Simple Time Management Tips

nature does not hurry yet everything is accomplished - Lao Tzu

Make The Most Of Your Time

Do you ever feel like you just don’t have enough time in the day to get everything done? Does your to do list fill you with dread? Do you have all these great ideas and plans and never enough time to implement them? What you need are some simple time management tips to help you get back in control.  I know exactly how you feel as I too have been there.

As you know, these days there are all kinds of devices and technologies around to help you save time.  But the more things there are to save time, the more it seems like we do not have enough.  We could all use a little help getting more done, so here are a few tips on help you manage your time wisely and fit more into your day. Strategies and tips to help you overcome the feeling of not having enough time. To help you work a better life.

It Starts With A Plan

It starts with making a plan. To be at your most productive, try making a plan.  Each project you take on, be sure to plan it out ahead of time.  Include each step you are going to need to take, and who and what you need to get it done. I really like the Asana for this, or you can use good old fashioned paper, or a spreadsheet.

Once you have an overall plan, use this to make a plan at the beginning of each day.  Before you do anything in the morning, make a list of what you need to get done that day.  

Eat That Frog!

There is a book called Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy. The premise of the book is that if you start each day by eating a live frog, nothing else you do that day will seem that bad.  While you are probably not going to actually eat live animals, this is a great philosophy to use in your life. And it works. The book is a great little read, I definitely recommend it – you can take a look at it here if you are interested.

Start each day by picking the hardest thing on your to-do list, the thing you are really dreading.  Once you get that thing done, everything else in the day will seem much simpler.  Plus, the feeling of accomplishment will energize you and help keep you focused throughout the day.

Dealing With Distractions

If you are easily distracted and nothing seems to be working to stop that, try removing the distractions totally.  If you keep playing video games, go somewhere without internet access or a TV.  If you keep getting distracted by the kids, work while they are at school or when someone else is there to take care of them. Keep a clean and tidy desk. Tell other people that you need some distraction free time and ask them to respect that – the less distractions you have, the quicker you will finish and be able to spend time with them. The whole point is that not having distractions is much easier than ignoring them. 

Accountability

If you have trouble starting work or keeping on task, get a buddy to help you.  The biggest problem most people have is keeping to deadlines.  If you do not have someone to report to, like a boss or manager, then you have less reason to get things done.  Ask a friend or family member to check on your work and push you to keep going or get started. Or post on your social media that you are going to complete a task by XYZ time and will check in when it is completed. If you feel accountable, you all get more done in less time.

Take A Break

Regular breaks are also important too. One of the best things you can do to get more done in your day is to take breaks.  While it seems counter-intuitive, giving yourself a rest every so often helps you re-energize and make better use of the time you do have.  Whether it be taking the occasional weekend off, doing some yoga or deep breathing during the day, or just sitting in a quiet room drinking your coffee, you need to take some time to recharge. I quite like the Pomodoro technique where you work for 25 minutes and then take 5 minutes to step away from the computer, stretch and walkabout. It is also a good time to drink some water, keeping you hydrated. You will find your concentration levels are better if you stay hydrated too.

State of Mind

The above tips are all good practical tips that will help you gain control, but your state of mind is important to remember too. If you constantly tell yourself that you do not have enough time, then you won’t. Last year, in my photography business, I often felt that I didn’t have time to do everything and that things were getting on top of me. However, when I changed my state of mind, was more relaxed about time and taught myself to believe that I had enough time, I founf a big shift in both how much time I had and how much I achieved.

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