How To Understand And Utilize Time

9 Practical Tips to Utilize Time And Be Happy

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Girls with a clock in hand with quote on tips to utilize time

We talk about how to utilize time but do we have a clear understanding of time?

When I was young, very young, my innocently repeated question was – What is time? Where can we find it?

Nobody could answer it better than my dad. For him, time was much more than just a measure in which events could be recorded and seen.

He told me to look at the sun and its movement across the sky.

His response helped me see beyond the obvious. It opened vast vistas before me.

It gave an impetus to my creative eye. Watching the movement of  the sun acquainted me with various hues of the sky, and much more!

He followed my observations closely to help me discover answers to my questions.

Time – the much talked about yet much-neglected word!

It may be very precious for some but useless for others.
When it is broken into moments, it seems to fleet away.
For a child – time is non-existent
For an adolescent – time is fun
For an adult – time is work
For the elderly – time is superfluous

Isn’t it weird how time changes its connotation for each person?

Let’s try to understand it more closely.

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” ~ Carl Sandburg

Understanding Time

Time flows like river’…the most loved poetic analogy describes all the facets of time…the past, present, and future, the speed, the depth, and the eternity.

According to Wikipedia, “Time is a measure in which events can be ordered from the past through the present into the future, and also the measure of durations of events and the intervals between them. Time is often referred to as the fourth dimension, along with the three spatial dimensions.”

That is just a basic understanding of ‘Time’…a curiosity rouser as it unfolds itself slowly, changes its contours while moving with us, sometimes even changes us.

Quote explaining the importance of time on a watch image

Time is Ineffable

Time is ineffable like that irreplaceable friend who stands by our side, holds our hand and guides us through the tribulations of life, assuring us that we can steer through murkier waters if we have faith in ourselves.

Time is a Friend

Time becomes our friend if we try to understand it. It keeps reminding us that we are all equal at its pedestal.

Time doesn’t discriminate, and offers same minutes and hours to everyone. It leads us to success if we respect its silhouettes.

Time is a Tyrant

Time is a tyrant for those who squander it away, who fail to grab the opportunities it offers, and complain of its paucity.

It fleets away like a petal in the wind, demonstrating its superiority and power.

Time is an Illusion

Time is an illusion,” said Einstein, as its interpretation changes according to the way we handle it.

We can never cage the precious moments, nor can we erase the painful ones. It converts into a mirage if we get enamored by some aspects of time.

Time is irreplaceable

Time is irreplaceable for an entrepreneur mother who keeps thinking that she will spend some time with her toddler after she finishes the project in hand.

However, she discovers one fine day that precious moments have ticked away, and there is an ever-demanding boy before her who wants her attention all the time.

Time is the finest boss

Time is the finest boss, as shorter the time – greater is our capacity to work.

Given the opportunity to finish a three-hour examination at will, we would never be able to complete it.

A race against time is always won as it endows us with extra energy and competence.

Time is precious – but how to utilize it appropriately?

GOOD READ: The Father Who Had No Time

A clock and a quote about utilizing time.

9 Ways Of Utilizing Time

Making the most of time is plausible.

Multitasking may be considered distracting and inefficient, but it can be very useful from the social point of view.

Friends who hardly get any time together can plan an event together to ‘create more time.’ They can take up a common hobby, chat, cook, eat, and be together for a longer time.

Here are some more ways to utilize time:

1. Make time tracking a habit

Have you ever noticed how time molds our thoughts? We look at the clock and get the signal…time for tea, time for lunch…in other words, time tries to control us.

If we reverse the role, we can accomplish all those dreams, which wait for the right time.

We can keep track of time by keeping a journal of time and noting down all that we want to finish during the day, week, or a month.

2. Know your potential

Time bows before those who have faith in themselves.

The moment we recognize our potential, what is within our reach, what can give us more happiness; it is only a matter of time to look forward to that moment of great achievement.

Look for that moment.

The sooner you discover it, the better it would be for you. Time would just become a tool to convert those moments into reality.

3. Plan your days

All successful men are organized.

A blueprint for the day helps us in staying focused without wasting any time.

Whether you are a student, a lawyer, or an entrepreneur, time management is an essential component of your day.

A lawyer who doesn’t devote enough time to study the nitty-gritty’s of his case before he presents it in the court, a teacher who enters the classroom unprepared, would ruin the day and face disappointments.

