Hasan A. Yahya, Ph.Ds, Michigan, USA
There are different books, articles and seminars that can help the reader gather some self improvement skills. All these sources are against the negative factors in our life. This article on self improvement is intended to offer you the best solutions to eliminate these factors for good. Or at least to reduce them drastically. Things most people have to accomplish daily, such as work, meetings, deadlines, appointments, telephone calls, shopping, taking the dogs out etc. Most of the times, on the waiting list there are other things like: family, friends and even ourselves.
Sometimes we discover too late that the points mentioned on the waiting lists are, in fact, the most important and, unfortunately, sometimes, we don’t realize this at all, so find ourselves wondering for what reason we are so unhappy. All these people know that time is more than money – time means, first of all, life and, more than that, it means our lives. That is way we have the obligation not to surrender in stressful situations and to go fighting for the joy of living. Let us not forget also that deficient management of time can produce tremendous health problems, both at the physical and mental level. But there is good news! Time can be domesticated – we can make it, in certain manner, obey us. First step in implementing this process is to identify the elements that robe your time. Normally, they are divided into two categories: external and internal factors.
The external factors (unexpected phone calls, very long phone conversations, unplanned visits, the policy of open doors, not sufficiently trained personnel, frequent meetings, interruptions caused by colleagues, friends and family etc.). The internal factors related strictly to our own persons (priorities and objectives that change, the lack of a daily working plan, lack of self imposed deadlines, the tendency to take care of too many things at the same time, disorder, lateness in resolving the conflicts, incapacity of saying no, lack of decision, tiredness).
By reading the above information, you probably pictured recalled all the similar situations that you went through. Now, all you have to do is to find a way to defeat and eliminate them, so that you can be the matter of your own time again.
Here are three possible ways in which readers can do that:
First, get used to write everything down. It is useful, especially if you have a bad memory. Otherwise you might fail to remember to go to important meetings, to make important phone calls, to answer messages you promised you would answer.
Second, you can also write down great ideas and inspirations that occur to you in the most unexpected moments. And;
Third,, make a list of priorities. It takes you very little time to draw it and you can even do it while you’re having your morning coffee. Write down, the things you need to do that day, in the order of their importance and urgency.
In addition you also may learn to say no. One big mistake that a lot of us make is that we put other people’s problems in front of ours. Nevertheless, by helping them in a bad moment for us, we give rise to frustration, stress and we find ourselves unable to respect previous engagements. (562 words) http://www.askdryahya.com
Hasan A. Yahya is the Dean of Arab writers in North America. He’s an Arab American philosopher, scholar, and professor of Sociology, SME expert, originally from Palestine. He graduated from Michigan State University. . He was the first Arab graduated with 2 Ph.d degrees from the same University. He published 70 books plus (50 Arabic and 20 English), and 500 plus articles on sociology, religion, psychology, politics, poetry, and short stories. Philosophically, his writings concern logic, justice and human rights worldwide. Dr. Yahya is the author of Crescentologism: The Moon Theory, Islam Finds its Way. His recent publication is : Jesus Christ Speaks Arabic, Protocols of Zion: Trilingual Spanish, English & Arabic and Quotes Love & Humor. http://www.dryahyatv.com