How to Make Better Use of Your Time
Learning how to better use your hours enables other changes of all kinds. You will need to become more productive if you want to achieve any of your goals this year.
“Better use of my time” is not one of New Year’s most common resolutions. However, life is lived in hours, and making better use of your hours allows for all sorts of other changes. If you’re so rushed and harried you’re constantly hitting the drive-through, it’s hard to lose weight.
Fortunately, it is quite straightforward–and probably easier than swearing off the fries–to acquire better time management skills.
Working Smarter, Not Harder:
The old adage, “work more intelligently, not harder” has become a staple in the way I go about any kind of work.
Rather than being robotic about how I approach tasks, I try to be thoughtful and always ask myself whether something can be done more efficiently or completely eliminated.
Managing my time doesn’t mean squeezing as many tasks as possible into my day. It’s about making it easier for me to work, doing things faster and relieving stress.
It’s about clearing up space for people, playing and relaxing in my life.
I promise that there are really many hours in a day to do all that you want to do, but it may take a little time to rearrange and reimagine.
Here are some tweaks which could make your year more productive.
1. Keep A Time Log For 24 Hours:
Try to write down the exact amount of time you spend. The one week track is ideal–this is the life cycle as we live it–but it is also helpful to keep track of one day or two. You’ll begin to see models: a morning routine that’s always longer than you would like, a split afternoon work because you didn’t really take a lunch break. The first step to better spend your time is to know how you spend it now.
2. Don’t Waste Your Commute:
Find anything worth listening to, or rather share a ride with a friend, a colleague, or your wife, one day a week.
3. Make A “Bits Of Time For Bits Of Joy” List:
While managing time is pretty good, it’s easy to spend with tiny chunks of time that are difficult to use. You have 20 minutes before a meeting begins or expect something in the microwave to clear in eight minutes. Make a list that doesn’t take much time to list things you love doing.
4. Stop Saying “I Don’t Have Time:
You might think you don’t have time to exercise, but if someone offered to pay you $250,000 this year to exercise five times a week, you’d probably find time to do it. There is, therefore, no lack of time. A more precise statement is “this is not a matter of priority.” Instead, try to use this language each time you are tempted to claim lack of time. Talking about priorities instead of time reminds us that time is a choice and you can choose differently if you are not satisfied with how you spend your time now.
5. Stop Hitting Snooze:
Before breakfast, don’t spend your precious willpower fighting your own battle. Either set your alarm for the time you actually intend to get up or recreate “snooze” time the night before by getting to bed earlier, allowing you to drift off slowly.
6. Write Major Priorities On Your Calendar:
Would you like to find a new job? Search and networking schedule an hour, two to three times a week. Would you like to write a book? It is unlikely that it will happen alone. So schedule 6-7:30 a.m. writing time. Until it’s done, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Planning is what makes fantasies feasible.
7. Scrutinize All Recurring Meetings:
Do they really have to happen? Could they happen less often? Could they happen informally? You can buy yourself hours a week by forcing meetings to earn their place in your life if you work in a meeting-addicted culture.
8. Don’t Allow Unimportant Details To Drag You Down:
We often allow projects to take a lot, much longer than they could by hanging too much on small details. This is what I am guilty of. I was a perfectionist at all times.
What I have found, however, is that the desire to constantly examine what I have done so far can be pushed past. I’m much better off pressing on, finishing the bulk, and then revising things.
9. Leave A Buffer-Time Between Tasks:
It’s hard to appreciate what we’re doing and stay focused and motivated when we rush from task to task. It can be a breath of fresh air for our brains to allow ourselves to have downtime between tasks. Go for a short walk, meditate, or perform some other exercise of mind-clearing while taking a break.
10. Get An Early Start:
The impulse to procrastinate plagues almost all of us. It seems so easy, and you always succeed in finally getting it done, so why not?
Take it from a recovering chronic procrastinator— getting an earlier start on something is so much nicer and less stressful. It’s not that hard either if you decide to do it firmly.
Enjoyment should be the goal at all times. Work can be play.
We’re so busy that we forget to enjoy what we’re doing. Even if we concentrate on working more intelligently, we are still too often focused on doing things.
This is never going to be the point. Ask yourself: What can I do to enjoy what I’m doing more time?
The goal should be to arrange your commitments in such a way that, even while you are working, you are happy to live out the details of your everyday life.
This may sound like a pipe dream, but in today’s world, it is more possible than ever. Be curious. Be open to the chance. Know yourself Take on your passions.
Wonderful things are going to happen. Best of luck putting these tips into practice and let me know if I can do anything else to help you.