4. Eschew distractions

The biggest time-saving device is – FOCUS. Our mind is so supple that it gets distracted by as little as the movement of a tiny insect around us.

A wasp hovering around a windowpane attracts more attention than the painstakingly solved theorem on the smart board of a classroom.

Focus can be enhanced by training our mind, taking a little coffee or tea break, and bursting the bubble that disruptions in work consume more time.

5. Set boundaries for digital devices

The distractions of the modern era are more detrimental to time.

We have got so accustomed to texting and tweeting that we don’t realize how much time goes into these activities.

Once we put our finger on one of those apps of our smart phone, time starts melting at the pleasure of getting connected with the world.

It is better to switch off instant notifications and set time for checking them.

All would depend on how much time you can spare for all those time eating devices. My recommendation is one hour per day, which could be divided into minutes.

6. Balance work and play

Everybody has his/her own definition of play – anything that relaxes your mind and gives you pleasure is play.

There is a time, probably in everybody life, when we don’t care about ‘play’, when we are busy chasing our dreams, and could happily contribute all the hours to accomplish those.

But most experts agree that we can increase our productivity and better utilize time if we devote an equal amount of time to recreational activities, which could be reading a book, doing nothing, watching the clouds or the birds…whatever interests you.

In today’s fast-paced, demanding world, we need to pour more hours into play to earn more out of them.

7. Define your priorities

When there are too many things in hand, we have to learn to prioritize our activities.

When we learn to distinguish between the more important and the less important work, we are at the right track of making the most of our time.

Make a mental list of your priorities and approach one work at a time. Overburdening may lead to disillusionment.

I always tell myself, at this stage of life, my grandchildren need my attention, care, and love, more than any other thing.

There was a time when my students were my priority.

In the race of life and dwindling time, I realized my family needs more of it.

8. Delegate your work

Work becomes endless, if we don’t assign it at the appropriate time to the right people.

You can save a lot of time by telling your assistant manager to conduct some meetings on your behalf and present the minutes of those meetings to you for further discussion.

I am sure you could be having more challenging tasks than those, which could be managed by the team members.

All the time saved could be utilized for starting a new project or finishing the old one in a stress-free atmosphere, comfortably.

9. Set a deadline for your project

We do all those tasks efficiently, within a stipulated time, only when we know we have limited time.

Even a book, which I am reading for pleasure, keeps sitting by my bedside until I tell myself… ‘I must finish it this weekend.’

Time is never enough if we keep procrastinating.

Setting a deadline stimulates our will power and capability of taking the challenge of finishing the project. Even minutes are utilized!

Lord Chesterfield advised his son “to take care of the minutes; for hours will take care of themselves. I am very sure, that many people lose two or three hours every day, by not taking care of the minutes. Never think any portion of time whatsoever too short to be employed; something or other may always be done in it.”

DO READ: Time Spent Helping Others is Never Wasted Time

Quote about making time on a backdrop of clocks in garden

Wrapping Up

Time is neither good nor bad. It is our mind and our own thoughts that conjure up images of ‘happy times’ and ‘bad times.’

We can enjoy both. Happy moments embrace us in the present, but sad moments keep coming back as memories, which made us wiser and resilient.

Even the future holds a promise in the form of dreams and plans that we envision for ourselves.

Is there something more precious than time? I don’t think so.

So, why not go ahead and implement the tips to utilize time in our life?

If we have time we can take care of our health, money, and relationships (which could be considered equally precious.)

“If you only had 48 hours left to live, would you spend it like you normally spend your weekends? If not, why spend 2/7th of your life wasting your free time? After all, free time isn’t free. Free time is the most expensive time you have, because nobody pays for it but you. But that also makes it the most valuable time you have, as you alone stand to reap the profits from spending it wisely.” ~ Jarod Kintz

Over to you –

I am sure you have a brilliant understanding of time but have you ever pondered over the way you utilize your minuscule moments? Do you organize your time or get controlled by it? You can share your perspective in the comments section to enlighten each one of us. Thank you.



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  1. Kim Willis

    December 10, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Hi Balroop

    Great post, and such an important topic too

    We often say we don’t have time for this or that but somehow find time for activities that interest us.

    It always comes down to priorities and they will be determined by our goals, if we have any.

    Do we have objectives and are we intent on pursuing them? Or are we in drift mode, content to tumble along like the tumbling tumble weed?

