A simple phone call to the Car Service Centre would have saved me forty thousand rupees.Time Management has become a nightmare for me. I still had 10 days left for my car warranty to expire, the window stopped rolling up and down. Since I was able to drive the vehicle without much discomfort, I took this malfunction lightly and did not inform the service centre. After a month when the car went for service, I was asked to shell the money out of my pocket to get that fixed. Alas! It pained, badly! Just to top it up, a coupon worth five thousand rupees from my credit card company expired last week, Unused!
This brings me to the point that every year we lose multiple opportunities and thousands of rupees because of not acting on time.
An action not taken on time is equal to inaction. Time Management requires more alertness than effort.
Juggling through the maize of endless ‘To Do’ list is a super human task in today’s time. Really? No, we need to come out of this excuse.
Since the time Facebook came into existence, productivity worth 3.5 trillion dollar has been lost, as per the study by NBC. This study doesn’t include time spent on Instagram, WhatsApp and other social sites. The age in which billions of productive hours are wasted scrolling the smartphone, the reasoning of not having enough time is indefensible.
Our life is occupied responding to urgent calls, so many important actions get missed in the process. Generally we end up neglecting things, which are important, but not urgent due to poor time management.
In this digital age, our need to reorganise life has become paramount. Some of the good ways to start are:
- Automate the bill payments: Be it insurance, home loan, electricity, mobile or credit card. Set up automated bill payments. This will save time, stress and penalties you end up paying in case of missing the due date.
- Minimise the Distraction: Most of us have multiple credit cards. Use only one for routine transactions. Others can be kept for emergencies. The same goes for bank accounts.
- Weekly Stock Take: Make a ‘To Do List’ of important tasks on weekly basis and mention an action date against each task. Make sure the list is ticked by end of the week.
- Do it Now: Many of the things could be resolved with a simple phone call, text or a ping on WhatsApp. Do it right away.
- Generosity works: We receive coupons, credits or vouchers, which we do not require. Restrain yourself from the temptation of using it later and gift them to friends or somebody who would value it.
Trust me, this works!