Wednesday, May 16, 2012

DO YOU ADD VALUE WHEN YOU SPEND TIME - TIME MANAGEMENT BASICS - The Value of Time - Time Management by Event Control

The Value of 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. But does doing that activity add value?

Yes, ask yourself, are you adding enough value to your life when you spend a time?

Remember that Time is a vital resource. Once you spend Time, those moments of time are gone forever and you can never replenish time, like other resources.

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 - happiness is a product of your mind, of attitude, of thought.

So the best way is to spend maximum time on activities and events which give you a sense of fulfillment and happiness and with persons who elevate you and make you happy (high value” use of Time).
What are these high value activities? What is the highest value of time?
Your highest value use of time comprises doing 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. Don't let people dictate you on how to use your time and don't fall into the conformance trap in your time management.

Slow down. Avoid symptoms of 
Hurry Sickness”.

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. Make sure that technology does not deplete the value of your time (avoid the the technology trap).

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

In your personal life too, try to avoid people, activities and events that bore you or hassle you or waste your time and lead to low value use of time.

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

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

Make sure you Add Value when you Spend Time.

Copyright © Vikram Karve 2012
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Lost and Found said...

Vikramji, I should totally hire you as a personal advisor/guide or something. You give such great advice! And I know that this one is for me so I will absolutely follow every bit of it. It really makes sense to me. Thank you!

Vikram Waman Karve said...

@ Lost and Found - Thanks for your nice words. If my advice helps my readers - well then my day is made!
Wish you Happy Moments and all the Happiness and joy