    One thing I do know about time is that if we don’t have goals time will fly by without any tangible outcome.

    Can very busy find more time? Yes. I recall the saying ‘if you want to get something done, give it to a busy person’. Even the busiest person has time pockets in their day. It may only be twenty minutes, but they can redirect that time into a high priority activity.

    This week I read a story of a girl who wanted to quit her job to build her blogging business. She found extra time each day by using her daily time pockets more productively. Six months later she had realized her dream.

    All nine of you tips represent good advice and I hope that people will adopt and implement them

    Thanks, Balroop and thanks also to Harleena

    Kim

    • Balroop Singh

      December 14, 2015 at 1:20 am

      Hi Kim,

      I am glad to meet you here and read this enlightening poetic view. So nice of you to have put it so well. ‘Drift mode’ is very misleading that’s why we tend to ‘tumble!’

      I also like your question way of writing. Asking oneself often pays rich dividends. Yes, objectives are so good as they keep us focused.
      I absolutely agree that busy people can find more time because they know the value of time and have mastered the knack of finishing the projects.

      I had read about time pockets in one of the interviews of Umberto Echo, an Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic and novelist. He exhorts us to use those minuscule moments we tend to fritter away…the ones spent in the elevator or waiting to receive a guest.

      Thank you for sharing your perspective and add so much value to this discussion. Stay blessed and have a nice weekend.

  2. Sue Dreamwalker

    December 10, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Such wonderful thoughts here Balroop upon Time.. Time in the past for me was a tool.. Working within production Time was of the essence to get the most done in the least time.. And I would often be found with stopwatch in my hand..
    In later years. Time was precious sharing the last moments on earth with my Dad, I found time was a gift..
    Today time is managed by myself a little differently.. I no longer wear a watch.. I find Time can be managed better these days 🙂
    I no longer set deadlines.. but I do time manage and plan some days while other days I just let time swim by…
    Some days can seem to pack lots in, while other days Time literally runs away with me, as I wonder what I achieved ..

    Your views on Time dear Balroop have given me pause for thought yet again.. And at the moment.. I am utilizing my time in catch up mode 🙂 to your posts.. 🙂
    Blessings to you.. Love Sue

    • Balroop Singh

      December 10, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Hi Sue,

      Thank you so much for hopping over to this blog and share your wisdom.
      You have mentioned a very relevant point. I often wonder how time changes itself for us at different stages of life…how it seems too short and too much. It doesn’t remain as precious as it pretends to be during those phases when our level of accomplishment seems to be high and we want to perform more than it permits.

      Same is true with me Sue. I also stopped wearing a watch and let time sail by, it has become a dear friend now and often sits by my side, it lets me enjoy its nuances at my own pace.

      I know you utilize your time so well! Your multifarious activities are amazing and inspiring. Thanks for catching up with my posts, 🙂 much appreciated. Stay blessed and have a nice week.

  3. Donna Merrill

    December 9, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Barloop,

    Great seeing you here on AHA Now. Time is something that is very important. We can let it take over us and slip through our fingers or we can take control of it and feel good about what we are doing.

    Although we must be productive if we are running our own business, and have many different jobs to do, we have to prioritize and delegate our tasks. Even when we have everything written down, follow our many tasks to complete goals we set up for ourselves, we do need to be mindful of time.

    What is our time worth? That is one question we all need to answer for ourselves. And when it comes to the time we put into our work, we do need equal time to “play.” If not, we will just burn out.

    Lately the more energy I put into my work part of my life, I’m finding I need an equal amount of time for mySELF.

    Great topic we all need to focus on.

    -Donna

    • Balroop Singh

      December 10, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Hi Donna,

      I am sure time is very much in your control and you have the prowess of handling it well.

      You have summed up this post so well! Even after planning, spelling out priorities and delegating, we have to be ‘mindful of time’. Success keeps making unfair demands but we have to take care of all aspects of life.
      Yes, balancing time between work and play is imperative because our own health occupies the top priority; it sits above ‘Time.’

      Thank you for the encouragement Donna, coming from you surely matters a lot to me. Have a nice week.

