How to: Time Management, Success + Prioritizing
It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted a blog entry. I can share with you just how busy I’ve been with school projects and pilot season in Los Angeles. As some of you know I am an actor in LA and a full-time student. I was planning on sharing how overwhelmed I’ve been and therefore explain my brief absence from my blog. But last night, I watched a TEDTalk that was assigned by my history professor and it shifted my point of view on prioritizing. I had come across this lecture before yet listening to it again reminded me of the importance of time management, organization and discipline.
Time management is crucial to punctuality, ease of mind and long-term success. However, this is easier said than done. Most of us would like to be more organized, punctual, or perhaps have more time. I am constantly stressed juggling between school, acting, my blog, my sister’s and my youtube channel, family, friends, working out, work…ahhh!
Time management expert, Laura Vanderkam (What the Most Successful People do Before Breakfast) argues that when we say, “I don’t have time” what we should really say is, “it’s not a priority.” In other words, we rather do something else or perhaps, we lack discipline. It’s not a matter of lack of time, but a matter of not wanting to do it. Stress arises from feeling overwhelmed with too many tasks at hand and/or with too many oncoming deadlines. After studying the schedules of successful people and how they spend their time, Vanderkam argues that, “we don’t build the lives we want by saving time, we build the lives we want and then time saves itself.” What Vanderkam means by this statement is that when we want to do something—when something is important to us, we find the time to prioritize and execute.
This reminded me of a recent interview between Tim Ferris (Tribe of Mentors) and retired United States Navy Seal Commander, Jocko Willink (Extreme Ownership). In their interview they discuss leadership, discipline and business. Willink says his mantra is a simple one, “Discipline equals freedom.” Effective planning and pre-scheduling of tasks will almost always result in a greater sense of agency and bring forth a feeling of freedom. In other words, whether we want financial freedom, more free time, or even freedom from poor health—organization and time management through discipline is the only way to achieve these things (Ferris 413).
If you haven’t listened to his podcast Tribe of Mentors, I highly recommend it. I recently gifted his New York best-selling book Tools of Titans, this is another great option.
The words of Willink and Vanderkam really resonated with me, and it reminded me to stay on top of a daily schedule. Wake up an hour earlier, keep an updated planner, don’t say yes to every invitation, prioritize prioritize and prioritize!
How do you like manage your time? Comment below.
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