Time = life; therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.
The world we live in is becoming more and more demanding, family life, work life, and if you do any sports there is that to deal with too. If it’s not our bosses coming down on us to hit targets it’s running our businesses and needing to reach our own targets. Time Managment is a crucial part of our every day lives, and one that you need to master to get anything done.
We live in the 21st century and the reality is we’re gaining more time, not less. The issue is not whether we have enough time. The real issue is how we choose to spend the time we have.
We all have the same 24 hours every day, yet some people are so much more productive with their time. Whether or not you believe you have enough time to get it all done, the simple truth is no one was born knowing how to manage time; Time management is a skill that anyone can learn!
Highly productive leaders incorporate Time Management practices into their daily schedule to create an effective Time Management System.
If you want to gain more productive time every day, follow these Time Management practices to create a Time Management System that works for you:
1. Develop a Mindset for Success
All successful people understand that their thinking has an influence on their ability to get the best results with their time. Are your thoughts supportive and productive? Worry is just a distraction that keeps you off balance. It won’t help you reach your goals.
You control your thoughts and how you spend your time. If you’re worried about something ask yourself, “What can I do to change this situation?” If you can’t do anything to change it, let it go.
2. Plan Your Day
By creating a plan the night before you set your subconscious mind up for success. Your subconscious mind goes to work while you are sleeping to ensure that you have a better chance of success the following day. This might seem like a pointless task but how many times have you gone to bed and said to yourself I need to be up at 6 am, set your alarm and then actually woken up 5 mins before your alarm. That is the power of your subconscious mind. Use it more to create more successful habits.
3. Complete most important tasks first.
This is the golden rule of time management. Eat the biggest frog first and then move on to smaller tasks. Each day, identify the two or three tasks that are the most crucial to complete and do those first.
4. Learn to say “NO”.
How many times have you set yourself a plan and while you are running your day someone or something gets in your way and tries to make you step away from your tasks. Learn to say no unless it is absolutely critical, otherwise, you will never get your work done.
5. Sleep at least 7-8 hours.
I have watched countless interviews where people say you only need 6 hours sleep or I sleep for 4 hours then I’m up and attacking the day. While that might be ok for some people it might not be productive for others. Everyone is different and everybody functions in different ways. Learn what works for you. Some people think sacrificing sleep is a good way to hack productivity and wring a couple extra hours out of the day. This is not the case.
Most people need 7-8 hours of sleep for their bodies and minds to function optimally. You know if you’re getting enough. Listen to your body, and don’t underestimate the value of sleep. If you are tired then spend a night to catch up on sleep, you cannot work at your full potential if you are nodding off during the day or early evening.
6. Stay focused on the task at hand.
Close out all other browser windows. Put your phone away, out of sight and on silent. Find a quiet place to work, or listen to some music if that helps you. Stop procrastinating and stay focused on the task at hand.
7. Don’t allow unimportant details to drag you down.
We often allow projects to take much, much longer than they could by getting too hung up on small details. I’m guilty of this.
8. Be conscientious of the amount of Social Media/Internet time.
Time spent browsing Twitter or gaming or watching TV and movies can be one of the biggest drains on productivity.
9. Eat healthily and Exercise
Numerous studies have linked a healthy lifestyle with work productivity. Similar to getting enough sleep, exercising and eating healthily boost energy levels, clear your mind, and allow you to focus more easily. Majority of all successful people start there day with a workout or meditation, its good for the mind and the soul.
10. Utilize weekends
During the weekend there is always a few hours here or there that you can put to good use. Do not think that just because it is the weekend you can switch off and relax if you are behind or have something you need to do then utilize the time wisely and accordingly.
11. Create organizing systems.
Being organized saves tons of time, and you don’t have to be the most ultra-organized person in the world either. Systems aren’t complicated to implement.
12. Lock yourself in and stay focused
No distractions, no excuses. Sometimes, the only way I’m going to get something done is if I’m under lock and key, alone in a room. If you’re like me, realize it, and act accordingly.
Set yourself boundaries with work colleagues and or loved ones. If you need to get something done that is important let them know you will be unavailable for X amount of time.
You must realize the importance of maintaining a healthy mind, body, spirit and emotional state. Take time for yourself, celebrate your success and don’t take time for granted.
Now it’s time to take action. If you commit to using just one of these Time management practices for at least 30 days, you’ll begin to create your own Time Management System. You’ll be more productive and gain more time for and have time to reach your goals.
If you change the way you spend your time, you’ll change your life!