How I changed my narrative around Time Management

In my previous post, I spoke about the science behind griping while I griped to you! Smart right, I know! But there’s a purpose, I never leave you with possible solutions, strategies or hope. So stayed tuned. In this post, I want to share with you a takeaway from a ted talk & what I learned about appreicating the little joys in life .

The Ted Talk That Came At The Right Time

I just finished watching a Ted talk on time management, by Laura Vanderkam. This ted talk couldn’t have possibly been reintroduced to me at a better time. In 2021 I set up a challenge for myself to watch a ted talk a day for over 90 days. I was filled with insights, lessons, inspirations, and hope. 

I remember watching it, but I didn’t implement it in my life for it to become a core value. So here I am again, watching it with a fresh pair of eyes and ears, this time ready to take action.

The reason I say it has come at the right time is that I just joined a new job where everyone including me suddenly feels there’s a lack of time for well-being and self. But I still make time to work out and do the things I prioritise but there’s this never-ending impending sense of exhaustion looming over all our heads.

The ted talk emphasised to me the difference between being busy and being productive. Often confused because it is being used simauntanelouy. But Laura has a way to get it to you.

“Stop saying your busy start saying it’s not a priority. That makes you view time as a choice.”

That was just one nugget of wisdom that was showered to me. 

She further went on to say she interviewed dozens of really busy women for 1000 days. *Think really busy CEO kind women, having kids, working out, running business kind of busy*. She then broke down the week saying we have a total of 168 hours a week which is essentially 24×7 and calculated the number of hours per week + sleep and the math showed us that we do have time. She said we still have 72 hours a week of free time to do the things we enjoy.

*Disclaimer* ( 72 hours is highly subjective for more facts & data do check the video.)

The Funny Case of the Water Cooler

She gave a brilliant example of how a busy woman came back home and found her water cooler broken. Everyday she spent an hour with the workers to get it repaired. Since she was a subject on Laura’s study, Laura logged her hours and concluded she spent 7 hours the entire week to get her house repaired.

But had Laura asked her at the beginning of the week if she had 7 hours to spare well to either train for a marathon or mentor someone we all know what the lady would have said. She said we all need to treat our priorities as broken water cooler. And I love that!

I love when conversations lead somewhere because I like taking action in my own life to see if it works or doesn’t.

It’s a good reminder that the small things in life are essential. Which is a segue to my next point.

We finally reach JOY!

Joy is an integral part of time management. I am totally dropping bombs today I know. My reminder was in a form of a newsletter I received from the Brightside Journal.  The title of the mail was, “Finding Joy In The Little Things.” How beautiful was that? 

The Brightside newsletter takes you around the meaning of joy, finding joy in our everyday moments, or how they use quotes like “Joy comes in sips, not gulps.” by  Sharon Draper. It’s important to celebrate the small moments or how the newsletter emphasises on 

“ If we reserve our joy for just these “important moments”, I wonder how often we actually let ourselves feel happiness? 


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