  4. Marie

    December 9, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    What a great post Balroop! Yes time does not have the same meaning for you, me or others. We tend to think that we don’t have time. But it’s mostly because we want too much or we don’t know how to prioritize. What is essential for us and what can wait: maybe it’s the only question that matters.
    I have to say that saving time for what counts is not always easy. It’s a constant practice. Even more with new technology, computer, smartphone, Internet. All is pretty fast. We need to disconnect from time to time.
    Thanks for sharing your views on this subject. Stay inspired Balroop

    • Balroop Singh

      December 10, 2015 at 9:35 am

      Hi Marie,

      I am so happy to see you here. Many thanks for coming here to read the full article.

      Time is a strange phenomenon, that’s why its connotation changes for each person. It is all around us yet we can neglect it. It keeps calling us yet we can ignore its calls. It passes by us and we don’t even take any notice! Then we complain…oh! Where is the time?… Priorities surely matter.

      Even when we plan we have to keep track of time and understand its value, then only we can utilize it fully. The past, present and future – all aspects of time have their effect on us.
      Thanks for sharing such a balanced view. Much appreciated. Have a blessed week.

  5. Jenn McKay

    December 9, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Hey Balroop,

    What a wonderful post! I found myself getting lost in the poetry of the beginning.

    And then it was down to work! Nice flow!

    Time is one of those concepts that seem to disappear the more you contemplate it.

    I really find it important, as you have mentioned, to turn off notifications and set times to check social media.

    And reading through your great tips, I see that I need to start setting more deadlines.

    Thank you so much!

    Take good care,

    Jenn

    • Balroop Singh

      December 9, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Hi Jenn,

      Thank you for such beautiful words of appreciation. I am glad you found my words poetic in the beginning. Poetry is very dear to my heart. 🙂
      What pleases me is that you have paid attention to the biggest time wasters of modern era.
      Often I realize that time just bounces off when we are looking at the social media, that’s why I made this rule for myself. I am sure everyone feels the same way but doesn’t acknowledge it.
      Loved your feedback. Thanks and have a wonderful week.

  6. Rachel Wolany

    December 9, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Hey Balroop,

    What a wonderful post to spend time reading.

    I am a time freak. Where ever I walk I generally know how many minutes it is from one corner to the next. Wasting time is something my mind no longer tolerates. It has never sat well with me. Taking time out and relaxing is all part of the plan but I allocate time for that.

    I have actually thought that I can get over zealous with time and I try and pull away from it, however after this post I am thinking I will stick with my time and organisation.

    I agree Balroop time is irreplaceable. So we should be careful how we use it. Every now and again I get annoyed at some of my wasted youth or my couch potato days. Then I pull myself from there and get focused, no point wasting additional time where I wasted time.

    However I have to be careful not to over plan and organise. I have gotten better over time because I recognise that taking time out to play and enjoy my hobbies is productive. I, like you have a dozen books that I want to read and now allocate time to them of an evening.

    I have several device rules. No device in the mornings five days a week, no devices at all Sunday unless I am on catch up and no devices after 8.00 pm. I don’t want them to take over my life. I don’t want to be looking at my phone unless it is to check the time.

    Thanks for making me appreciate time and the relationship I have with it.

    Rachel.

    • Balroop Singh

      December 9, 2015 at 10:16 am

      Hi Rachel,

      I know some time freaks, glad to have met another one! I can understand how much care goes into utilizing time fruitfully if you happen to be a time freak. Good for you! I am happy for you that you could detach from your past, which reminded you about wasting some precious moments, as it is never too late to learn.

      You are right Rachel, over planning often boomerangs and brings along frustration. A flexible outlook is always better and proves more productive. Even reading a book like a medicine doesn’t serve any purpose. 🙂

      I too have some self-proclaimed rules for modern addictive devices. I switch off instant notifications, visit Facebook only for a limited time and prefer to spend time with the faces I love rather than stare at the T.V. screen.

      Thank you for sharing such an honest view, I value it very much. Stay blessed and have a wonderful week.

  7. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder

    December 9, 2015 at 4:36 am

    An intriguing post about the infinite flow- time. It is truly said, time and tide wait for none and once gone, it’s gone forever. It is irreplaceable, nonrenewable…a never-ending flow. That’s why we need to utilize it most wisely, with proper planning and execution.

    Wonderful post, Balroop, and thanks to your buddy Harleena, for sharing this… 🙂

    • Balroop Singh

      December 9, 2015 at 9:35 am

      Hi Mani,

      ‘Time flows like a river’, this is my favorite analogy. I don’t remember when did I come across this phrase but I am sure I must have realized the importance of time since then. Yes, we can never meet those moments, which pass by. That is why our well-wishers stress about the value of time.

