In the film The Time Spell, the protagonist is caught in a time trap: the same day begins to repeat itself. What at first is shown as something even liberating – never having to account for the acts – gradually becomes the most perverse of penances. The protagonist is then forced to reflect on his existence, making better use of the time he is being forced to relive. In doing so, he is freed from punishment, and finally sees a new day born.
Among other reflections, the film brings to light the importance of the human being knowing how to deal with events in order to extract the best possible result from them. In this sense, psychologist Fernanda Tochetto gives some guidelines for those who are distressed with day-to-day tasks, because they have little time to carry them out, always feeling that something is missing.
According to the psychologist, the first step towards ending this agony is to pay close attention to one’s own daily routine in order to understand what is really taking the focus off essential activities. “Monitor yourself from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep. The ideal is to do this for a whole week,” he says.
One way to make this monitoring more practical is through an agenda (new technologies can help here). In it, all the activities carried out during the day, as well as the time spent with each one, should be placed, always keeping in mind what the priorities are. This makes it easier to see if there are many hours spent on activities that are not so important.
After mapping and finding the problem, we move on to the next step, which is, according to Tochetto, to program the functioning, in an ideal way, of the routine, tracing the step by step to make the most efficient use of the 24 hours of the day. Thus, it is possible that people realize that some activities can easily be discarded, while others, essential, are being mismanaged.
One way to optimize essential tasks is to divide them into steps, doing a little bit every day. If this is not possible, consider deleting them to others. According to the psychologist, some people have difficulties in doing this, because they tend to centralize, believing that only if done by them the activities will have the desired effect. “Thinking that only you are capable of doing what needs to be done limits growth and opportunities,” says Tochetto.
Among the activities that are essential for your routine at work or at home, determine the priorities. In view of this, establish delivery deadlines. Obviously, the most important tasks must be completed before the least important ones. In order not to forget the deadline and the priority activity, reminders around the house, for example, can be very useful. Establishing rewards is also a trick that can help in the fulfillment of the activities within the stipulated deadline.
In order for the activities necessary for a more effective use of the day to be put into practice within the established deadlines, it is essential to maintain the focus. Thus, every stimulus that is dispersed from the main objective must be detected and eliminated. “We end up not realizing what is happening around us, what takes our focus away. The Internet, for example, calls us, its contents hold us all the time”, explains Tochetto.
Faced with the constant amusements that permeate everyday life, it is necessary to resist the temptation to postpone the essential activity and start doing something else less useful. According to the psychologist, this can become a bad habit that destroys the individual’s performance. “He starts to leave it until tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes and becomes procrastination, an accumulation of tasks that the person can no longer cope with,” she says.
In this sense, another action that can have the same effect to be avoided, according to Tochetto, is to establish exceptions to the rules, to allow the performance of activities that are not part of the schedule and that may not have a short-term resolution, making it more difficult to achieve the primary objective. “Such action can destroy teams, businesses and goals,” says the psychologist.
Finally, the person who wishes to use his time better cannot underestimate the power of rest. Whether during work, materialized in a coffee break or to make a snack. Whether after a hard day’s work, through sports or other leisure activities, such as watching a movie with the family.