• Jeff Costa

DEAR DIARY | I Need a Better Time Management

São Paulo

October 1st, 2020

10.44 AM

I've been reflecting upon my morning routine and I came to the conclusion that I need a better time management. Yeah, I really do.

This is what my routine has been like: Wake up at around 7 AM, stay in bed for another 30 minutes trying to effectively get up. When I finally put my feet on the ground I go to the bathroom to pee and wash my face. Then I go to the kitchen to grab something to drink and eat, usually a glass of coffee with milk and a slice of brown bread. Ok, at least my breakfast is not that bad.

The problem usually starts when I go back to bed and start checking my social media. Damn, I spend hours in front of my mobile screen doing nothing, just scrolling down. That's not a good thing. I should use my time more productively. Since I don't work mornings I usually use this period to do my university assignments. But when I am all done with my schoolwork I tend to use my free time with non-productive things, and that makes me extremely sad, for I think I'm wasting my life-time.

I do have some days when I feel more inspired. I listen to podcasts, meditate, listen to music, read, watch an educational video... but that does not happen as often as I'd like to. It's not yet a habit.

But things will change. I will have a more solid and productive morning routine. In fact, I've started the change today. Today I woke up, went to the bathroom as usual to pee and wash my face, grabbed something to eat, and instead of going back to bed to check out my social media, I listened to an Argentinian podcast and now I'm writing on my diary. The secret of a happy and rich life is time management. Discipline is freedom, this is something I always tell myself. It is indeed hard to maintain this kind of discipline though, but it's possible. The goal is to make good behavior a habit. Habits are built with time, be they good or bad, so we should aim for good habits and enforce them day by day.

I'm going to write again about my routine in one month, to see how I will be doing by then. I hope better than I've been doing lately.

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