Perhaps you have never heard the word “chronophags”, but they, believe me, are present daily in our lives.
Chronophags – the term that came from time management – are devourers of time or, in other words, everything that distracts you from the necessary and planned things.
Varieties chronofagov countless, and since we are all different and each has its own zamorochki, then chronophags in us can be completely different. But even so, one can single out the most common sinks of our time.
In addition to ubiquitous chronophags (social networks, TV, etc.), which are quite commonplace in order to talk about them for a long time, there are other devourers of our hours and minutes worth paying attention to. Let’s get acquainted with them.
Think about your hobbies
Your hobbies are, of course, what brings joy and variety to your life. But have you ever thought about how long your hobbies take?
When I tried to calculate my chronophags, it turned out that my most active chronophage is my favorite music. It was because of her that I was late for work a couple of dozen times, for meetings with friends, and one day I was almost late for the train, so I listened to my favorite compositions so that I stopped by the station stop.
The second my chronophage, oddly enough, turned out to be such a useful lesson as reading. I love reading from early childhood, at school and university “readable” hours I arranged for myself in boring lessons and couples. Now, when this wonderful time has passed, hours for reading have to be stolen from sleep. Often I notice that I can sit with the book until four in the morning, when at eight I must already get up.
Let’s find out if your hobbies are a useful hobby, or it’s a chronophagus, which you need to spend much less time.
Take a piece of paper and divide it into four columns.
In the first column, write down all your hobbies and hobbies.
In the second column, add all the benefits that these activities give you (you so relax, it helps your self-education, so your mood rises, etc.).
In the third column, write down the time that you (on average) spend on them per day, week, month.
Admire the resulting picture. If you understand that your hobbies do not interfere with work and other important things, you are a happy person, since your hobbies are not chronophags. If, on the contrary, you see that your hobbies take up too much time (and not only free ones), go to the fourth column.
In the fourth, most important, column, you will need to postpone on the topic of how to drive your hobbies into certain time frames. Set yourself clear boundaries: read (watch TV shows, play video games, etc.), if it’s a weekday, two hours before bedtime, for example. For every deviation from the time limit, “write yourself fines”: if you played computer games today for 30 minutes longer, tomorrow you will play an hour less. The method of a carrot and a carrot, as is known, acts very effectively on a person.
Understand, do you know how to say “no”
The inability to say “no” is one of the most hostile chronophags. Just remember how much time you spent because you were afraid to appear impolite and subscribed to something, do what there was neither time nor desire.
To get rid of this chronophagus is easier than it may seem at first glance. For this, you do not need to invent mythical urgent things for yourself or hide from bothersome friends, acquaintances and colleagues.
Take a piece of paper and draw your day. Yes, yes, draw this: these eight hours you will spend for work. Paint them with a colored felt-tip pen and write in big letters the word “work”. But these eight hours (ideally) you will spend on sleep. In the reserve you have eight hours left, which you seem to be able to spend on your own. But there it was: remember the morning gatherings, about the time costs for the road … the list can go on for a long time.
When you draw your entire day, it may turn out so that you have only about one hour of free time left. I think you are not very happy with the prospect of spending these 60 minutes not on yourself, but on the affairs of another person, who, if you recall, the same 24 hours in a day that you have.
The next time, when someone decides to load you with their deeds, boldly show him your art. In most cases, to another person everything becomes clear from one glance at your “life picture” and he will not insist on his request.
Aspiration to catch everything, everywhere and now
… not the best pursuit. We are all perfectionists to some extent, and we all want to demonstrate to others our importance, importance and indispensability. Taking several cases at once, we forget that our possibilities are not unlimited. We think it’s cool to do so much, but in fact we demonstrate a very big weakness – the inability to plan and prioritize.
Of course, there must always be room for spontaneity and surprises in life, but here are the working cases – something that should be planned clearly and in advance. Determine what is more important to you, and what is not so important. Do not deviate from your plan when you start the tasks.
You are your most important chronophagus
Have you noticed that you are often wasting your time in vain? You need to sit down and write this report, but instead you come up with other “urgent” cases. Yes, procrastinators from all of us are very, very good. Curb the innate human ability to put everything off forever, then seven simple tips will help you.
Chronophags that you can not get rid of
Such time eaters include, for example, traffic jams and queues. In our life they are inevitable, and we can not influence them in any way. But we can benefit from the time that is spent on these chronophags.
Are you in a traffic jam? Call parents who have not been looked at for two weeks already. Sit in line at the district clinic? Take a seat for someone and go out to get some fresh air. There are many options.
Time is one of the most priceless human resources. Try to use it with greater benefit to yourself.
And what chronophags and ways of dealing with them are known to you? Share in the comments.