You need the right mindset to manage your time

Welcome to the first edition of 24 Hours are Enough. I will be calling it 24HAE from now for brevity. Hope you do not mind!

Since we are starting out, today I want to talk about mindset. There is loads of literature available on mindset, but there are really only two things to know about it.

One, there is positive mindset (growth mindset) and then there is negative mindset (fixed mindset). As evident from its name, growth mindset is what you need to succeed.

And two, you can adopt a growth mindset through continuous practice. I like to define “practice” as something that you do regularly. The interval of “doing” could be daily, weekly, thrice a week, monthly or even annually. It really depends upon what you’re practicing.

The important point to note here is that if you practice something long enough, it can become a habit. But habits is something we would talk about next week. Today it’s jut about mindset, and a positive one at that.

In case you’re wondering why we are talking of mindsets and habits in a newsletter about time management, it is because we want to develop a habit of time management and we need a growth mindset for that.

So, before you begin working on your time management, believe that you can do it, because you are willing to learn whatever it takes to learn. And let me assure you, you will not need to sacrifice an arm or a leg to acquire those skills.

Now that you understand the importance of having a growth mindset, let’s get working straight away. Nothing big or tiring, just a couple of lists to be made.

I want you to list out 3–5 things that you think you can do and 3–5 things you cannot. It can be personal or professional, I don’t care. As long as it is important to you, put it down.

Let me start with mine.

Things I can do well

  • Listening patiently
  • Demystifying complex concepts
  • Writing
  • Teaching

Things I wish I could do well

  • Designing
  • Dancing
  • Talking to strangers comfortably

What are the things you would like to learn to do really well? Share with us. Research shows that when you share your goals with others, you are 65–85% more likely to succeed.

And one word here before you begin.

Don’t overthink, just write.

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