3 Techniques to Manage Your Time.

3 Techniques to Manage Your Time.

“Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.”

- Thomas Edison

Time is the most expensive thing. It can never be reproduced, recycled or re-used. That is why we always say that time is gold. But most people don’t see the value of time. They think some things are much more important than this, but in reality, we have to make each second count.

A day has only 24hours in it. A student and a regular employee spend 10 hours at school or office, 8 hours for sleep and that leaves them a total of 5 hours for their free time. But of course, in those free time, you need to prepare to start your day and feed yourselves. Looking back, we really not have enough time to enjoy our free time.

But how do the “busy people” manage it. The business owners, the CEOs, the artists, managers? They look like they have things figure out when it comes to managing their time. They do their work, manage their team, finish their projects and they can still manage to get out and have fun.

Truth is, time is yours. You are the only one who controls how you spend your time. Instead of managing your time, manage yourself. Discipline and self-control are the key to managing your time right. Your productivity levels are strongly tied to your energy levels, so aim to plan your most difficult chores when you have the most energy.

Here are some practice you can start to manage yourself in managing time:

1. Make a daily schedule.

Make a to-do list for the following day before you go to bed. Don’t even pull the covers back until tomorrow is as clear as today. Begin your day by doing the most critical assignment. You’ll give yourself a burst of momentum and a tremendous feeling of success if you start the day by finishing your most critical assignment. After that, the early avian gets the grub. I remember this book I’ve read, “Make Your Bed” by William H. McRaven. He explains the importance of making your bed as soon as you wake up. If you’re overwhelm to start a critical job in the morning, start making your bed. Why? Well, I’ll leave the reading for you to find out. *wink

2. Learn to delegate; it saves time.

You are not required to execute all of the tasks yourself. However, delegation can often be an inspiration. Concentrate on more urgent matters but don’t throw someone a lifeline. You may be distracted at some times and it might take a long time to regain your attention after being sidetracked. Your train of thought may have completely derailed you. Please don’t allow yourself this luxury — it’s not worth it.

3. Recognize that perfection isn’t required.

It’s easy to get busy with the need to make everything flawless. But without flaws, we wouldn’t have good cheese or precious marble. Progress is better than being perfect. Again, if it gets too overwhelming for you, take some baby steps along the way. Take it slow and when you finally have the momentum, push yourself through. Trying out several time management tactics to find which one works best for you may help you reduce stress, boost productivity, and start the new year right. But, of course, it’s better to be correct than be perfect.

Devote your time to activities that enrich your life. The challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves in practicing some techniques that can help us be motivated and inspired to start our day. Change the way you see things too; it can also help you. If you think that you’re going to be busy the next day, change the word busy into being productive. “I am going to be productive the next day.” And see how it will affect your mood in finishing your tasks.



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