If you want to be happy in life, learn how to manage your time effectively so that you can get more done. How many times have you felt so stressed when you didn’t get things done? It’s a terrible feeling so you need to learn how to nip it in the bud.
So many times people feel that they just don’t have enough time in the day to get all the things that they need to get done..DONE! They start making up excuses, letting all sorts of distractions get in the way. And before they know it, they are feeling stressed which leads to getting absolutely nothing done.
Everyone wants more time, but they don’t want to do what it takes to get their life organized in a way that they get more done. I’m sure you get relate. Here’s the deal: If you want to spend more free time doing the things that you enjoy in life, you need to focus on things that you really don’t want to do in spurts of 15 – 30 minutes. Laser focused is the name of the game here. If you don’t, you’re going to find yourself living a stressful life indefinitely. Is that what you want? Of course you don’t.
If you were 50% more productive – 7 Surefire Ways to Get More Done
What would your life look like if you were 50% more productive? Really think about that for a few minutes. Close your eyes and imagine what it feels like to get more done in a shorter amount of time so that you can spend time doing what you love. Think of all the things that you would be able to accomplish. What would your mornings look like? How would it feel if you had more time for yourself? How much more calm and happier would your spouse and children be if you were happier and less stressed?
My guess is that it would change the way you feel about your life, change the way you live your life and give you more moments of happiness and joy. You would then have time to do the things that really matter to you like spending quality time with your family and friends, find more time to take care of your own needs and give you more time to do the things that enrich your life like learn something new, read books, take classes or help others.
Below are some sure fire strategies to help you to become better at time management.
1) Avoid Time Wasters: There are a few main time wasters that you have to be aware of. When you allow yourself to succumb to their seduction they waste your time, drain your motivation and sabotage your good intentions. It is really important to make sure that you are aware of these time wasters so that you can avoid them at every cost. When you have mastered the art of avoiding these time wasters you will be much more efficient and productive. They are checking email too often, forgetting yourself in internet surfing, not planning your errands according to location or convenience and pointless or endless conversations.
2) Stop Running In Circles: How many times have you caught yourself checking email, then going on Facebook then cruising the internet instead of just doing what you set out to do in the beginning. This can become a pattern that you need to break. Try noticing what time of day it happens most often and avoiding these activities during that time. You can also set a timer to accomplish tasks on the net, that way you have to focus to complete whatever it is that you are doing.
3) Conquer clutter: When was the last time you looked all over for something only to become frustrated and overwhelmed. Clutter and non conducive work environments can influence how productive you are. Find out what type of environment makes you feel good. Make sure you do not have to look for things, the quicker you find them the less time you waste. Clutter is also an indication of indecision. You have been procrastinating on the decision you need to make to deal with it. It can also be a symptom of you trying to avoid something or hiding something. It can also be a symptom of depression or anxiety. Look around you what does your environment say about you.
4) Schedule time off for yourself: Time that you do not have to do anything at all. These days should be holy and vigilantly protected. Take these days to do things that you enjoy like meditating, swimming, meeting friends, playing with the kids, laying around, watching TV, hiking, going to museums or taking time to enjoy hobbies. They should not be used to check email, think about work or to run errands. You need to take specific days just to tune out from work so that you can recharge your batteries.
5) Use the kids: Are you utilizing your kids effectively? If you have kids that have reached the age or 2 or three you can begin to teach them to do things that make your life easier. It can take some imagination but it is worth the effort. By the time kids are 2 they can go and get their own diapers or help you do very simple tasks. By the time they are five they can dust or put laundry away. By the time they are 7 they can put shoes away, make their own lunch or help with dinner. By 12 they can cook simple meals and by 14 they can do just about anything. Use them to help you. You are doing them a favor by showing them they are useful, capable, needed and important. You will feel good and the kids will feel great.
6) Prioritize: Prioritizing the coming day the night before can boost your productivity and help you to get more done than you ever thought imaginable. Take a few minutes each night to prioritize what you have planned for the next day. This allows your subconscious mind to begin planning the most effective way to make your day run smoothly and for you to accomplish your goals.
7) Be in the moment: When you make a conscious effort to be in the moment you are able to focus on what is important to you. Focus allows you to get into the zone and accomplish your goals almost on autopilot. Being in the zone or in the moment also lets you be completely present so that you can come up with new and innovative ways to solve the problem at hand making you more effective and productive all at the same time.
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