By Dr. Sahadeva dasa
B.com., FCA., AICWA., PhD Chartered Accountant
Managing time is important but there is something even more important. That is, where you invest your time. There is no use of saving time when your time expenditure is in the wrong direction. What comes ﬁrst, the compass or the clock? Before one can truly manage time (the clock), it is important to know where you are going, what your priorities and goals are, in which direction you are headed (the compass). Where you are headed is more important than how fast you are going. After you have set your priorities, then you can set out to ﬁnd time for it. This is where time management comes into picture. There is time, hidden in the nooks and crevices of your day. If you have the will, you will ﬁnd it.
A person learned 3 languages by reading vocabulary cards while peeing. Normally a person spends 10-15 minutes a day doing this duty. There is nothing much that can be done in the loo anyway. Another person learned 2 new skills while waiting for his phone to be answered. Average time is close to 10 seconds before a call gets answered.
Several minutes a day can be saved by keeping some information cards in the pocket which can be leafed through during this period. While taking shower, you can listen to an audio book.
One person read over 50 books in 3 years while waiting for websites to load in his computer. Of course this was way back when internet was slow. But still it is slow in many countries. With the available technology, you can carry
your oﬃce and library in your notebook computer or I-pad. A whole world has moved inside these electronic devices. Technology can be a great time waster or great time saver, it depends on you.