Often, when we meet a daisy, we think of the typical “Do you love me? Do you not love me?” to “find out” if someone else is interested in us. However, instead of thinking about someone else, think about yourself and ask yourself: do I love me or don’t I love me? Am I worried about loving myself? Am I managing my time well to cultivate myself and get satisfaction from what I do?

On time and life management

We have been living in an era that is advancing rapidly and forces us to live quickly and even under stress, as if we were on “autopilot” when it comes to doing things and it will not cost us much effort to perform routine tasks such as driving, going to and from work, etc. We live so fast that we spend the day ritualizing habits and, in the end, our brain automates them.

But what happens if we do the same with our own life, with our relationships, with our purposes? What happens when we get up and go to bed doing the same things, without having overcome ourselves, without having achieved a goal, without rethinking anything, without looking at where we really want to go, what we want to do or who we want to be?

Putting on automatic pilot can take us away from those things that are truly important to us. If we spend too many hours at work, we may not spend enough time on our relationships, our friendships, or ourselves.

It is true that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find time to think beyond our daily lives and implement life projects that exceed our daily responsibilities. However, if this happens it is possible that you are not managing your time properly and are neglecting certain things that are important to you too. Once we learn to manage it, we will be much more aware and much more in control of our lives and, as a result, we will feel more satisfied and self-fulfilled.

What is life? Time (+ space)

Ask yourself if everything you are doing today brings you closer to where you want to be tomorrow . Ask yourself if you are spending enough time on things that are important to you, on your life priorities.

To do this, I invite you to do the following exercise. Take paper and pencil and draw a daisy . The daisy is you, so on each of the petals write the important areas of your life (family, professional, etc) and think about what you would like to improve in each of them. Based on this, set goals. If it seems too much to start with, start with those areas that you are neglecting and that are most important to you.

Think about what resources you need and determine small objectives, that is, the steps you will have to take to reach that goal. The difference between goal and objective lies in the fact that the goal is the destination we want to reach, and objectives are small actions that help us reach it.

For example, if I want to improve my English, I could set as a goal: “Pass the C1 exam in January 2019” and as objectives: (1) Study English for one hour each day, (2) Attend language exchange tandems, (3) Each time you watch a series, do it in English.

It is important that the objectives are personalised and achievable . There is no point in setting very ambitious goals if we are not going to meet them. They must also be measurable, because it is better to set a goal of “going to the gym three days a week” than “doing sport regularly”.

Once you have your goals, plan your day or your week and set priorities. Not all activities are equally urgent or important, so prioritizing becomes a key aspect of managing your time.

Other important aspects to take into account when managing your daily time so that you can meet the proposed objectives are