One minute it’s 7am and before you know it, it’s 11am already. In fact, from my experience it seems time moves faster when we are not doing anything or when we are doing less important activities. I’ve had many problems with time management myself and have read many books on time management to help myself out.
Time for us is too important. In fact, it’s the most important commodity for us when we lose it, we can never get it back. But this article is not about the times we’ve lost but rather about how we can make up for the lost time.
Time itself is the only scarce resource and it’s supply is inelastic according to P. F Drucker and he is right. You can get more money but you can’t get more time so the only choice we have is to manage it. It is perishable and can’t be stored. You can substitute one resource for another but for time? It is irreplaceable
Here I will examine Top 10 tactics i use to save time and do more every day.
1. First things First
As am writing this article, i want to:
– See an episode of the Magicians series
– A full season of the good wife
– Watch football highlights
– See some Tennis highlights
– Read my Whatsapp group messages
– Check my Facebook, Instagram and my twitter accounts and many other tasks.
Now, here is the catch, the time i will use to do these unimportant tasks will probably be more than the time it will take me to write this article (especially when am feeling inspired as I am now). So, I made the bold but inconvenient choice to write this article first (am writing this at 5:24 am). The best clue to save time and do more is not really about doing more tasks per day, it is about doing the important ones first. Get your priorities right
2. Have a routine/Schedule
If you don’t have a schedule it will be difficult to get things done. Routines are important, set a time when you know you’re most effective and do the important things then. For me, it is at night for most people it is the morning, so learn to do the important things when you function best.
3. Set deadlines
Have you heard of Parkinson’s law? It states that work will take as much time as you allocate for it. If i want to complete this article in a day, i will. If i have 5 years to write it, it will take me 5 years. This is true for most of us. Deadlines are good, it keeps us on our toes
Doing two things at a time seems nice, we often thing the more we multitask the more things we get done but this have been proven wrong times without number. Focus on one task at a time and see it to completion.
5. Set goals!
Goals are different from dreams in the sense that they have time frame. e.g I can have a dream of writing 50 articles, it becomes a goal when I say I want to write 50 articles in a month. Goals are like dreams with deadlines. Set long term goals and short term goals.
6. Take breaks
In between your works, take breaks if possible take short naps. It is good for out health and it refreshes us. Even a computer sometimes needs a restart.
You can’t do everything! And that’s why you have to allow others to help. If there are tasks you don’t like or wish to do, simply allow people to do it for you. It saves your time and allow you to focus your energy on other things.
8. Be on Time
It is often said that Punctuality is the soul of business and it is true not just for business but in every part of our life. Always be on time! It saves your time, enables you to be more productive and improves your self-worth.
9. Avoid Procrastination
Procrastination- popularly called the thief of time is nothing new to us all. Sometimes we just love to do it. It must be avoided at all times. Setting deadlines is a way around it.
10. Be Organized
Being organized is one of the best ways to save time and be more productive at the same time. There is so much to do that we can actually be lost in them and being organized can easily. Proper filling for office workers is an essential step for organization, you can spend more time looking for one file or the other .
Follow these easy tips to get more organized:
-Arrange your house and put things where they should be
-Create better filling system at your office
-Keep your office work place organized
-Keep your PC and Emails tidy
It’s amazing how much time we can save by being organized!
If you follow the tips here i can guarantee that you save more time and be more productive. Share this and subscribe to our email channel for more.
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Written by Cynthia Aniston for Wikeria