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10 Tips for Mastering Your Time
Are you usually late, or do you feel like you have so much to do with so little time? The key to a productive lifestyle is to successfully manage your time and reinforce good habits when it comes to time management. Mastering your time allows you to be more productive and ultimately, you will feel more fulfilled when you have your time in control.
Techniques for Mastering Your Time
1.) Make a timetable – Plan your day and follow a timetable. Planners exist for a reason. