Time is the most crucial thing in our life & to use it effectively is what makes all the difference. There are plenty of tasks in our daily lives that take up too much of our time or just is very unnecessary, things that we leave for last minute that end up being piled on for god knows how long.This is the result of poor time management, something that successful people don’t really relate with.
The notion says that highly successful people don’t have time for themselves and are very busy, which is not actually true. Their time is managed in such a way that it eliminates all last minute work, so efficiently managed that they still get enough time for themselves & to socialize.
These people use just simple methods or ways of time management that help them stay on track and lead a stress free life. Some of them are:
Know your priorities
It is important that you know your priorities, tasks that are the most essential and tasks that can be given second preference. This helps in dividing time among tasks, giving most of your time to tasks that are most important and devoting the remaining time to other tasks.
2. Create a morning routine
Establish a routine that you can follow daily in the morning. Be it your skincare, workout, breakfast or meditation. Make a routine and follow it. This sets the mood for the day throughout. It helps in having a relaxed mind instead of being in stress and in hurry.
3. Write things down
As much as you trust your memory or remembering capacity, don’t rely much on it. Carry a pad with you everywhere and write things done as you think. reminders,to do’s, dates, deadlines, meetings, everything. It eliminates the time wasted on stressing your brain to remember things and last minute tasks if you forgot something.
4. Invest in a planner/ calendar
Investing in a planner or calendar is a great idea to keep track of things and manage your time effectively. You can go back to it whenever you want and cross out stuff that you’ve done and also add on tasks that needed to be done. It provides an overview of what your day looks like so you can prepare accordingly.
5. Set deadlines
Instead of leaving tasks to the last minute and then getting it done just for the sake of will never lead you anywhere. Set deadlines for the tasks. Even if you have plenty of time to complete it, having deadlines makes you think more about it and pushes you to get work done on time, exceeding the deadlines will give you the disappointment that most people want to avoid. Make sure that the deadlines you’ve set are achievable and realistic.
6. Find your best time
You can’t be at your highest energy throughout the day. Some people can work late night shifts while some prefer early mornings. Try and find out the best time for you, where your energy level is highest and you’re the mot productive. Schedule the most important tasks for that time to ensure maximum concentration towards it.
7. Value alone time
You don’t need to be working or busy whole day. Plan your day in a way that you get to have your alone time. It is really important to have time by yourself as it helps you unwind and relax from all the chaos of the world. You can read, meditate, listen to podcasts, watch a movie or just sit back in a park. This time keeps you sane and boosts your productivity too.
8. Be consistent
It takes 21 days to form a habit. Being consistent is the most important aspect to time management. Repeat the same things daily until it becomes a habit. Don’t leave it in between, if you miss a day, start the 21 days cycle again to make a habit. It is the key habit among successful people that help them be on track of things.
9. Set boundaries
Set boundaries with your family, friends & colleagues. Be clear with them regarding your time and make sure they know you’ll not entertain any last minute plans or work that was their and they pile it on you. Have them respect your time and that will happen only when you will respect your time.
10. Don’t try multi tasking
It sounds fascinating but it doesn’t really work unless you have plenty of time and extra energy that you don’t know where to deploy. Multitasking will just result in mixing up of stuff and lack of concentration on any of the tasks. Even if you get things done, the outcome will be sub par or below. So focus on one task at a time, concentrate on it and get it done on time then move forward to the other task.
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