The time period of 24 hours. There is still the same number of hours in a day. If you adopt some powerful suggestions for effective time management and productivity. That doesn’t mean it always feels that way, especially in times of unprecedented stress and commotion. Now more than ever, time is of the essence, and with it comes the ability to get things done and do a good job. You can’t make more time in the day, so you have to figure out how to maximize the time you have.
Need more time than today offers? If you want to get more done in less time, here are 10 effective strategies.
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Establish Your Goals
Step one in effective time management is to establish clear goals. Setting objectives is a necessary first step in mastering time management. To be able to make sense of your mission and set reasonable goals, you must first have a firm grasp on the “why” behind your “what.” Create a mission statement for yourself that not only describes your goals, but also your motivations for pursuing them. In this case, let’s say you’re interested in the taco business. This is an excellent (and tasty) objective. Now, To bring joy to people? For the sake of bringing them together? Because you want to honor your roots? If you have a clear sense of why you’re doing what you’re doing, you’ll be able to set more effective goals and achieve them more efficiently. It’s not worth your time if it doesn’t contribute to your overall goal.
Get used to hearing “no”
When I was first starting out, I tried to seize every chance I could to expand my professional circle, gain experience, and educate myself. While the “fear of missing out” mentality can be useful when learning the ropes of a new field, it is counterproductive when it comes to scheduling. The more you take on, even if it’s for your own personal development, the less time you’ll have to focus on what really matters. One could also put it this way: whenever you give your approval to something, you have to reject something else.
To improve your time management skills, you must learn to treat your time as a finite resource and invest it where it will have the greatest impact, rather than on people or activities that aren’t contributing to your larger mission and goals. Although it may be difficult at first, learning to say “no” will help you protect your time and focus on your overall mission.
Intensely focus on Where Do You Spend Your Time Right Now?
How efficient do you consider yourself to be? How good is the work you’re putting out there? Without concrete numbers, those are just open questions. One of the first steps toward improving one’s efficiency is gaining insight into one’s current patterns of time use. You might realize, for instance, that you spend far more time than you realized on social media or that you spend far too many minutes each day pondering what to write in an email. You can make the required changes once you compare how well things are going to how you currently use your time.
Conserve Your Strength
Rationing your energy is another useful strategy for time management. The most productive people, so the myth goes, are those who get to work at the crack of dawn and are in the zone by the time the sun comes up. A startup’s CEO may be the first to rise in the morning, but there is always one more who is still asleep at that time (and who actually needs the shuteye to do their job well).
Not giving up sleep is essential if you want to manage your time well. The key is to figure out when in the day (or night!) you have the most energy and focus and schedule your tasks accordingly. Think about when you have the most energy, but also remember that vigor isn’t the only factor in success. When do you find yourself having the most ideas? When do you find that you are most able to concentrate?
If you find that you have the most energy and focus in the late morning, right after you’ve had breakfast and coffee, then save your most challenging tasks for that time. When do you feel the most exhausted, on the other hand? Don’t waste that time on anything more complicated than mindless administrative work.
Preparation is Key
When you don’t prepare, you prepare to fail. Because of this rule, I spend the afternoon every Sunday preparing for the coming week. In order to keep track of everything I have to do in a given week, I pull out my trusted notebook and pen, settle in at the dining room table (or my home office), and get to work. Then, I turn each objective into a series of time-bound steps. Planning at a high level helps me focus on the big picture and accomplish my goals. Planning down to the task level is essential so that you don’t squander time on activities that don’t move you closer to your end goal. For instance, before attending a meeting, you should prepare a list of topics to cover and objectives to achieve. The guidance will keep you from losing sight of the big picture, which will save you time.
Reduce Outside Interferences
When trying to get work done or stay on schedule, distractions are a major hindrance. However, finding a quiet spot to work on your laptop isn’t the only solution. It’s all about clearing your head of mental clutter, or the “work” that you tell yourself you’re doing but which doesn’t add anything to your actual output. These time-wasters are referred to as “half work” by James Clear, author of Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones.
Let’s say you’re preparing a presentation but you keep getting distracted by email. As part of your job, you are expected to read and respond to emails, and doing so can feel like actual work. When you’re not fully invested in what you’re doing, you don’t stick with it for long periods of time, and you end up wasting twice as much time as you would if you just gave the task your full attention. The next time you’re short on time, make concentration a priority. Get rid of the minor interruptions that keep you from focusing on what really matters.
Avoid Switching Between Multiple Tasks at Once.
You may feel as though you are more productive when you are juggling multiple tasks at once, such as checking email while on the phone or switching back and forth between different projects. But if you’re anything like me, the more “tabs” you keep open in your head, the less attention you can give any one of them. If multitasking is so bad for efficiency, why do people do it? Experts claim that switching between multiple activities at once wastes more energy than focusing on any one of them separately. Worse, when you’re constantly switching gears between different responsibilities, you can’t give any one task your full attention, making it impossible to achieve the productive “flow” state. Switching between activities wastes time because it takes mental energy, and it prevents you from getting “in the zone” for any one of them.
Think about your future self.
The way we choose to manage our time today will have consequences for the future. How you spend your time now affects how much time you have in the future to get other things done and, just as importantly, to take breaks and rest.
So, if you’re having trouble keeping track of the present, try visualizing your future self-doing it instead. When you consider the benefits and drawbacks of your current actions on your future self, you sharpen your focus and increase your awareness of the consequences of your choices. There’s a good chance that your future self would like to teach your current self some time management skills.
Never Confuse Urgency with Significance.
Each day should be filled with productive activity, as there are many tasks of critical importance. However, this does not imply that the issues at hand require immediate attention. If you mix the two up, you’ll waste time and likely miss your deadlines.
First, a primer: Tasks that are urgent require that you take action right away, while those that are merely important have greater consequences but may not require immediate completion. When planning your day, give priority to things that are both time-sensitive and crucial. As soon as you’ve finished those, you can move on to the important but less pressing items on your list.
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Stop and Refresh
Taking a break from your work may seem counterproductive when your ultimate goal is to complete your project. However, a break is necessary for the brain to function at peak efficiency. There is no hard and fast rule for how long a break should be, but some research has suggested a formula for a work/break rhythm, such as working for 52 minutes and then taking. Everyone has a different maximum concentration span, so the best time to take a break also varies. After engaging in sustained high-level cognitive activity, our brains eventually tire and we experience a decline in performance. In a sense, breaks are like pressing the “reset” button. You should take your breaks seriously and do something completely unrelated to your job. Get out and walk around. You should sprint up and down the stairwell. Get in touch with someone close to you by giving them a call. Once you’ve taken a break, you’ll be able to return to your work with renewed enthusiasm and the sense that you’ve actually gained time.