Time-Management: Master Your Time
“Time is the biggest constraint. It’s more valuable to me than money. It’s the one thing you can’t get back.”
— Mark Cuban
Inspired by Mark Cuban, this quote only further validates what I believe to be true: You must become a master of time in order to get the success and peace of mind you want in life. I came across this quote a couple of weeks ago and it served as the catalyst to the birth of this article. For quite some time now I have been studying the greats, no matter what form they take on. They all have this element of time mastery in common.
This is a simple, powerful statement but a difficult concept to adopt and then execute, that of time management. Why? Because of the millions of distractions that exist around us, especially in western culture. Cell phones and all forms of media constantly drain our energy and focus. It’s a game you don’t want to be a part of if you want to become your greatest version.
Distraction kills creativity and increases anxiety. A quiet mind is a wandering yet observant one, and infinite possibilities are unlocked if you can reach a consistency regarding this state of mind. A distracted mind is always looking for the next thing to be stimulated by, which explains a majority of people’s lack of focus. It’s not them, it’s the environment they exist in on a daily basis. I wish I could reach out to more of these people, but I’d imagine they are too busified and looking down..
The Modern Game of Attention
Attention is coveted, for attention is the asset. But for what are you gaining attention for? Is it for the progress of others or is it for yourself? Play the game for other people and attention becomes your asset. Play the game for yourself, and attention becomes a distraction. I see this a lot in social media marketing, too many dogs barking without a strong foundation or offer. It’s more so a fight for acknowledgment as opposed to actually being about something.
So what do you do in this day and age to really win and get better at time management? Use the cyber world as a tool instead of it using you. Become a producer, shift away from being a consumer. As you make this transition, you naturally become more aware of what is a good use of your time and what isn’t.
Play the Simple Game
Simplify your lifestyle. This is painful at first because you’re so used to being busy, but with simplicity comes the ability to direct more energy into things that matter. It doesn’t mean you are a monk now. It means you drop everything that no longer serves you. Another painful transition but totally worth it in the long run.
The simple game gives you room to breathe. It gives you time to think. If you don’t have time to think, you’re a zombie in the machine with no possibility of achieving excellence until you force yourself to make this transition to simplicity. If it sounds harsh, think of it as words of encouragement. I’m not here to criticize but I also cannot sugar coat the message.
Time management comes with the evolution of your psychology. It doesn’t happen over night but it can happen rather quickly if you develop a sense of urgency in life. Not sure how to do that? Start acknowledging death on a regular basis. Anyhow, I don’t consider myself perfect but how the hell can I have this insight without experiencing the transition first?
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