Are you constantly being chased by time-based deadlines? If you are, you’re not alone. The majority of people in this world are driven by time rather than the tasks they are supposed to complete. As a result, we are constantly running out of time. We never seem to have enough time This has a negative psychological impact and eventually it begins to affect our performance.
According to this blog post titled “How to stop time“, the writer, rightly, insists that instead of focusing on deadlines we should focus on the actual work at hand. Instead of being ruled by time we should be ruled by our tasks. When you’re ruled by time, it becomes the most important thing. But is it the time that is more important or the work you are doing? The key, according to the post, is shifting from a time mindset to a task mindset.
Actually this is not something new. What it says is, instead of focusing on the deadline, focus on the work at hand. This would involve segregating a bigger task into multiple smaller tasks and then focusing on those particular tasks and completing them with single-mindedness. Studying for school exams is a good analogy: when you’re studying you are constantly thinking about the year-end exams. As the human nature is, since the exam time appears faraway we don’t focus on studies unless the time has arrived, and when the time arrives, often it’s too late. As a result, we have to slog and then as a result, we underperform.
Instead, if you can focus on studying rather than preparing for exams, you will not just give your exams quite relaxed, you will also be better prepared and hence perform well. If you study throughout the year (it is not as difficult as many imagine) you retain more and you actually acquire knowledge instead of mugging it up.
Another example is writing a book. There are many people who want to write a book and become a published author but never actually get down to writing because they think it will take up lots of time and effort. They’re constantly worried about the end. Rather, they should focus on the particular piece of writing they want to do. For instance, just focus on the paragraph you are writing. Forget about completing the book. Concentrate on giving your best in the paragraph you’re writing. Once you have completed that paragraph, move on to the next paragraph. Similarly, concentrate on the particular chapter rather than the entire book.
This way of working can help you in every walk of life.