      Thank you for coming over here to share your view, I appreciate it immensely. Have a blessed week.

  8. Ravi Chahar

    December 8, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Hey Balroop,

    There are some great saying here. People need to know about time management and much more. Time is precious, but what if we don’t take into consideration. I have experienced a lot of things. Though I am not that much old, but still time has taught me a lot.

    I agree with your points. Especially, using the digital devices. Nowadays people use mobile phones and computers a lot. They should control their addiction.

    All the things you have mentioned are useful. People should know the real value of time.

    Thanks for this wonderful post.
    Have a great week ahead.
    ~Ravi

    • Balroop Singh

      December 9, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Hi Ravi,

      You are absolutely right. Everyone must master time management. I am so happy for you that at such a young age you pay so much attention to learning about the most important aspects of life.

      Addiction of anything is bad and therefore we must know the judicious and sagacious use of digital devices. They link us so well and have become an indispensable part of our life. But they shouldn’t enslave us.

      Thank you for liking this post. Stay blessed and have a nice week.

  9. Hema Unnoop

    December 8, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Hello Balroop,

    What a valuable post! Timely and a great reminder for most of us.
    You nailed it!

    It took a while before I actually understood the essence of time. I often would fool myself telling, “I still have time” when I don’t want to complete a task or “I don’t have enough time” when I want to avoid tasks outside of my comfort zone. It was crippling and debilitating.

    Looking back I wish I had made better use of my time..But as they say better late than never.

    I now try to make the best use of every hour.
    Planning and setting deadlines is the key.
    Otherwise we have a tendency to procrastinate and let it slide.

    I love the quote by Paulo Coelho.
    I remember the first time I came across this quote it hit hard.
    I realized how precious time is and if I made good use of it, it will be my friend or a tyrant as you mentioned. Hence made the necessary changes.

    As the year comes to a close, I couldn’t have asked to read a better post on understanding time. Thank you Balroop.

    Wish you a wonderful week 🙂

    • Balroop Singh

      December 9, 2015 at 9:19 am

      Hi Hema,

      I am glad that you liked this post. Many thanks for that.
      We do need such reminders from time to time to keep pace with the ever- revolving wheel of time. Yes, we all learn its effects slowly only after stumbling over it! Procrastinating can be disappointing when we realize that ‘enough time’ syndrome has passed by and we find ourselves standing helpless.

      I am so happy that you too learnt from the wisdom around us that we must utilize our time appropriately. However each step of our life is a learning experience and it is never too late.

      Thank you for sharing such a brilliant perspective. You too have a nice week.

  10. Corrisa Malone

    December 8, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    A very good post Balroop!

    Time is one thing you can never get back once you’ve squandered it. For this reason, as entrepreneurs we must make plans to use our time wisely doing the things that moves our business ahead.

    Nice to see you’re writing great posts for aha-now!

    • Balroop Singh

      December 8, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      Hi Corrisa,

      I am glad to meet you here and many thanks for the kind words for this post.
      Time is a very hard taskmaster. It demands all our attention and rewards us only if we respect its boundaries. Success comes to those who utilise their time well.
      Yes, planning and execution are the two main factors that keep this tyrant happy. I am glad you have nailed it so well.
      Thanks for contributing your valuable view to this discussion. Have a nice week.

  11. Somali K Chakrbarti

    December 8, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    A very comprehensive capsule on a vast theme that time is. All the stated points are absolutely valid. What resonates most with me is that Time is irreplaceable. It is the resource that depletes every second for each one of us and hence should be used judiciously. That is not to say that we should be workaholics but that we should be using time in a way that helps us to live a balanced and happy life.
    Setting priorities, reducing distractions, planing, monitoring and and delegating are absolutely necessary for the successful completion of any project that we take up.
    Thank you Balroop and Harleena for sharing this wonderful post.

    • Balroop Singh

      December 8, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      Hi Somali,

      At the outset I would like to thank you for taking out time…aha! How much we use this word… and coming over to read this post here. That itself demonstrates that despite all the planning we can’t ignore our favorite activities like reading and sharing an opinion.

