The Wheel of Life - how well do you use your time?


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To start with, I agree with the statement that sometimes you can't really manage. You can manage yourself over time. Time is free and it flows steadily, free like a river. How we perceive it and how we use it depends on us.


There are various techniques for effectively scheduling your activities over time. However, I would like to write about a slightly different perspective on "time management". In my opinion, introducing changes in the field that I want to write about may bring incomparably greater benefits than mastery in any of the typical techniques.


This absolutely does not mean that I disagree with these techniques. On the contrary - I use them in my own life. However, I would like to show a broader context of our "being", and tell about a general compass, without which we can manage time extremely effectively, but sometimes badly invested.


So let's start with a brief description of common techniques.


Most effective techniques of time management


Pareto Principle (also known as 80/20 rule)

Regarding time, it says that 20% of our efforts bring 80% results. So the point is to think carefully about where to concentrate our efforts before the concept of action. For example, ask yourself: which of our actions will most help us achieve the intended results?


The Eisenhower matrix

In other words, the technique of dividing cases according to the criteria: important and urgent. In short, the idea is to be able to choose in the first place those matters that are important, but not necessarily urgent. Eisenhower himself said, "What is urgent is seldom important. And what is important is rarely urgent."


The technique of planning your calendar according to the proportion of 70/30

I believe this technique can be of use to people who are leaders at work. It consists of the fact that we ALWAYS leave 30% of our calendar unplanned. It is a buffer for unforeseen events. We do not know all matters (or do not remember) at the moment and which others may turn to.


The principle of dealing with only one case at a time

This is, in my opinion, a very important detail. It is especially important for all people who are leaders/managers working in larger organizations. Writes about it, among others Peter Drucker, a world authority in the field of management theory:

An effective manager does not get involved in anything but this one, only task on which he focuses his strength. Later, he will review the topics and choose the next task that will be at the top of his list from now on.”

On the occasion of this principle, I would also like to mention the important skill, in my opinion, to stick to one's course, keep one's concentration and deal with "time eaters".


If at work you have decided to take care of a selected matter (e.g. creating a presentation or preparing an analysis) - do not answer the phone (unless the family is calling on a hotline), do not check your e-mail, do not talk to the pass. If you have your own room - close the door. If you work in an "open space" - put on headphones or go to a free conference room.


If you plan to be a boss as part of your career (or you already are, but you want to be even bigger), in my opinion, this ski