It’s normal. Everyone’s wish is to complete a truck full of tasks within a short time. But, here is the bad news: Things doesn’t always turn out as we expect. Often, time is never sufficient.
Or, is time ever enough?
Well, I’m not with you on this. The truth is: Time is more than ENOUGH!
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the Pilot.”–Michael Altshuler
In our present world, many people find it hard to get things done. Not because they are natural time wasters, but because they only know of a few time management techniques–that don’t work.
Owing to this, you see these people skipping tasks, reshuffling their to-do list, skimming through vital books, and getting themselves choked up with multiple tasks.
Knowing how to manage your time can help you achieve more in a short while. With a proper time management hack, you can reply to a million emails, pack for a business trip, attend a meeting (or two), go skating, and maybe write a complete novel–in just a day.
Want to achieve more this year? Then grab a cup of coffee while I prepare the magical hacks.
Three, two, one.
Here you go:
7 Actionable Time Management Tips to Help You Achieve More
1. Begin Your Day with the Load
I’ve observed something cute. Don’t know if you’ve observed it too. My observation: Tasks done within the morning hours are often accurate and are completed in a short time.
Observed this too? Tell me in the comments, please.
Afternoons are filled with lots of work, distractions and a bunch of other time consumers. So, to make a good use of your time, try doing a few tedious tasks during the morning hours–preferably after breakfast or once you round up with your morning prayers (or meditation).
2. Allocate a Specific Time
Our brain works in a superb way.
Have you noticed what happens most time we set an alarm? We often find ourselves awake minutes before we hear the “griiin-griiin” sound. This event proves that our brain doesn’t store information only, but also work with time.
Here’s the point:
Allocating a specific duration to certain tasks can help you spend less time in achieving them.
Since the human brain is time conscious, it’ll keep sending the, “Hey! You’ve got 20 minutes left” message to the other parts of your body. Making you faster, more accurate and super active.
3. Stay Focused (Until It’s Done)
Most times we forget we are humans and not programmed bots. What do you expect when you try jumping from one task to the other? Like, when you…
· Wash the four tires of your car, then…
· Think of/Write out a topic for your next blog post, then…
· Jump on a treadmill for a quick warm-up, then…
· Wash the windshield of your car, then…
· Write an extra 300 words, then…
· Pick up a dumbbell and do a little “dumb-belling,” then…
· REPEAT! REPEAT!! REPEAT!!!
(Reading that was B-O-R-I-N-G, right? Well, that’s the idea.)
After hopping from one task to the other, you’ll end up spending 5 hours on a bunch of tasks that shouldn’t exceed 3 hours. That’s a waste of precious time.
Save your time. Don’t get stressed. Focus on, and complete a task before moving to the next.
4. Cut off the Junks
Temple Run, Grand Theft, Subway Surfers, Candy Crush, and other popular addictive games and apps are potential time wasters. Remember:
i. You won’t close the Cartoon Yourself app until you look so “Tom-ish” or “Jerry-ish.”
ii. You won’t quit the Photo Editing app until your looks become 10x brighter.
iii. You won’t send your friend the “G2G” message until you are done chatting and sharing pictures from the previous night’s birthday party.
Some things are just so irrelevant, yet time-consuming. The hack here is: Don’t get engaged with irrelevant things. You can always consider them during your spare hours.
5. Get Help
Need to complete a huge task in a short while? Then ask for help. When you get someone to handle a part of your task, you become available to handle and focus on the next “big” task on your list.
Want to make a sumptuous dish quickly? Then consider getting a friend to chop the vegetables while you prepare the chicken. This way, launch gets ready and served at the proper time. And, you get the chance to do the laundry, tidy up the garden and pick up Nancy from school. (Whoops!)
6. Merge “X” and “Y”
To manage your time well, you must learn to combine multiple tasks. While it’s impossible to combine some tasks, a few others can be performed together. For example, you can…
Since you can only do the three tasks while on the internet, you don’t have to do one, turn off your computer, and then do the rest later.
Instead, simply merge them!
Here are ways I merge tasks on a daily basis:
a. I do the entire social media promotion thing at once. Open four tabs; load Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest, and then copy/edit/paste an update on the four platforms.
b. I reply to emails, pitch my guest post idea to an editor and send a few follow-ups at once.
c. When tidying my house, I arrange the living room, wipe off the dust from the ceiling fan and picture frames and replace a few dead bulbs without taking breaks.
What tasks do you merge? Tell me in the comment section.
7. Move to the Next Task
Some tasks are just so-so frustrating and time wasting. And, if you focus on these tasks alone, then you’ll end up leaving other relatively vital tasks undone.
Don’t force it! Trying to upload a video on YouTube but experiencing a break in connection? Then leave it and move to something else. The network should stabilize after a while. But, who has that much time to sit and wait? Do YOU?
Here is how I save time during an online conversation:
When I discover the person I’m chatting with has stopped responding for about 10 minutes, I assume they are asleep or faced with network challenges. So, I turn off my internet connection, move to something else, and then check back later.
There are several tasks to complete. Spending too much time on one isn’t a good step.
When your time management techniques are solid, you won’t have any reason to move a task over to the next day.
Oh! Before you go, here are three little tasks for you:
i. Kindly share this post with your friends.
ii. Drop a quick comment below and subscribe.
iii. Turn off your internet connection and get back to WORK! 🙂
Easy tasks, right?
Let’s chat in the comments.