TAKE YOUR TIME MANAGEMENT GAME TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH THESE 6 EASY STEPS
Time is one of the most precious commodities at our disposal. Delegating these limited blocks of time to tasks that we deem highly pertinent is a big deal. Time management is a subject that, over the years, has garnered much traction, but little do people know what it actually takes to manage it for real. It's quite a task initially, but once it gets programmed, it's nothing but a walk in the park.
Without wasting any further time, let us dig deeper into it and see what those six tangible steps are that you can follow right now and ace in your game!
Before you jump in and find out how to cope with these time issues, you've first got to be cognizant of yourself - sit down for a moment, relax and ask yourself what I do that devours my time. It's something that you should better be asking yourself daily. Because time management is a marathon, and you can't expect to win once in a while, you've got to put in effort every day to get good at it. There's no other way.
Prepare a list of the activities you indulge yourself in, consistently.
- Do you hang out with your fellows too often?
- Are you a gaming enthusiast?
- A Netflix lover?
- Do you go out with your lady a lot, maybe?
That could be anything; the possibilities are endless. And deep inside, you know what takes most of your time. In this first step, just be conscious of your daily routine. Don't fuss over adding or eliminating anything; we'll get into that later.
Prepare a To-Do List
A To-Do list does wonders and if you've not yet leveraged the benefits it brings to the table, you're really missing out on a great deal.
As Robin Sharma says,
The first thing you must do when you wake up in the morning is writing your To-Do list. You must know what lies ahead, and it'll signal your brain to prepare you for the day's tasks. Before you sleep today, slide a journal under your pillow and right after you wake up, fill it with the activities you plan to do.
Now, the map is clear and you're all set to embark on a journey you'll love!
Set Time Slots
Back in 2018, James Clear wrote a book named Atomic Habits – The catalogue stressed how setting a specific time slot in the day to perform an activity could help deal with distraction. Through the research, he concluded we're more likely to do a certain thing if it's pre-assigned a block of time.
We suggest you replicate the same for anything you do. If you find yourself sitting on a chair, playing games all day – Set a slot at any time of the day and once the clock hits your mark, leave everything no matter what.
Make use of Parkinson's Law to accomplish a job. Read more about the law here on this LINK.
Multitasking doesn't exist. It's merely a myth in the market that you can get multiple things done simultaneously. The human brain doesn't work like that.
Wanna test it out? Here's an activity for you!
Close your eyes, visualize a giant elephant and over him a man wearing a blue sleeveless.
How was that? When you visualized the scene, did anything else occupy your mind? I'm sure not. It's because we're designed to do one thing at a time.
Society has deceived us into believing it's fine to simultaneously work on many jobs, which definitely is not.
Get out of this loop and focus on one task at a time, which will maximize your potential and help you direct your energies smartly and efficiently.
Distractions suck the energy out of us and you can't let that happen. With the advent of social media, maintaining focus is quite challenging. It keeps deviating or going off the track, but you have to block these distractions if you're really into acing your time game.
The messages will pop up, the emails will come right in and it's normal; everybody goes through that. You can either use a "Do not Disturb" mode or simply turn your phone off and place it where you can neither see nor touch it.
Write the day's highlights when you're about to slide under the covers at night. Register what went wrong and what could possibly be done otherwise. Where did you waste your precious time, and where else could you invest and reap the rewards. It's not just an interrogation; you must appreciate yourself or feel grateful if you've done everything right and everything went as planned. Pat yourself and gear up for the next day.
Write comprehensively in your journal about how you're feeling, having spent the day you desired or planned.
It'll release a rush of endorphins in your body and set you up for the day ahead.
This is all you have to do to take your time management game to the next level. If you want us to assist you with the task, we have software that tracks your progress and helps you formulate better decisions.