Time is a precious commodity. And in the fast pacedness of modern life we all are under time-debt. Yes, you read it right. We are suffering from time debt. Haven’t we given the excuses to ourselves(or others) about not having time? No enough time? Staying up late to accomplish tasks? Haven’t we missed appointments and deadlines? Haven’t we submitted some not-so-good work thinking to have improved on it only if we had time?
For your ease of understanding about time-debt, let’s have a look at some debt that we are familiar with i.e. debt in terms of money. The money that we owe, that we have borrowed and are obliged to return.
Similar is the case with time. Allah has gifted us a limited amount of time and we have to give account of how we spend that time. Allah (S.W.T) will ask us on the Day Of Judgement and we have to answer Him correctly (for He very well knows). And we are obliged to spend the time that we have borrowed in a correct way.
Time debt comes into play when:
- We surround ourselves in busyness and don’t seem to have enough time to get all the tasks done that we want to accomplish.
- We don’t have time to take care of ourselves.
- We feel overwhelmed and stressed and depressed.
Now, before we get on to pay back our time debt, we have to realize where our time is actually going. For that purpose simply keep a pencil/pen and paper with you all the day and from the minute you get up to the minute you get back to sleep. Your job is to note down the tasks you do (including time gaps such as breaks, waiting in lines, day dreaming, etc) and the exact and actual time you took doing that task.
With your time sheet or time tracker you may realize that you really are wasting time. Realization is the basis. We waste time but don’t realize. Now it is easier for you to eliminate your time wasters and add those minutes and hours to your free time that you can use to accomplish your tasks and goals.
Some Time Wasters You Might Have Noticed:
- Watching TV.
- Endless daydreaming.
- Unstructured blocks of time.
- Email checking.
- Lost in World Wide Web.
- Scheduling work in an unstructured manner.
- Being stuck in planning mode.
After realizing these time wasters you might be shocked at how much time goes unnoticed and feel exhausted even after being busy the whole day but not accomplishing anything.
There’s no need to worry. Sit back and take a few deep breaths. Now take a pen/ pencil and a sheet of paper and list out your day on it, eliminating time wasters but allowing some room for the activities you enjoy. Be mindful of the time you allocate for watching TV and surfing and stick to that time limit.
Your time schedule might look something like this:
In a few weeks you might be surprised at how much time debt you’ve released and have more time for the things you love to do.
Don’t forget to share your time-debt realizations and the improvements that you have observed.