The Time Waster’s Guide to Time Management

Time management, a concept only truly grasped by a lucky few. Being able to manage ones time efficiently is often a task met with much difficulty. When actually met with the task of managing ones time, the most common response is to simply push it back and do it later while uttering the phrase “I still have plenty of time to do that”. This is actually quite a useful phrase and can be used in response to many situations. For example, “Why haven’t you cleaned your room yet?” or “Did you do your homework?”. On a cautionary note, this phrase is not recommended in response to questions such as “Did you file the paperwork that was due last week?” or “When are you going to start taking this relationship seriously?”. (This blog does not take responsibility for any lost jobs or breakups due to improper use of the aforementioned phrase)

I for one have always struggled with the concept of time management. I am very guilty of applying the technique mentioned above which I like to call “The art of doing everything at the last possible moment” otherwise known as procrastination . Procrastination is well-known for its ability to render long periods of time completely void of anything productive or of value. Procrastination basically just tricks your brain into thinking that there are actually 36 hours in a day and therefore you still have plenty of time to do the task at hand. Just for the record, I looked it up and there aren’t actually 36 hours in a day, I’m still yet to be fully convinced but apparently there’s only 24 hours. I’ll just let that sink in for a second for those of you like myself who had been living a lie up until today. Now that you have come to the realization that there are considerably less hours in a day than your brain had previously led you to believe, how will you make time to do all the things you were barely managing to fit into 36 hours?

In all honestly , I don’t actually have any answers or any useful advise. However, if you are currently sitting there looking for an excuse to put off taking the rubbish out for an extra minute or two, look no further. I really don’t know why I procrastinate as much as I do, generally I have nothing better to do with my time. However, for some bizarre reason simply having the idea in the back of my head that something has to be done by a certain time or date results in me losing any sense of urgency towards doing that thing. I feel that sometimes I would actually do things faster and more efficiently if I knew their wasn’t a set time I had to finish them by.  The biggest hurdle I have identified as stopping me from being more time efficient is the fact that there are too many distractions. Sometimes I’m tempted to write a letter of complaint to the person who invented the internet. If it wasn’t for them I probably would have two doctorates, play 5 instruments and be fluent in 8 languages by now.  Obviously the answer to this is to simply get rid of those distractions, namely the internet. Unfortunately, it just so happens that most of the things that I need to do require the internet. Basically I am stuck in a ‘catch-22’ situation.

This blog has actually taken me quite a while to write mainly because I have been procrastinating even while writing. I have spent about 20 minutes just reading about the guy who invented the internet then another 10 minutes or so reading about catch-22. Did you know that the term catch-22 was first used to describe absurd bureaucratic constraints on soldiers in World War II? (courtesy of Wikipedia). At this point I’m just trying to think of more things I can write to prolong this blog. There goes another 10 minutes. I did have the idea of streaming myself writing these blogs, I’m sure it would be truly riveting stuff. Well I think it’s about time I went back to doing that thing that I should probably be doing, and you should probably take out that rubbish soon.

As always, Thanks for reading and have a great week.

 

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