Where should I invest my time

Setting priorities: how to invest your time properly

Do you always feel like you don't have enough time for the really important things in life? These eight tips can help you do something about that.

If you try desperately to complete as many tasks as possible in one day, you will not necessarily be able to do more. On the contrary. In the end, you may have started a lot, but never really got anything done. These eight tips can help you get your priorities right.

Pay close attention to what you invest your time in!

If you keep wondering where your time has gone, you are probably not using it on your top priorities. If you want to know what you are wasting the hours with during the day, you should write down your most important activities and the time they have used for them in a diary or use a time tracking app. This will make it clear to you where your time is and where you can save time or invest it more sensibly.

Don't waste time saving money!

It makes sense to be frugal. But you can often save hours by spending a little more money. You can invest this time in meaningful activities. This can mean, for example, not taking the train, but rather going by car or taxi if a train journey would take three times as long.

You won't miss the money you spent more on it in a few years. But you are guaranteed to be sad about what you missed during this time: for example, being in time for dinner with the family.

Get to know yourself!

If you don't consciously think about what is important to you and what you enjoy and what goals you really want to achieve, you run the risk of losing sight of yourself and doing things that others expect you to do - but which you might even do yourself do not want.

Therefore: give yourself time for yourself and decide what for you important is!

Don't let your fellow men rob you of your time!

There will always be people who ask you to do something for you urgently. Who write you e-mails and wait for an answer or a call back. When you let external factors dictate your time management, you are giving other people the right to steal your time from you.

Therefore: Practice saying no so that you finally have enough time for the really important things.

Stop blaming others!

Do you often give others a hand when they can't get their work done on time? And do you get annoyed later that you spent so much time on it and didn't get around to doing your own job?

It is a natural reflex to first blame others for failing to do your job. Often enough, however, you actually have to touch your own nose - and sometimes just say no. Remain in control of your time - wherever you can - and determine what you do and when.

Don't neglect your family and friends!

Given the sheer number of appointments, it can happen again and again that you are not home in time for dinner or that you have to cancel an appointment with your wife or friends. But even if such “appointments” are less urgent in many respects: They are much more important in the long term!

Often times, a family does not break up because of a big event, but slowly and gradually. With every decision that doesn't make the people you love a high priority, you become a little more alienated from them. Therefore: Enter such activities in your calendar as you would any other appointment!

Do not neglect your health!

Those who get enough sleep, eat healthily and exercise regularly are happier - and in 20 years' time they will definitely be in better shape.

Take a vacation!

By taking a break you can not only reduce stress and spend valuable time with family or friends, but you also get some distance from the daily grind, a fresh look at upcoming tasks and challenges and new ideas how you can tackle and implement them.

So: don't take your relaxation lightly! And plan your vacations well in advance. If you don't, you may always feel like there is too much to do at that moment to go on vacation. And in the end you do without the days off.