy – Seneca
Marcus Aurelius was a a emperor of Roman and one of the five great emperor who ruled Rome.
According to Aurelius, we are constantly focus on the judgement of the happening. We waste half of our life time on judging ourselves and others with no good reason. Instead of focusing on present we waste our life on past and future for which we have absolutely no control.
Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.” “We live only now. Everything else is either passed or is unknown.”
Brian talks about how to stop procrastinate in work and personal life. Most simple and important habit to save your time is to
Think on paper – Whatever you plan it has to be on paper, this habit will save most of your time. When plans are on paper it has more chance to be executed. Napoleon Hill writes, when you put your idea on paper, it enters your subconscious mind more effectively.
Planning should be done in advance – Planning in advance helps you to priorities work based on the urgency. You know how 80/20 principle works. 20% of your task often accounts to 80% of work done.
Break your large task in small task – The journey of large league start with single step. Complete your task in slice rather than going for whole. When you complete the small task you get the confidence to go along with other task successfully.
Stay away from electronic distractions – Most of the time we get busy in checking mails and messages on phone at work place which has nothing to do with our work. This results in low productivity and low attention span.
Robin says, to be successful in today’s world you need to be more focused than to be intelligent. We see all people consuming their most valuable time on social feeds. This is the most amazing time to achieve success because all the mass population in busy on their little white screen.
Only 5% of population is successful not because they have high IQ or quality education, it is just that they are away from all distractions. They spend their quality time on real work which has more impact rather then spending on fake work.
He talks about his 90/90/1 rule – For next 90 days spend first 90 minutes on single work which can impact your lifestyle. Our first hour of the day is the most important hour as it results in maximum productivity. Researches have shown that morning hours are most productive hours, we are more focused and with highest will power.
IN a book ‘THE ONE THING’ Gary keller writes that everyday our will power get depleted as we use it. Most of will power is drained in emotions and distractions, when you drain all your will power you can no more motivate yourself. So first hour of day should be focus on valuable work.
Vishen is author of Book ‘Code of Extraordinary Mind’ and ‘Buddha and The Badass’
Vishen talks about the how sleep is important to achieve higher productivity. Long hours of work does not mean we are productive, it is the quality time spend actually matters most.
He also talk on how 6 Phase meditation helps him get most out of the day. Meditation reboots your mind and due to which your performance is at whole new level.