Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Time Management By Event Control – The Value Paradigm

Do You Add VALUE to Your Life when You SPEND Your Time

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 add value – yes, ask yourself, are you adding enough value to your life when you spend a time, 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 are not.

You must learn to distinguish between what you can control and what you cannot control and focus on those events you can control and 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 - it is a product of the mind, of attitude, of thought.

So the best way 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 anything that you do not value or doesn’t make you happy.  
In case it is not possible to totally avoid 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 and 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 an 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, stop going to meetings or doing wasteful activities at work. In your personal life too, try to avoid people and events that bore you.

Reclaim all your trivial uses of time so you have more time for yourself, people you care about and 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.

Use the Time Management by Event Control technique.

Spend Time, Add Value. 

Copyright © Vikram Karve 2011
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About Vikram Karve

A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 14 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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