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Getting Along With that High-Focused Friend of Yours

Posted by Nam Do on Nov 18, 2016 12:01:40 PM

Yes, everyone has a friend like this. He's the strong and independent type. He focuses on at-hand tasks, moves fast, and never waits for anyone. This friend apparently cares little about you, but for some reason you keep following him around. Deep down inside, you want to catch up with the guy. You want to move at the same pace and think at the same speed as him, because you feel miserable every time you fall behind. Well now, don't act all confused - you know who I am talking about: the guy named Time, your dear old friend.

After a couple of brawls, I have learned some time management tricks to handle him. And because we can all agree that Time can be a pain in the neck at some point, I would like to share these few tips with you!

Tip #1: Think and move early

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Don't just go with the flow

In order to cope with Time, you need to anticipate his movement and take the initiative. As Time moves fast and does not wait, it is arguably best for you to get ahead first. You need to predict where he will be during a certain time period and move accordingly. For instance, if you know that he is going to be at the lounge between 12:00 and 2:00pm, what will you do not to miss him? Then, assuming you are still ahead of him at 1:00pm, will you wait or keep moving? The better you prepare, the easier it is to get along with this guy, and the great news is that you can plan hours, days, weeks, and even months ahead (I generally revise my plan every morning). Remember, always know what you are doing next, and Time will have to catch up with you, not the other way around.

Tip #2: Prioritize

The shortest routes are not always the best routes. Instead of committing to a longer and possibly arduous journey, we are sometimes tempted to take many trivial steps. This might grant momentary satisfaction, but in order to get along with Time, it is crucial to make decisions that yield greater benefits in the long run. If you move aimlessly, Time will leave you behind in the blink of an eye. After all, he knows only straight lines, while we often run around in circles.

Tip #3: Challenge yourself

Whereas smart moves will help your friendship with Time significantly, it is as important to keep improving your efficiency. Even though Time will likely move further ahead, don't be afraid to take on more commitments. Work will push you to become more independent and more competent, which ultimately helps you two get along. Learn a new language, join a new club, get a second or third job, or take on something else of interest. Push yourself little by little, and don't fret if everything seems to fall apart at times. Them when you don't get to hang around with Time so often anymore, you may appreciate him even better.

Well then, good luck!

I hope that these tips help you in some way or another, and that you may find this guy Time more favorable (if you didn't already think so). Click here for some helpful study and time management tools. Leave a comment below if you have any questions for me!


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