We all know what it’s like to experience that “there just aren’t enough hours in the day” feeling. How many times do we just wish for an extra two or three hours to spring from somewhere, just so that we feel we can catch up?
Often, our solution is to try to tag an extra couple of hours onto the end of the working day. We sacrifice our down-time, relationships, and even forego our precious sleep. It’s well known that adults need at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep every night. Without it, our health suffers – which is certainly not conducive to making the most of our time!
What we’re not realising is that our approach is all wrong. We’re clutching helplessly at time, hoping for more of it, and all the while ignoring the time we do have, and failing to make the most of it. The trick is making your time more efficient. Manage this, and you’ll start to meet your goals, advance your career, and improve your relationships and your health.
Take a look at these simple tips to help you take charge of your time.
- Get a hold of your weaknesses. What holds you back from managing your time? Procrastination? Forgetfulness? A scattered and unorganised approach to work? Make yourself aware of your weaknesses and focus in on them. Learn to recognise when your weakness is creeping in and try to stamp it out.
- Make your to-do list work. The problem with most to-do lists is that they don’t take into account your priorities. They only list tasks in the order in which they appeared to you. Your to-do list should be based on ‘importants’ and ‘urgents’.
- Plan ahead. At the end of each day, create a ‘Top 3’ list for the next day. Again, this should be based on what’s most important and most time-sensitive. Armed with this list, you’ll hit the ground running tomorrow.
- Organise your environment. A cluttered workspace is not only demotivating, but it’s also completely impractical. The same goes for your computer desktop, folders and files. Minimise wasted time by organising your real and virtual desk.
- Don’t let the online world eat up your precious real time. It’s easy to get lost in all the social media platforms we have constantly offering us endless pictures, videos, news and stories to scroll through. Set yourself a limit and then get back to the real world.
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