To do things well, we need to be efficient.
Think about how efficiently a good car engine runs. Car engines need good quality fuel, plenty of good oil, and a warm temperature to work efficiently and smoothly.
In many respects, we are much the same. We need our energy, of course, and both eating and resting properly will improve our overall performance. Staying up late to get a job completed is not good. It is unlikely to be a time when our brains, our engines if you like, are working most effectively. The engine is cold, the fuel low, and the oil probably needs changing too.
But there is another aspect to efficiency. To take the car example further, once the engine is running, it would be inefficient to simply drive randomly, changing directions when we felt bored of a particular road. We might possibly end up at our destination, if we're very lucky. But even if we do, we're almost certainly going to be late, or hurried, or both.
Before any journey, no matter how long or short, we plan our route. We understand the efficiency of doing this. It would be a waste of time to simply expect to arrive without any idea of how to get there. In the same way, at the start of our day, or before a significant project or task, spending a short while planning our route will help to increase our overall efficiency and ultimately increase our productivity too.
But this doesn't have to be time-consuming. You need to set your goals, no matter how short or long they may be. If you were driving to the shop a few blocks away, you might only spend a few seconds considering the best route at that particular time of day, taking into account likely traffic, roadworks and parking. Similarly, with effective time management, a short project needs only a few seconds planning to increase your efficiency; similarly of course, a major project, like a major journey, will require careful planning, including rest stops and way points.
Ultimately the goal is the same - to do it well and to do it yourself, your route must be thought out carefully with the right amount of preparation to suit the needs. By doing so, your efficiency will be increased, and your free time at the end of your journey far more relaxing and enjoyable.
And thats how the magic of efficiency makes us more relaxed.
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Shafir Ahmad of http://www.ShafirAhmad.com is the author of “The Experts Guide to Managing Your Time".