We are all have things to do every day. Each of us follows different strategies to plan our day. Otherwise we may fail in our exams or lose our job because of the lack of time management. The very first method of planning the day is creating to-do-lists in which we convert our duties to the action items. It is easy, all we need is a pen and a piece of paper. We can quickly queue the things to do. In general, number of items need to be done is greater of our one day activity count. Somehow we have to categorize them. There is well-known method called as Eisenhower matrix to prioritize your tasks. It is a very logical method focuses the importance or urgency of the items. I assure you it simplifies your life to identify the most vital part of you activity database. So far, the picture of having to-do-list seem like quite efficient right? But we are missing out something…
Most of the time, listing the activities and prioritizing them is performed quite faster. Since we have lots of things to we feel like we need to quickly plan and start. And we group them only considering the factor of important or urgent. Every morning we list items, we prioritize and we do. List, prioritize and do. We live in a loop. Yes we have progress on something. But we are unaware of the big picture. How often we stop and question about the “things” we do?
More recently, I watched a TEDx Talk of Rory Vaden who is the author of the book of Procrastinate on Purpose. He was talking about something different then in usual. Rather than, focusing on importance and urgency of tasks he draws attention for a new term “significance”. According to Mr.Vaden we should spend time on things today that will give us more time tomorrow. At first look, it looks ordinary but do we really think about the significance of the tasks in our list. To work on only significant tasks we need to consider those three stage before we start to work on something: Elimination, automation, delegation. Details of this process can be found in this TED Talk.
The point which I want to take your attention is to
think about to to-list. Every time we say yes to something, actually we say no
to so many things. Having a to-do-list does not makes you successful in the
life. You need to carefully question your tasks and define the significance
level considering your purpose of life and values. To think and then do your list.
The people who are working in a desk job or in an university such as grad students, research assistants or professors spend their whole day in front of the computers. Me as part of this group, we, are sitting all day except small lunch or tea/coffee breaks. All day long, we are focusing on something in depth and consume our all mental energy. At the end of the day, we become mentally exhausted. In this article, i will not discuss the cliches about sport, since we all know how beneficial it is for our health. But i will try to widen a different point of view in your mind.
When I was introduced to a research project that utilizes Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in 2014, i have imagined first: “military missile equipped aerial vehicles”. And i was kind of nervous to join such a research area as being a civil engineering graduate. Because i was not familiar with UAVs and they were not so popular in those years. Although it was a new era for me, i decided to join the research team as a GIS researcher. After a bit painful and trial-and-error beginning step, we learned the fundamentals of aerial vehicles and we discovered how to use them for the purpose of our project. Eventually, we accomplished the project –Cankuş (Life saving birds)- needs and dived into the area of the aerial imaging 4 years ago.
Greetings to everyone! I am sharing my sincere excitement with you, may be these lines are the baby step of a big journey. I have been publishing articles for 6 years on my Turkish blog “Kesfet Kendini – Explore Yourself“. Thankfully, my articles reached more than 30,000 people in 2018. I believe writing is kind of thinking. If I want to sum up my ideas or make research on something, i enforce myself to write an article about it. In the past, it really helped me to come over with bad habits and gain the new ones. During the Kesfet Kendini Blog journey, i realized that i love writing and sharing ideas with you. Now, i want to share my experiences with people all around the world. That’s why i created this blog.
I’m a PhD student and technology entrepreneur. In this blog, i am planning to draw up articles about academy, technology and personal development topics. I am not a native English speaker so you may find mistakes in my articles. That’s okay, if you find, i will be glad to hear mistakes from you. But to be honest, i will not be too careful with my grammar because i want to be relax and share ideas with you, my purpose is not to create highly academic environment in here. I am already spending enough effort for it in my PhD 🙂 Therefore, this blog will be free space that i share something and you can comment on it without strict borders. That’s all for i can say now. If you would like to join me during this journey, you are always welcome. You can follow my blog by adding your email address below.