What are your practical tips in managing your time?
Here’s the thing, time goes on. You can’t manage time, right? You can’t manage something that you can really, you have no control of. Time goes on, whether you want it or not. The seconds keep ticking whether you want it or not.
And we all have 24 hours a day. I don’t have a minute more than you do. You don’t have a minute more than I do. So you don’t manage your time, you manage your priorities and you manage your energy. Those are two things that you manage. You have to make sure that your energy is a hundred percent on the things that matter and on the things that don’t really matter, you could be a lot less than a hundred percent. No problem. Because you’re reserving that energy for the things that matter.
Again, the things that matter, give it your a hundred percent. Give it your best. As written from the Bible, whether you eat or drink, do it all for the glory of God. Do your best. If the president of Japan asks you to do something for their country or for him, it would be an honor. Right? It’s going to be an honor and you’d probably do your best with that request. So why not the same with the King of Kings God in Heaven, right? It’s an honor to do your best for Him on the things that matter most. So you reserve a hundred percent of your energy there. You manage energy and you manage priority.
Now priority is the thing that matters most. Because it is not right if everything is my priority. If everything is your priority, then nothing is priority. There’s only three things, really, three major things that you can do within your day in terms of work output. So you make sure that’s priority. And those three things, those three major things will get a hundred percent of my energy. That is really the idea surrounding what people call time management. But in reality, you can’t really manage time. You manage energy and you manage priority.
How do you get things done?
Well, how? You give it your best. You tackle it a hundred percent with focus. Make sure you’re not distracted. Well, there are some clients I have, they don’t like my habit of turning my phone to do not disturb mode because they couldn’t call me or message me and I would reply a lot later. But the reason why I put my cell phone on do not disturb mode is, I do a lot of thinking and creating. I like creating stuff when I don’t create stuff for the day, I feel like I didn’t accomplish a lot. So as you guys know, I write. And this is actually creating, right? I’m creating a podcast here. This recording is going to be on the podcast. It’s going to be edited and published in the podcast show.
So this is actually creation for me. And when I create something, I feel happy, fulfilled. I feel like I did something worthwhile for the day. If I don’t, I feel unsatisfied and that’s why I put my phone on do not disturb mode so that I can focus on creating. And I make sure that after I create, it’s created well. I gave it my best. Again, not a lot of clients appreciate this, but I tell them the reason why and it’s because I create. And there are also times that I am focused on their accounts, optimizing it. And so, of course they would appreciate it better if I had focus. It would not be nice if I am optimizing the search rankings of clients, and at the same time answering messages or calls on my phone on the side or worse – checking if there are new notifications on my phone, right? So that’s how I usually get things done.