      Yes, time is indeed ‘irreplaceable’, the sooner we realize it, better it proves to be for our health. It has to be evenly distributed between work, play and sleep to keep the balance of a happy and contented life. This becomes all the more significant in the fast-paced modern life. It is a marvel that your busy schedule is so well organized. I admire you for that.

      I am glad you have such a clear understanding of ‘Time’. Have a nice week and stay blessed.

  12. Alka Girdhar

    December 8, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Balroop,

    A very comprehensive article on our most precious commodity – time. Every word you wrote is true. We know the value of time but still waste it on meaningless activities and thoughts. As you say ‘When it is broken into moments, it seems to fleet away.’ That is what happens. We while away not days or hours but moments; thinking that these are only a few moments that were mis-spent. But life goes by.

    From time to time we need to remind ourselves to wake up and utilize time in the best possible manner. I will try to apply the strategies you have mentioned – delegating, setting deadlines and boundaries. Set your priorities …well this has always been my favorite phrase that I use so often when guiding my son but I myself fail to follow. Your post is a timely reminder as these days I’ve already been thinking along these lines. Time is a boss…I like that one 🙂

    • Balroop Singh

      December 8, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      Hi Alka,

      Thanks for finding my article useful, I am glad it resonates with you.
      There is no doubt that we fritter away those precious moments and then we lament that we don’t have time. The real secret lies in utilizing them. Yes, reminders do help us that ‘time’ can become our boss unless we handle it carefully.

      I remember one of my students had no understanding of time. Everyday I would see him standing in the latecomers line and when I asked him the reason, he would honestly respond…‘I didn’t feel like getting up’…For youngsters sleep is so overwhelming that they cant think beyond that! We have to nurture the importance of time slowly to make the best of it.

      Thank you for coming over Alka, I really appreciate it. ☺ Stay blessed.

  13. Lisa Thomson

    December 8, 2015 at 10:37 am

    What a fabulous post, Balroop! I like the story you shared about your father and how he told you to look at where the sun is in the sky.

    You’ve broken down the essence of time so effectively. I find it goes too fast when there are deadlines and too slow when I have few. Also, it goes faster as I get older, not sure what that’s about. I love the quotes you’ve shared about time especially “…take care of the minutes; for the hours will take care of themselves.” Wow.

    Sometimes we feel we have no control over time like when we’re sick or injured…then it takes on a whole new perception. Nice post, Balroop and congrats on writing here at aha.now!

    • Balroop Singh

      December 8, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Hi Lisa,

      Thank you for writing such beautiful words about my post. I have just tried to share my experiences with time, which has actually been both a friend and a tyrant for me. I have felt its thorny edges but never could it pierce deeper than my skin.

      Would you believe I could never finish all the questions in most of my examinations, as I could not manage my time as a student? Many of my friends mocked at me and attributed this flaw to my handwriting, which was known to be quite good but nobody told me how to make the right use of time.

      That is how fast time passed by me and yes it was so slow when my babies were growing up, every second day we would assure ourselves…when they grow up…and when they left my nest, time stood frozen!

      Perceptions!! But time moves at its normal pace. Thank you Lisa for coming over to share your perspective. Stay blessed and have a nice week.

  14. Stella Chiu

    December 8, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Hi,Balroop

    Each of us has the same 24 hours a day no matter whether we are poor or rich; female or male. Our ability to manage this 24 hours well will determine the degree of success in our fields.

    When we were kids, the time pass so slow. As we get older and older, the time pass faster and faster.

    We really can use your points to improve our time management to be successful.

    Thank you for the post.

    – Stella Chiu

    • Balroop Singh

      December 8, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Hi Stella,

      Isn’t it strange that we all have the same amount of time yet some persons are so successful in their lives and some fail to accomplish their dreams? To my mind, time plays a crucial role in such a scenario. One of the main reasons is lack of understanding how precious seconds and minutes are.

      One of my bosses taught me how much we can do within the few minutes we tend to fritter away. One day she called us into her office and assigned us some important piece of work. I instantly replied that we would start it the next day, as there were hardly 15 minutes for the final bell to ring.

      She made us sit in her office and told us to start the work! We looked at each other but couldn’t refuse and guess what? Half of the work could be completed within that time, which I thought was too less.
      Thank you for a thought-provoking comment. Have a nice week.

  15. Keiko Katsuta

    December 8, 2015 at 6:06 am

    Hello Balroop,

    Thank you for the opportunity to think about how I manage time!

