Optimizing Time

Pondering over a cup of coffee

Dealing with studies, work, relationships and the stress: it really is difficult getting organised and make most out of the effort and the time you are putting in. It’s necessary to take some time off so that you can breathe and live for a change. It’s important for your well being. But to ‘earn’ this free time, most of us have to end up living as per a schedule and let a little battery operated device, the watch, rule our life. Planning out a schedule to live by, facing unexpected situations, getting stymied and not being able to complete the important tasks and not having enough time for the ‘less important’ stuff can make you really really stressed and can leave you in a paranoia (using the word loosely). As the time draws close to next day’s work, you end up feeling like not doing anything at all. The work gradually keeps piling up and in the end you have no choice but to construct a new schedule and force in more work into a smaller time frame. This in turn adversely affects mental and physical well-being. It might also affect relationships between people as you might end up being grouchy and ill-tempered.

A clutter in the Workplace
A clutter in the Workplace

Well, ever since I took up writing along with academic work and was maintaining this weblog as well, I felt a dire need to schedule and reschedule. After some months of working ceaselessly and not getting time to unwind myself, I thought I should sit back and reconsider. So, yeah, I figured out, schedules make you dull not productive, so it’s best not to make them at all, they only succeed in make you feel guilty about the time you spent just being with yourself when something more ‘important’ had to be done. I ended up making a list of a few things that I need to keep in mind about time optimisation for a very very long time to come. I’ll list out a few here:

1) Figuring out the time of the day when output far exceeds the effort put in and doing whatever feels difficult then. Doing the reverse will only aggravate your difficulty. 

2) Even ditching the university routine is sometimes necessary. It gets you the time to socialize with people your own age and learn new things and get acquainted with different perspectives and not just being bogged down with academics.

Ditching The Routine
Ditching The Routine

3)Getting organised: A cluttered area increases stress. You can’t find what you are looking for when you need it. Organizing the work/study area is the primary step towards a marked difference in productivity. Keeping important stuff filed, segregated and organised helps to save a lot of time and trouble and also keep that nagging sensation inside the head at bay since you have everything you need at a well set-up area. This includes important papers like certificates, bank documents,  extra cash and cards and even stationary. Keeping a separate notebook for passwords and bank account nos. and insurance details also prevents stress.

Stuffed Under Shopping Bags
Stuffed Under Shopping Bags

4) Utilizing travel time for lower priority stuff or even using that time for making phone calls and talk to people associated with you on a personal level.

5)Sometimes even willingly getting sacrificed at the altar of consumerism works wonders as it does boost productivity by clearing your mind of it’s “flutterings”. It’s easier to get back and focus on your work after you’ve spend a bit of time devoid of any voluntary cerebral activity.

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©The Idea Bucket, 2013

Published by Anya

Founder at The TechGirl Journal & The IDEA Bucket ; Anya lives in California while working in the field of Computational Genomics. TechGirl Journal is focussed on the lifestyle of a girl in STEM and tips on how to build a business and a career in tech with a focus on skill-development, interviews, internship, personal projects, and pet-peeves! The IDEA Bucket is focused on small business ventures and practical, urban lifestyles. For specific inquiries, you can e-mail: hello@techgirljournal.com

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  1. Great advice. I find that having a rough written schedule does help to reassure me that I have enough time in the week to do everything, but then as you say, the important thing is to be flexible and not beat yourself up for failing to do something in the allocated time slot!

    Thanks for following my blog, hopefully you’ll like my ideas for good student cooking – let me know if you try any recipes! I look forward to reading more from your blog, it looks really interesting. I love the fish theme. 🙂


  2. Awesome post I like your metaphor “willingly getting sacrificed at the altar of consumerism” lol I must say that buying something sometimes can be a motivator for cleaning, organizing, or getting things done on that “to do list.” lAnd, not making a schedule I totally agree with you it is dull, and boring and if you love what your doing you don’t need one because you just do it but finding that balance is key managing time. Thanks for posting 🙂


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