5 Tips For Optimizing Your Time

Rasheedah Billups
Mar 3 · 3 min read

Time is valuable and shouldn’t be wasted. In this society, with the abundance of information and amount of noise that surrounds us all, trying to figure out how to not get stuck and caught in a cycle of wasting time is challenging in and of itself. To waste means to spend carelessly or without purpose. So to waste time would mean to spend moments and experiences without intent or purpose. We’ve all been guilty of this at some point, finding ourselves at the end of the day or at the end of the road wishing we hadn’t wasted time. Here’s five tips to help you spend your time more intentionally.

Cut Through the Noise

Everyday, all day, there’s noise. We usually wake up to the noise in our heads, followed by the noise of the people we share life with, then comes the television with its many news channels, the radio, our fellow road-ragers, our coworkers, a growing number of social media platforms, and the list goes on. There’s a lot to get through on the daily and it’s important to cut through as much of it as possible. Learning how to cut through the noise can be quite the journey but for now, start with pacing yourself from the time you wake up. Take some time to be alone in the morning. Set time limits for the amount of media you consume. Stay away from what isn’t necessary. This may look like not watching news in the morning; instead, download a weather or navigation app for daily updates.

Identify What’s Important to You

What do you want? Truthfully, knowing what you want can be challenging for some. That’s because when you think about what you want, it’s immediately followed by doubt and uncertainty: how do I know that this thing I want will work out; what if I change my mind; can I want multiple things? When you take away the opportunity for fear to exist and deal with now, it’s a lot less challenging. Fear thrives in uncertainties, so when you focus on what you do know, which is this current moment, things look different. Decide what’s important to you at this moment in time. What do you want right now? When you know what you want, it’s a lot easier to release things that don’t serve you.

Fill Your Toolbox

Once you know what’s important to you, choose to focus on those things and build upon it or work towards it. There’s a possibility you might not readily know how to get there, or have the resources immediately available to you but there’s a solution. You need tools. Some tools you might need are communication, patience, forgiveness, understanding, some grit, a dash of positivity, research skills, etc. The tools you’ll be adding to your toolbox can be anything you need to help you build a strong bridge to whatever you’ve decided is important to you. If you need help filling your toolbox seek people who are in the space you’re interested in being in. Talk to them and ask them questions. If it’s someone you don’t have access to, learn their story, read about them, and take notes. Learn what did and did not work for them and and fill your toolbox with that new information.

Breathe

Once in a while things might not go exactly as planned or maybe they will, either way, current moment experiences may bring emotions you didn’t prepare for. Breathe. Take deep intentional breaths and release them. Deep intentional breaths have the power to calm nerves, ease your heart, clear your mind, build courage, and manifest greatness. You’ll be surprised at how powerful breathing can be.

Practice Mind Over Matter

All things exist in the mind first. With focus, intent, and the right tools, great things become manifested. Anything you wish to see, feel, experience, and be, must start with you believing it in your mind first. Always believe in yourself no matter what current circumstances may say.

It would be nice if we could all reflect on our day or the road we’ve traveled and be pleased with the way we spent our time.

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