    I’m a good planner and a good achiever, but I sometimes forget to cut myself some slack. I run a craniosacral therapy business and an art business. On top of that, I have recently started my own blog site. Like you said in your post, ‘Time flows like a river.’ Right now, I’m rafting in a rapid white water. Thankfully, I do what I love to do, so I don’t mind long-hour work weeks, but prioritizing, asking for help and being flexible are the important points to remember.

    Thank you for a good reminder!

    • Balroop Singh

      December 8, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Hi Keiko,

      I am so glad to meet such a good achiever who is so content with the utilization of time. You seem to be like those dedicated workers who put in their heart and soul into their work as it gives them pleasure. I must say you are truly blessed.

      I have met a lot of persons who don’t like their work but have to continue due to some constraints. They often have to meet challenging times and have to set their priorities to take time out for some such activities, which could pull them out of those compulsions to see how beautiful life can be.

      Thank you so much for such an inspiring perspective and a profound message. Have a nice week.

  16. Corina Ramos

    December 8, 2015 at 3:01 am

    Hello Balroop,

    It’s so nice to meet you. You have written a great post about time, something I feel there is never enough of. I’m sure that has to do with my time management, so the tips you shared to utilize our time are helpful for sure. 🙂

    I do make a plan for my day but I have an array of family distractions coming at me so it always seems to take me off track.

    Unfortunately, it’s things I can’t say no to so I make the best of the time I have and split my work days into parts. 🙂

    Thank you again for sharing. I hope you have a great week!

    Hello Harleena,

    Thanks for introducing us to Balroop. Have a great week ahead my dear!

    Cori

    • Balroop Singh

      December 8, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Hi Cori,

      I am so glad to meet you here. Thank you for liking this post.
      Yes Cori, time is never enough. I also felt it while juggling with three kinds of duties. Even time management seems to be a joke with family, little children around and a demanding job. Working 24/7 with few hours of sleep…I know that aspect of life too well! All plans fall flat.

      A successful person is the one who steers through these busy hours with a smile. I am so happy that you have managed your work so well by dividing your day. 🙂 Stay blessed. Thank you for giving us your valuable time and participating in this discussion. Have a nice week.

  17. Sherman Smith

    December 8, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Hey Balroop,

    Interesting post and I never really thought time, or at least the use of time to have Many facets. But in this dimension time is precious and can be measured on wealth as far as those precious moments.

    I tend to plan my days out but whenever I can I make it a point to be a free spirit. Some of the things a lot of people may considered distractions cam also be beneficial distractions for me. For example, a lot of times I’m on YouTube where I can be writing my next blog, but its,always something that can benefit me in the long run that I’m watching.

    Thanks for sharing Balroop! I hope you have a great week!

    • Balroop Singh

      December 8, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Hi Sherman,

      I absolutely agree with you. Time spent for recreation doubles our energy. Whether it is just watching nature or anything that is interesting, time spent doing what we enjoy is never wasted.

      Planning our days and work doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy our days off. I have never compelled myself to write but at the same time I have always tried to utilize those moments of inspiration, which are more productive. Some of my best poems were written during my leisure hours. Distractions too offer golden moments.

      I am glad you understand both the facets so well. Thank you for sharing your perspective. Have a wonderful week.

  18. Carolyn Nicander Mohr

    December 7, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Hello Balroop, Welcome to Harleena’s place! What a great article on the importance of time. You’re right, we do so take time for granted. Time affects all of us, but how much do we really think about time?

    My first two jobs as a lawyer required that I bill my time. I was judged on how many hours I could bill, not the quality of my work. As the year drew to a close I would have to figure out how close I was to the goal so I’d know how much I would have to work to meet or exceed the goal.

    I learned that you can’t create time. There are only so many hours in the day, week, month, etc. You can’t create more time, so you need to make the most of it.

    I know this article will make many think about time and take it more seriously. Thanks for the inspiration, Balroop!

