Tuesday, July 28, 2015

TIME MANAGEMENT – Part 2 – “Time Management” is “Event Control”

TIME MANAGEMENT  – Part 2

Revised Abridged and Updated Version of My Article on Time Management Written by me 10 Years Ago in the Year 2005...

TIME MANAGEMENT IS EVENT CONTROL
Musings
By
VIKRAM KARVE  
 
Time is a series or succession of events.

Controlling life means controlling time.

Controlling time means controlling events.

Thus  “Time Management” is “Event Control”
 
Time Management is inextricably linked with event control  and boils down to selecting, planning and managing your events or activities.

For every event or activity you do  you spend time  and you add value.

Yes  ask yourself:

Are you adding enough value to your life  when you spend your time?

Time is a vital resource  which once you spend  is gone forever  and you can never replenish.

This value-addition can be in various domains – material, intellectual, familial, health, spiritual – and spending more time on a certain activity  may get you value-addition benefits in the domain of your interest  your cardinal values.
 
Do you value happiness?

If so – how much time are you spending on activities that make you happy?

It is in your hands to exercise control on your activities, actions and events.

If you can control the events in your life – you can manage your time  and achieve inner peace and happiness. 

Some events are in your control  and some events are not in your control.

You must learn to distinguish between what you can control – and what you cannot control.

Then  you can focus on those events you can control.

Focussing on events you can control will enable you to gradually increase your span of control.
 
As long as you live your life in such a way  that your happiness is dependent upon things you cannot control  you will be a puppet in the hands of external circumstances and entities.

Remember happiness happens “inside-out”  not “outside-in”.

Happiness comes from within you  not to you from outside.

Happiness is a product of your mind, your attitude, your thought.

So – the best way to be happy is to spend maximum time on high value activities.
 
What are these high value activities? 

What is the highest value of time?
 
Your highest value use of time comprise things  which advance your overall purpose in life  and activities you love to do.

Introspect – analyze  and find out your own high value  and low value  uses of time.
 
You have all the time in the world.

Reflect on what really matters to you.

Stop doing things that you do not value.

Avoid things that do not make you happy.  
 
In case it is not possible to totally avoid those activities, things and people who do not add value to your life – you can at least try to reduce the time your spend on such low value activities/people to a bare minimum  and gradually try to phase them out of your life.
 
Be eccentric in your use of time.

Slow down.

Purge your diary.

Allow at least one hour each day for exercise that you enjoy. 

Even if you are not athletic – you will still enjoy a good walk with a friend  or with yourself. 

Yes – you must spend high value time with yourself.

Use your cell phone, internet and other modern technology for those activities that add value to your life.

As long as it won’t get you fired from your job – stop going to meetings  or doing wasteful activities at work. 

In your personal life too  try to avoid people and events that bore you or hassle you.

Reclaim all your trivial uses of time – so you have more time for yourself – and for people you care about – and for things you value the most.

So before you spend time on something or someone – ask yourself whether you are adding value to your life by spending time on that activity or entity. 

Reduce your low value use of time to the barest minimum  and focus on high value use of time.

Try out the Time Management by Event Control technique.

Aim to Add Value when you Spend Time.

VIKRAM KARVE
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Disclaimer:
1. This is based on my personal experience. It may or may not work for you. So please do due diligence before trying out this technique.
2. All stories in this blog are a work of fiction. Events, Places, Settings and Incidents narrated in the story are a figment of my imagination. The characters do not exist and are purely imaginary. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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This is a Revised and Updated Version of My Article SPEND TIME ADD VALUE written by me in the years 2005 and and posted online earlier a number of times in my blogs at urls: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2010/03/time-management-value-paradigm.html  and  http://creative.sulekha.com/do-you-add-value-when-you-spend-your-time_386317_blog  and  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2012/02/time-management-add-value-when-you.html
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