Manage Your Time
Where does all that time go?
It is quite surprising when you sit
and think about where all
the time in one day goes. Twenty four
hours is really a lot of time.
But on most days it scarcely seems
enough. But this is because of
certain misconceptions about time. Let
us proceed to carefully
examine where all that time goes and
find out if twenty four hours
really is. Below, you will read certain
points which will help
you to get a realistic view about how
much time you really have in
We do not really get twenty four hours
in a day. Maybe itís
because we always talk about the twenty
four hours in a day, we
get the feeling that we really do have
twenty four hours to finish
our daily business and the fact is that
we do not. Assuming that you
hit the sack at least by twelve in the
night and taking for granted
the fact that you need at least seven
hours of sleep; let me fix your
waking time at seven in the morning.
That means that you have already lost
seven hours, which
we can deduct from twenty four, giving
us only seventeen waking
hours. Waking hours does not mean the
hours you take to wakeup
but the hours that you are awake. So let
us get that straight, we
have only 17 hours in a day. Now if you
think that all those
hours can be used for
productive work, you are wrong
again. For we come to our next point.
The seventeen waking hours cannot be used
productive work. There are many things
that a human being should
do in order to continue to live like a
human being and some of
theses things do take up a lot of time.
Now the following list that I
have drawn up is sure to vary from
person to person. But I have
taken the times for each action on what
I felt to e reasonable times
as far as any normal human being is
* Taking a shower.
Most of us take a shower at least once
in a day and the time
I think we can put down for that is ten
minutes. For those of you
cleaner ones who shower twice a day put
that as twenty minutes.
the call of nature. All those things we do in the bath room
I think a good half hour
should be enough.
* Getting ready and
When we move about in society definitely
we have to look
our best and adding up all the minutes
that we spend in front of
that mirror, we get another ten minutes.
For some people of course,
this figure comes up to half an hour.
But I think ten minutes is
We need to eat to live and though I
accept the fact that
people have different eating habits and
times, I think that and Iím
sure doctors will agree with me that a
person needs three meals a
day and should take at least ten minutes
to ingest a meal and not
just gobble it down. So that makes it 30
minutes for food.
* Time to relax.
Please do not raise an argument now. I
promise to deal with
this bit later on. But right now I would
like to put down one hour
as the time to relax, and this includes
the time that you get to
yourself for prayer or meditation or
just to stare out of your
window or perhaps the few extra minutes
that you spend in your
bed after waking up, waiting for the
last traces of sleep to go away.
Time with family and friends.
Please we are human beings, arenít we?
And we certainly
cannot get along with our business of
life without chatting a few
minutes every now and then with our
friends and the family too. So
with your permission, I would like to
deduct another hour from
your waking time.
So now what do we
have left? We started off with 17 hours
of waking time. And we proceed to add up
all the time that we accounted for in
the above mentioned points; let us see
how much time we have left for
productive work provided we still want
to exist as human beings. The activities
mentioned above would take when put
together a good three hours and twenty
Now if we proceed to subtract
this figure from our 17 hours of waking
time, what do we get? We are left with
just thirteen hours forty minutes. And that
is a fact. That is all that we get. So
from now on donít you think that it
would be more realistic to say that we
have just thirteen hours and forty minutes to
accomplish a dayís work and not twenty
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