If you’re reading this article, chances are you want to achieve your higher goals in life. You’re thinking how exactly can you do to manage your time , maximize your productivity and achieve your goals successfully.
You probably have tried several time management methods before but they didn’t work. You tried one method and it didn’t work so you went searching more info and try another method. Again didn’t work so you went on and on, the process seems to be in a cycle. Those time management methods or tips just didn’t work for you and you’re stuck.
If you face this obstacle, you’re not along. Here i’m going to share 3 time management tips that I personally utilize and they actually work for me.
I started with the same situation with you, I have an ambitious goal of starting an online business. Ambitious because I’d never been in online marketing field(always been in engineering field) before so I had to start everything from scratch. On top of that, my English was not good back then so it made the progressing process even harder cuz I want to challenge English-speaking countries as target markets.
So I kept researching what methods are people using and what tips are people secretly implementing in order to achieve their goals successfully.
I actually implemented the methods into my life and see if it works.
Which therefore took me almost two years to sort out the tips that actually works for me .So I really hope the 3 time management tips I’m going to share with you in the following can save you much time.
(1) Reverse engineer your goal and quantify results in each process.
“Set goal- make plan- take consistent action” is the most common seen structure. It is said you can then save a lot of time wondering around, wasting your time doing unnecessary things.
“Yes but exactly how do I start?!!!!” Knowing the concept is one thing but real execution is another story. When I tried that, I thought it would work but turned out I not only made almost to none progress but also lost passion due to the frustration. Main reason, if you’ve never done anything related before, without mentors help, the plan you make is not going to be practical.
Don’t mistaken movement with progress.
Just by reverse engineering!
Example, want to build your online business and make $100,000 a year?
- Make $8,333 per month.
- If your net revenue is $75 per product. Then you need to sell 111 products monthly, which will be about 4 products daily.
- By the end of next week, review your results. Then adjust your plan.
Now some people might say, no you simplify too much. That’s not a thorough thinking and you’re going go fail.
You know what. This is simple but this can bring you to a steep learning curve and lead you more progress. Get the ball rolling. Get your momentum moving.
Look for improvement, not perfection. This take you closer to your dream goals faster.
Noted that this requires consistency. You can’t just hope next week your sales amount will grow just by crossing your fingers.
So by reverse engineering your goal – make you more progress, by quantifying your results in each process – bring you momentum & make you stay in a keep executing mode.
On top of that, there’s a bonus benefit that you could accidentally create new thing you’ve never thought about. We wouldn’t go to that topic today cuz here is the second time management tip!
(2)Block out your focus time and flexibility time
Everyone knows blocking out a time section for you to dive all in to work on your plan is crucial. But often the time people forget to add another time section intentionally for flexibility.
It’s awesome if everything goes well like you planned. But the reality is there’s always unpredictable things happen around our lives. Your colleague goes to you and ask for a small favor. Your family asked you to help them a little bit. Your friends call you to hang out with them. etc.
Saying no can eliminate some of them. But not all! So there must be some time that you have to go because you’re the only one who can complete the task. So this is when flexibility time section comes in handy.
You move your work into that time section so you won’t feel overwhelmed or too stressful because you’re still in control.
(3)Add timeline and cutoff point.
It’s cliche to say add timeline or set deadline. To me, the key is the “cutoff point” I called it. Meaning the final time point that you have to throw the piece out of your plan. You can’t postpone the piece to a year later still thinking someday you’ll complete that piece. NO.
You see, if you can procrastinate that piece on your list but you’re still making progress and realizing your small goals along the process. Then that means the piece is not important at the current phase. The only thing that piece of item will do to you at the time is to bring you anxiety of you haven’t get things done.
You can add the piece back one year later when that piece is one of the crucial components. Be honest to yourself when the cutoff point comes, determine whether those pieces are qualified to be on your current to-do list. If you procrastinate to do this, you’re procrastinate your dream goals sweet heart.
So these are the three big takeaways I want to share with you. I reaaaally hope this helps and you can achieve to your goal successfully.
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