Time Well Spent



I know it’s been a while since I’ve checked in on the blog. There were just too many things to do that I hardly had time to sit down and make an update. That’s why I saw it fitting to write about time management.

I read a quote somewhere: ” Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”

It’s a challenge trying to juggle the 24 hours given to us in a day to fulfill the humongous tasks required from us. But to me, it all boils down to priorities. I’ve read Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and I just loooooooove the book! He talks about distinguishing what is important and what is urgent. If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it. It was life changing for me. Stephen Covey said,  “The challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves.”

As a home based virtual assistant, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of letting household duties and concerns overtake me.  But because I gain a lot of satisfaction out of crossing out done tasks  from my “things to do” list, I’m motivated to finish that which I have set out to do. So when that time of day comes wherein I will sit down on my little corner with my laptop on, I turn on my “work mode”.  Then everything else will have to wait and take a back seat. I always refer to my checklist of “things to do” which I usually prepare for the start of each week to monitor my progress and also to make sure that I don’t miss out on the essentials. After a task has been done, I cross it out and get that giddy feeling 🙂 Around dinner time, I shift to “family mode” and turn off my computer and become the doting wife to my loving husband.

It can be difficult because I’m oftentimes tempted to work late but my family is my priority and I always keep that in mind. Or sometimes, I get lazy and would like to spend an extra hour in bed but then I have my responsibilities and get up quickly otherwise, I might just choose to give in.

In the beginning, it wasn’t easy and more often than not, I gave in to my temptations. But with the passing of time, eventually I learned to get the hang of it.

Now, I’m really happy as it is because this way my life is balanced and I get to have the best of both worlds.

I guess, Stephen Covey is right when he said: “The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.”