In the classic 1991 film Hook, Captain James Hook fears the ticking of the clock. He’s by then killed the crocodile, which sits as a clock tower (perhaps a bizarre taxidermy) in the center of his settlement. Still, the constant tick-tock haunts him.
In a museum where clocks are destroyed, Hook hands Peter Pan a hammer, encouraging continual destruction of the timepiece. The movie, like all versions of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan ask the reader to carefully consider the role of time and age, the clumsy conversion from child to man.
No wonder then, that we are all concerned with time. In the way that Hook is haunted, so are most of us. At home, school, and work, most of us face the reality of too few hours in a day. You’ve probably noticed it in moments where it upsets you most—the morning’s first alarm, for example. The last moments before a work deadline. Fortunately, there are a few easy tricks to make it feel like there are more hours in a day—so take 5 (you’ll make up the time in other ways) and learn a few things.
Manage Your Time at Work
Chances are, you’re wasting a lot of time at work doing things like checking emails constantly, browsing the internet, and interacting on social media. While each of these things may be important, a lack of organization or over-attention to any one of them can eat up your day. If you’re a business owner, consider switching to a time management system that allows you to clock individual clients and activities—this way, you’re able to hold yourself (and your employees) accountable for their work and discourage time-wasting behaviors.
Maximize Travel Time
Many of us commute to work by car, bus, or subway. If you’re busy, use this time as an extra hour (or more) to accomplish tasks you’d rather get out of the way. Thanks to advances in technology, this is easier than ever—check and respond to emails on your tablet or use the time to place phone calls. Similarly, this time might be your chance to relax and listen to an audio book or, if you’re having a hard time fitting a workout in, walk or bike to work.
Learn to Delegate
Whether you’re at work or home, learning to delegate tasks is crucial to making the most of your time. Asking family members to help out with chores helps create a greater sense of community and ownership in your living space and save you a bit of time. Learning to accept the help of co-workers builds a better team atmosphere and allows for the open exchange of ideas—all the while reducing your workload and freeing up more time for other things. When you view yourself as the central authority in the workplace, you risk creating a bottleneck in which others are unable to do work until you finish yours. Delegating is especially important when you, like Jason Hartman, find yourself juggling a million things at once—learn to let go.
In the end, Hook is essentially eaten up by the clock tower as it falls on him. But fear not! By being mindful of your time (all the time), you’ll find that there’s more of it to enjoy. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/me_haridas/399049455/)
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The Young Wealth Team