Ever feel like you’ve just finished half of things written on the to-do list and a day has already ended? You’ve been busy. You didn’t slack off, and kept working hard continuously but just couldn’t get all the things done. As if time somehow slipped away?
The quickest way to improve your productivity and performance is to manage your time wisely.
Time is the fairest thing in the world. Everyone gets 24 hours a day no matter rich or poor, men or women, old or young. So everyone can master time management if they start learning. So today I’m going to share with you 7 time management tips which will help you dramatically boost your productivity and performance.
- Set goals and clarify the “why”
It’s impossible to reach the goal without having the goal, make sense? We all want to become better, but what is “better” to you? …Do you want to make a fortune and reach financial freedom? …Or you want to build a body shape like model? …Or you want to have closer relationship with your family?Setting clear goal so as to make it happen in your reality.
The goal that YOU want to achieve, not what the society told you that you should.
When you’re thinking about your goals, clarify your “why” helps. Why do you want to achieve such goal? Is it what you truly want in life, something you’ll regret not doing when your life ends? Knowing your ambition can help you see the bigger picture and minimize time that you dwell on unimportant things. It will get your momentum moving when encountering obstacles, and will boost your motivation that gets you to your goal.
2. Schedule your day ahead.
Waking up not knowing what you are going to do could make you forget important tasks, or taking too much responsibilities on your shoulder, and you may not be able to present the best version of you or hand out your best work because of tight timeline and overwhelming stress.
Here’s the thing, productivity is not something you have, it’s something you do. By spending 30-40 minutes on Sunday scheduling your week plan ahead can save you hours of time that you might be wasting on weekday thinking what to do repetitively. It’ll not only boost your productivity, but also can dramatically increase your sleep quality.
3. Learn to say “NO”
People don’t like to say no because the human nature is that we want to be liked. Often times we feel we should do that and we feel guilty for saying no, in fact, we don’t really have to. Because you can be a good person with a kind heart and still say no.
Saying no can be the ultimate self-care. Give yourself the permission to say no to anything that drains your energy or derails you from achieving to your goal. If you want more time, more energy, more freedom, start saying no.
4. Block out things that might distract you
Distractions are the terminators to your high productivity. A study done by the University of California, Irvine shows that it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get yourself back on track after being interrupted. Meaning, even if you’re lucky enough and only got distracted 3 times a day, you lose an hour of work!
Turn off social media notifications, let your colleagues know that you won’t be available during a certain period of time(but are more than happy to let them reach you in another time period), muted email notifications and check email inbox twice a day.
As Winston Churchill said, “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”
Multi-tasking doesn’t exist. When people say that they can, it just means they can switch between tasks quickly. And the truth is, multi-tasking won’t help you get things done in shorter time. It’ll actually take longer time and decrease the results quality.
Besides, multi-tasking can harm your creativity because it takes up a lot of your brain’s temporary focus and energy. So next time you might want to focus one thing at a time and start the next task after the prior one is done.
6.Plan your meal ahead.
Yes, I mean it. It seems insignificant, but in the reality, thinking what to eat can waste you at least an hour per day. If you have a long working hour job, that hour makes a whole lot different.
Spare a few time in your Sunday afternoon to prepare meals for the whole week. Imagine how would you be feeling if you get an hour more sleep everyday…worth it, don’t you think?
7. Take breaks
Human are like rubber bands. You can stretch it, but only for a period of time then you need to let it snap back otherwise it’ll fatigue and lose it elasticity.
In order for you to complete all your plans, you have to take breaks and unwind a little bit between intense work sessions. Those breaks doesn’t need to be long, it could be 5-10 minutes. You can scroll throw social media, surfing on the internet and reading articles that you’re interested in, et cetera. Take a break can lead to breakthroughs.
Having great understanding about time management is incredibly crucial in life because when you know how to master it, you can be accomplishing so much more in less time. I hope these tips help.
What’s the #1 time management tip that you want to start implement from now on? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!