‘Tick Tock Tick Tock’ manage me and your day will rock.
Of course it’s the ‘TIME’ !!!!!!!!
‘A goal without plan is just a wish’ says -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Here are some 20 time management tips to plan your time and turn your wishes into goals.
1. Wake up early
The most important time management tip is to wake up as early as possible.
To manage time, one should have maximum time, which you can gain by waking up early.
Keep in mind, early to bed and early to rise makes the man healthy and wise.
Many successful people like Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Tim Cook have a habit of getting up early and they utilize their time in a good way.
2. Prepare a To-Do list.
It takes not more than 10 minutes.
This will help you in getting an overview of your work and how and when to manage them.
Writing down your tasks clears up your messed mind and gives you a nice satisfaction every morning.
There are many apps available for the same.
A good start to a good day.
3. Prioritize your goals.
Every task is important in its own way, but prioritizing them makes it crystal clear how much time to invest in one task.
Sometimes we give importance to a difficult and time consuming work even though it is not so important at that moment.
One thing I learned from 4 hour work week book.
Hence, the more crucial task gets delayed.
So, while preparing the to-do list itself, think and prioritize the tasks accordingly.
4. Cut yourself some slack.
There is no harm in thinking a bit selfish.
Heavy work and pushing too hard for something leads to an unhealthy and tiring brain.
You might feel that you are completing your tasks, but are you really enjoying it?
And apart from enjoying also, this way your tasks become more time consuming as you get tired mentally and physically, thus your tasks keep postponing which can be frustrating.
Plan accordingly, take some rest and achieve your goals.
5. Prefer smart work over hard work.
Definitely hard work may bring out the best in any task, but you have to accept the fact that it takes a lot of time.
Lazy people find the simplest and smartest way to complete a task as quick as possible.
Well, thinking lazy will finally get paid for working smart.
6. Give yourself a dead line.
‘Deadline’, this one word gets you all worked up and awakens all your senses.
Bitter truth is sometimes even though you know the importance of your work you just keep lingering it.
In college, you completed assignments even in one day due to fear of deadline.
In real life too, implement this tip and complete your work on time.
7. Follow Kaizen method.
This is a sino-japanese method, meaning improvement.
The main idea behind this technique is small daily improvements lead to major changes.
Try doing same work on same time every day for 21 days , it will automatically becomes your habit.
For e.g. – You brush every day , this has become your habit and it isn’t difficult for you.
This method works efficiently for exercise and workouts.
8. Seek for help.
The ‘Time and Work’ problems from our school books have taught us that a work done by a team finishes faster rather than done by individual.
Exactly, if you sometimes take help of relevant people, your work will be completed before time.
9. Prepare a time table.
Remember your school days; we always followed a time table in some or the other manner, like getting up on time, having lunch on time, doing daily homework etc.
Weren’t those the peaceful days?
Time table was one of the reasons and you could easily fall asleep peacefully on time.
I personally suggest that never bombard yourself with tons of chain works, take a small time in between to relax and refresh your brain. This is of utmost importance.
10. Keep your things organized.
A messy room may look cool, like you don’t care about this stuff and all, but deep inside you know that is actually bothering you.
Keeping things organized keeps your mind also organized.
Once you get everything organized, you will save your time searching for things, you won’t misplace anything and of course it will feel better.
There is no better pushing you, than motivation.
Simple daily life experiences of other people can be motivating. Look at your parents; they are an epitome of time management. We often tend to ignore their management skills, but these things may not even be taught at an MBA college. Other motivation may be from social media videos, stories, and your friend’s success in their own field. Motivation to time management is motivation to successful life.
11. Keep yourself busy.
By saying keep yourself busy, I don’t mean to tire you with tons of work but, make the most time of your day.
A busy person has better chances of doing a work than a free person.
A free person tends to postpone the work by saying there is still lot of time but a busy person knows that he doesn’t have much time and tries to complete the same work before running out of time.
Doing things on time gives you more time for relaxation.
12. Earn more time.
I know you must be thinking, how can you earn time when all you get is a fixed set of 24 hours,1 week and 12 months.
Well, what I mean is, time saved is time earned.
Stop wasting your time in things which are not at all productive and does not give anything in return.
By returns I don’t mean only in monetary terms, but also happiness, relaxation, something new to learn, etc.
13. Reward yourself.
Another best way to motivate you is praise yourself.
When you manage the time perfectly always reward yourself with something or at least pat your back.
If you start loving yourself you will definitely move a step closer to success and satisfaction.
14. Prefer calling over chatting.
Now, this one is the simplest yet ignored tip.
When things can be completed quickly over calls, why waste time in chatting.
In your daily routines, in offices or colleges, there are many tasks that involve other people also.
Communicating with these people over chats is literally too much time consuming and can cause ambiguity.
15. Stay clear of distractions.
Distractions lead to doubling the time required to fulfill a job.
For e.g., many of us now have a habit of checking cell phone every now and then, no concentration and focus in single work will definitely take much more time for completion.
Apart from cell phone there may be other distractions too, well just keep your mind absorbed while doing the work and it will get completed in less amount of time.
16. Replace your time
This is somewhat similar to ‘earn more time’ point.
In this strategy, prepare a chart of two columns.
In first column note down all the things you give time to but are totally not needed and can be avoided.
In second column note all the hobbies (writing, reading, dancing, etc. which you have left behind or are lagging behind), household chores(organizing cupboard, trying new recipe, etc.),others(visiting bank, learning something new, etc.).
Now, match the pairs where which hobby or work can be adjusted with the first column.
This way you will see how much time you have.
For e.g. – Surfing on social media websites (actually a waste and brain blocker) can be replaced with reading a good novel.
This tip is a bit difficult at start but once you get used to it, you will be an expert in managing time and completing many works in limited time.
For this, you can stack same kinds of work together and complete them simultaneously.
You can even find out easy ways for doing such works; your smart work and organization skills can be useful here.
But don’t get yourself tired in this process, only do multitasks with smaller things.
18. Appoint a mentor.
Even if you make a schedule, you should stick to it.
If you are failing to keep a check on yourself, you must allow someone else to control your schedule.
You don’t have to appoint someone with salary, but friends or family can help you.
It’s okay to let others control you for your own benefit.
19. Leave comfort zone.
Don’t just plan in mind, get yourself out of the couch and start implementing it in real.
One more thing about getting out of comfort zone is stop giving lame excuse of ‘No Time’.
Equal time is allotted to everyone, it’s just how one makes the most of it.
– Written by Rutuja Daphale (Intern at BoldBlush)
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