Using Time Effectively
Time never stops for anyone. It is the most perishable commodity I have ever come across. You waste it, it never comes back. It is therefore important for us to understand the value of time and ensure that we utilize the same effectively for ourselves and the people around us.
When I was a young boy, I happened to learn some good habits from my father. Even though it was initially painful and I was always upset at the strict attitude of my father who ensured that these practices were adhered to, brought a sea change for me in my life. He was very mindful of the fact that we all have limited time and we should not allow that to get wasted. My brother and me would start our day as early as four in the morning. While the summers were tolerable, winters were very cold. Getting up so early was very difficult for both of us. However, when my father waked us up every day, he had already started the fire and would have created a cozy warm atmosphere for us to start our morning studies.
Every day we spend three hours in the morning for studies and the morning time helped us retain and learn things much better. I saved a lot of time in my studies because of that. Every evening we were packed to the playground to practice the game of hockey and keep ourselves physically fit.
While we followed this strict regime, most of my friends slept till late and preferred to loiter around instead of playing some serious games. Almost all of them had to struggle lot more to study and still they were short of time.
Even today, I value my time very much. Any free time is spent in reading good books, playing games to keep myself fit and writing books and articles to keep my mind occupied positively when I am not working. I even use my time effectively to engage with my family and ensure that they do not suffer due to my busy schedule. I ensure that time wasting elements like watching television for long hours, indulging in gossips or sitting on social sites for long time is avoided at all cost. I maintain a tracker of things to do and try my best to follow my open tasks till their logical closure.
Practice of some of the difficult activities I do, help me gain enough experience that helps me reduce my efforts subsequently. I use my experience and utilize my spare time in trying out new things that would help me in doing my work better and faster.
While I have seen good success due to my childhood regime that helped build a discipline in me, I always feel that it is not late for anyone to adopt good practices at any point in their life. Saving time and utilizing your time effectively will open up a lot of new opportunities both in your personal and professional life.