    • Balroop Singh

      December 8, 2015 at 8:30 am

      Hi Carolyn

      Thanks for the kind words.Yes, time fine-tunes us. We may not think about it but many lessons of life are learnt in its company. I too learnt that time can be utilized well if we refuse to dance according to its tunes and set our own goals or targets.
      Guess what! I never felt its paucity. Whenever it was felt, I would set my morning alarm ten minutes earlier. Out of those ten minutes I could always earn five in my favour.
      The bottom-line is – think about time and respect the minuscule parts to be successful in your goals. Thank you for sharing your personal experience, much appreciated. Stay blessed

  19. Barry

    December 7, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Nice article. 🙂

    I tried to make a work schedule by including time block for small works. And I can say that it worked really well. Now I of habit of doing particular task in particular time of day. I got this method from Owner of WPBegineer (Syed Balkhi)

    • Balroop Singh

      December 8, 2015 at 1:33 am

      Hi Barry

      It’s so nice to hear that the time schedule you made for yourself is working well for you. May I suggest that we have to be consistent in following whatever schedule we make as it is human nature to take things easy. After a few days of setting our plans we start taking pride in our little achievements, thereby becoming vulnerable to pitfalls.

      Thanks for taking out some time to read this post and sharing your view. Have a nice day.

  20. Yatin Khulbe

    December 7, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    What a wonderful post, Balroop Mam. As soon as I saw this post on my facebook feed, I instantly thought to take out time to read this post to utilize more time. When we start working on our own, it becomes really important to manage time. In office schedule, we know our limitation and time boundation.

    It is a world of deadlines. While working all alone, it becomes important and difficult to allocate time on different things. I have not mastered my time management skills. But, I am happy with my improvement.

    I completely agree with the Einstein statement about time. On one hand, we all are given 24 hours to fulfil our dreams. The ones who are successful make the best out of those 24 hours. And, the people who lag behind always have some baseless excuses.

    In order to taste success, one must live life like a child. For them, time is non-existent. They are bounded within the limited frame. They are just curious to find different ways to entertain themselves.

    I always try to short breaks in which I read a post (like this one) or go through my social media profiles.

    • Balroop Singh

      December 7, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      Hi Yatin,

      Thank you for liking the post, I am so glad that you took just an instant to decide that reading it is a priority. That shows how much aware you are about the importance of ‘Time’. Sure, we learn from each other and taking care of this thief really helps us in leading a more meaningful life.

      There is no doubt about your observation Yatin…it is indeed a world of deadlines, unless we meet them we get left behind. Time management is no magic wand. The magic lies in our thoughts, when we learn to organise them, we are on the right track. Slowly we understand how to spell out our priorities and make the best of them.

      Yes excuses are the biggest time stealers and I have written about them at my blog. We have an excuse for almost everything, every moment lost can be justified, as I said earlier…it is the thoughts, which matter more.
      Thanks for sharing such an honest perspective, which touches upon all important points. Stay blessed and have a nice day.

  21. Balroop Singh

    December 7, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Hi Harleena

    THANK YOU for publishing my first guest post at Aha-now, I am feeling so honoured and proud! I have always admired your blogging skills and benevolence. The way you reach out to your readers is marvellous!

    Though our association has been so long but I had never dreamed you would accept me as one of the writers of Aha.now as I always found the posts so elucidative. I am glad I could come up to those standards and thanks for nudging me.

    This topic has always been very dear to my heart as time is the most precious yet the most neglected part of our lives. We think we are making the most of it…the thoughts remain floating in space and time fleets by. We keep making promises to complete the work at hand and we keep postponing.

    I hope this article will infuse a new spirit in us to take care of the seconds, which pass by us, unnoticed. Thank you for being such BIG support Harleena, love you for that.

    • Harleena Singh

      December 7, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Hi Balroop,

      Welcome to the blog, this time on the other side as our wonderful guest. 🙂

      It’s such a pleasure to have you over, especially as it’s your first guest post, though no one can make out it is, as you are SO good with your words.

      Yes, our association has been a long one, and as I mentioned long back, the doors of this blog are open for guest posts for one and all. We’d love to have people come and share their life experiences, knowledge, stories, and everything they want to with our readers, as each one has something to give. I know you’ve got years of wisdom to share with us, so this was so timely I’d say.

      I agree with you there – time IS precious, and once lost, you can never gain it – so make the most of each passing moment. You’ve put it all so well in words, and I’m sure our readers would learn so much from this post.

      Thank you for being here, and as always, I’d leave this platform for you to shine, as it’s all yours, while I’d hop in to welcome the newcomers and comments addressed to me too. 🙂






How To Understand And Utilize Time

by Balroop Singh time to read: 7 min