I wake up early at 6am in the morning. I prepare breakfast (whenever possible) and get my son ready for kindergarten. I need to leave the house by 8am, because it takes about 40-45 minutes to arrive to his kindergarten.
I drop him off, kiss him goodbye, and then I go to my office. Before I enter the office, I try to hit the gym for 30 minutes. I do this for about 3 times a week. By 10am, I’ll be in my office and by 10.30am, I start with my work.
I start my work with a Facebook live event every day from Monday to Thursday, which takes about half an hour altogether. By 11am, I start crossing off the tasks on my to-do list. My job involves writing, speaking, answering emails, and video editing.
Most of my job can be summarized as such: answering questions.
Whether it’s answering emails, speaking in events, writing blog posts, or posting on social media, what I try to do is to answer people’s questions in some manner. Usually the questions are about youth issues such as education, career, love, and confidence.
By 1pm, I either have lunch or I have my mentorship session. I have this one hour mentorship session where you can book me and we can have a one to one discussion about anything that you want. We try to figure it out together.
After lunch and Zohor prayer, I will continue my work until about 4:30pm. After I’m done, I fetch my son and then go back home (another 40-45 minutes drive). By 7pm, we are home! Then, it’s family time until about 10 or 11pm.
I make my plans for tomorrow, then I call it a day.
I know it looks like a well-oiled machine, but it’s not. This is a general routine that I have to keep my day structured and focused. But it doesn’t necessarily follow the set plan to the letter, because unexpected things can happen at any time.
That’s why they’re called “unexpected”.
The key is to have a time management system. With time management, you need a system that works for you. It takes time and effort to build up a system that works for you. What I did for mine is start with a template (search for time management tips on Google and pick one to try), then modify the template to fit my needs.
So, my system works for me. It’s not perfect, but it works for now. I will always try to find ways to make the system better. In a way, that keeps things exciting and fresh. For now, the system works fine but there’s always rooms for improvements.
One thing to remember is that your time management system should fit your lifestyle. Different people will have different lifestyles, schedules, and commitments. Don’t look for a one-size-fits-all solution. You just need to find a good enough solution to have a day that is closest to the day that you want.
That’s much better than having a day that is uncertain. At least you know where you are and where you are going.
I don’t always follow my plan 100% but I would say that my rate right now is about 60%-70% success rate. So to me that’s good. That’s better than 0. But I don’t get to that point overnight. It took time and effort to get the system right.
Manage your time, manage your life.
AIMAN AZLAN, #YouthMentor
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