We all tend to know at least one person who somehow manages to fit a load of things into their day while we struggle with the basics. These people seem to manage going to work, doing the house, attending a night course, and still find the time to fit in an active social life.
How do they do it? Well, it is because they are adept at making the very best use out of their time. You might think you are either not able to do this or not doing anything wrong, but with a knowledge of some useful techniques you will be enlightened.
You see, the biggest difference between someone who manages to get as much out of life as possible and someone who doesn’t is pro activity. You might be scratching your head thinking ‘ I’m not lazy’, but you might be surprised to learn how much of your time is spent being unproductive.
Think about your average day, from when you wake up to when you go to sleep, and ask yourself, ‘how many moments did I spend doing nothing today?’ Were there any points of the day when you didn’t work to maximum productivity? I imagine the answer is: ‘quite a lot actually!’
Time can see so inflexible and finite and yet I’m sure you have experienced the strange way that times seems to speed up or slow down in contradiction of what the clock says! You cant ‘manage time’ in the sense you control it, but you can manage your own use of time which is a key point to remember.
Every day you have 24 hours to available to you and you have choices about how you are going to use them. Ask yourself the following question during the day when things start to seem like they are getting out of control:
‘What can I let go of right now so that I can get back on track?’
You will probably surprise yourself with your answers. Sometimes you can drop something physical such as an item on your to do list. But often you can just let go of a feeling of tension and anxiety that is actually causing you to procrastinate.
Taking regular points in the day to reflect upon what is going on in the day will stop the day passing by too quickly before you have had the opportunity to get a grip on events.
There is no need to worry if you feel like you are not always firing on all cylinders. Sometimes you want to be full steam ahead, taking action on your goals, and other times you want to be quiet, meditative and concentrating on your goals.
There are loads of tools you can use to increase your effectiveness in managing yourself and your time, but before you run off and get started consider the type of person you are.
Do you enjoy working with the same systems or processes or do you get excited by new time management tools (an online diary system) but find yourself getting quickly bored? If you fall in to the latter category, you may need to consider chopping and changing your time management system from time to time.
You should also think about the time of day you work best in. For instance, are you an early bird or a night owl? Take advantage of modern working contracts, such as flexi time, and try to work at the time of day you are at your best. You will get more done and in a much quicker fashion.
Are you a self-starter or someone who prefers to be pushed by someone else? Some people are spurred on by rewards and others need a push, the old carrot and the stick idea. Some tasks need a push which means you should work with others.
The frame of mind you are in will play a big part in your productivity and the quality of your work. Do you over or underestimate the amount of time you have to get something done.
If you under estimate you stand to put yourself under unnecessary pressure; while if you over estimate you may end up wasting more time. The key to time management is to get the right balance between getting something done properly and as quickly as possible.
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