Time management is indeed life management. Time happens to be your most valuable resource. It’s what you do with your time that determines the measure of success you taste in your lifetime.
Efficient time management eliminates stress. As a result, your productivity increases, thus helping you achieve more in small amounts of time.
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that was given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
-Jackson Brown Jr.
But you already know that don’t you? Well, I’m going to shed some light on some overlooked time management habits.
Set Definite Time intervals For Tasks
Mundane tasks such as checking your mail or seeing through your twitter feed are essential but only to a certain extent.
Decide to spend only a specified amount of time carrying out such tasks.
Discipline yourself not to spend more than the designated time on such things.
Here’s how I learned to make any behavior habitual.
No Means No
Socializing is fun! But when it comes in the way of work, it is not cool. Starting from today, say no to anything that isn’t on your to-do list.
Unless it’s urgent, don’t agree to spend your time doing what your peers ask of you. Be as polite as possible. Something simple like, “Not today, Jack. Maybe another time.” will work. Consequently, you will have much more time to work on the tasks that make you happy in the long run.
Moreover, try to say no ASAP. The more you delay, the more difficult it becomes to say no.
Try to be emphatic when it comes to saying no. You don’t want to come off as rude and haughty.
There’s a Forbes article that talks about being ruthless with your time. Be a bit aggressive, imagine your money is on the line. (Time is, after all, more valuable than money).
Focus on one thing at a time
“Inch by inch, life’s a cinch. Yard by yard, life’s hard.”
― John Bytheway
When you keep thinking about how it’s all going to work out or how you are going to beat your competition, there are chances that you could adopt a pessimistic approach to life.
Instead, make an overall plan and do your best every day. Whenever you get down to work, be determined to give it your all while focusing only on your current task.
Therefore, all your attention gets channeled into giving your best shot to your task at hand. Develop this habit, and soon enough, you will make more progress than ever.
You can always make changes to your overall plan. When you focus only on the present, you will soon see how you can change your efforts to get what you want.
The 80/20 rule also known as the Pareto Principle states that 80% of your results happen as a result of 20% of your efforts. This means that 20% of the tasks that you invest your time in accounts up to 80% of your results.
Create a to-do list right when you wake up, using the 80/20 rule. Analyse carefully which tasks of yours help you in getting more things done. The rest of the tasks are the trivial few which are nothing but time suckers. They don’t improve the quality of your life.
I developed this simple habit of merely asking myself if what I want to do right now is part of the to-do list I created. If it isn’t, I know I’m wasting my time. You try to do the same as well. Believe in your judgment; you decided that a particular list of tasks help you in achieving more. Therefore, any task that’s out of this list only deteriorates the quality of your life.
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There you have it 🙂 4 habits to help you manage time better.
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