Mastering the Art of Time Management: Transforming Time Black Holes into Energy Boosters

  What is a “time black hole”? It refers to what you do unconsciously and habitually in your daily life. Although these things may seem small, cumulatively, they can eat up our time resources.
  These time expenses generally include two types. One is daily chores such as housework. If life is compared to a bottle, they are like sand in the bottle, subtle and inconspicuous, but scattered in every aspect of our lives.
  How to deal with these things? The first thing to consider is, can we shorten the time it takes to process them as much as possible? For example, ask someone to help with cleaning, use modern technology such as dishwashers to save labor, buy all the ingredients for a week at once and simply pre-process them… Avoid wasting your precious time on these trivial matters that maintain daily operations.
  If it is really difficult to shorten, you can also consider another way, which is to convert these time black holes into our energy warehouse. An effective approach is to turn these trivial matters into “rituals” in daily life and let them become opportunities for you to rest and heal. You can fix the time, steps and even scenes for doing daily chores. Repeated actions have a wonderful power that increases our sense of control over our lives.
  What kind of ritual would work? The answer is very simple: as long as it’s precise enough, repeated often, and follows a strict sequence. The key is to internalize it into your daily life. In this way, you can regain a sense of control over your life.
  Another type of time expenditure is when we feel bored and have nothing to do, we subconsciously “kill time” and fill the gaps in our lives. For example, reading vulgar novels, “hanging out” on the Internet, etc. Are these things valuable? Very low value. A helpful tip is to set clear boundaries around these things.
  My own habit is to set a clear time for all such “time-killing” activities. For example, if I want to read an online novel for a while, I will set an alarm for 20 minutes. When the time is up, I will stop myself to avoid being involuntarily immersed in it for a long time. Once you get used to this, you won’t need to set an alarm. You can develop a concept of time in your mind. No matter what you are doing, you can estimate: How long has it been now? How long have I been doing this? Then, you can remind yourself in time that it is time to stop doing these low-value “time-killing” things and do more meaningful things.

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