Time Management Tip: How To Use Scattered Time To Release Time Stress?


A lack of time is one of the sources of time stress. So making a good use of scattered time can help us release time stress. Many time management tip places great emphasis on using the time we consider as working time, not including the scattered time. In fact, scattered time every day sometimes adds up to 2 more hours, which is really a big time period treasure waiting for us to use.

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Time will be squeezed as the water in sponge -- Lu Xun. China

Objectively speaking, we all have the same 24 hours a day. But subjectively speaking, not all of us can hold these 24 hours. Only if we can use the scattered time well, success will come faster to us. Many successful people have stepped towards success by hold the scattered time well. In fact, time is also a kind of investment on technology and skill, if proper invested, they will bring us generous profits.

To use scatter time, the first thing is to find out where is the scattered and wasted time, so that we can put them together and plan a continuous period to enjoy life.

Where is the scattered time?

In the post refine your actions to improve productivity, We have found some sources of scattered time. Take me for the example, I find the scattered and wasted time includes:

Once scattered time can’t be grasped and organized to deal with our true work, it changes to wasted time. This changing procedure is in fact very easy and sometimes very fast depending on the length of this scattered time period.

Not all the scattered time is easy to be aware of. We can conclude the scattered time into two kinds: objective scattered time and subjective scattered time. Objective scattered time means something happened has occupy the time for us, but we can still try our best to use this period of time; while subjective scattered time means something we have done occupy ourselves time, so that we have to change our actions to make a better use of this period. For the scattered time examples above, all are subjective scattered time except the last two. Although the number of subjective and objective scattered time is different for every one of us, but through thinking it over, we have to admit that much of the scattered time is the result of subjective thoughts and actions.

Why so much scattered time every day?

For objective scattered time, the reasons are clear. While for the subjective scattered time, the reasons are complex. But at least, we know that at any time, we can choose what to do, including the scattered time. Once a period of time is called scattered time, we mean that we actually can make a better use of that period. In other words, we don’t emphasize or haven’t known the value of that time period, we thought what we had chosen to do at that period can make us feel happy or satisfied. But afterwards, we know we were wrong and it was really a waste of time.

So if we have experienced many times of such scattered time, it is ok as well. Nothing needs to be complained or regretted. For now, we only need to know one thing clear, that is:

What is the time value of the scattered time?

We always say time is valuable, but we always ignore time too. The key is that we don’t know the time value to us. Try to answer such a question: How much do you expect one hour cost? Instead of asking how much your one hour cost.

Yes, your expectation about the time value of one hour. The expectation indicates the security border of your life. Suppose in your expectation, your cost every day is 300$, and you expect a 8-hour work every day, then the time value of one hour is 37.5$. Let one hour change to scattered time means you will lost 37.5$. This is only an example, but it can reflect the truth.

The key of computing time value lies in your expectation on your ideal life. The higher your expectation, the more valuable an hour means to you. So every time you begin a period of scattered time, just think you are throwing away your dollars.

How to make better use of scattered time?

At first, we shall compute the time value to know clearer what we are doing means. This step helps us form a good attitude towards using scattered time.

Secondly, we shall take a detail time log every day, writing down actual tasks every 15 minutes. This helps us know where on earth the time goes.

In refine your actions to improve productivity, we have already learned some tips on dealing with habitual actions. Now for objective scattered time, we shall first be prepared for this period. For example, dreary conference can give us a valuable time for thinking of some important things. Waiting time is also a good chance for reading some interesting books. At the same time, we can always know or clear that when will the objective scattered time come, so we can make good preparation for it, welcome it. For competition, because objective scattered time is the same for your workmate, if you can prepare well for it and grasp it, you will have bigger possibility to get promoted. We can prepare a book or some questions with us, every time we meet with objective scattered time, we can turn to this book or questions to enjoy time.

For subjective scattered time, the most important thing is to adjust our attitude.

Computing time value is one of these means. Once knowing the time value, we can use creative visualization or meditation to form the ideal work state.

Another effective way to change subjective scattered time to work time is to BEGIN WITH CLEAR GOAL, which is discussed in many time management articles. Just think one hour can make how much value to our life. Before anything begins, try to know the outcome clearly. Once owning the outcome, we shall turn to another thing. For example, many times we surfed in the internet to look for the information we need but at last were lost in it. In fact, we have already completed the goal of this internet access.

A third way is try to stop at the beginning of scattered time. The way is easy said than done. But we can use time management tool to help us. Put a sticky note on your desk or computer can be helpful. But a more effective way is using countdown software. Set a time period of 15 minutes, every time these period pasts, we can check if we are in work time or scattered time. If in the latter state, we can change our state or action right now.

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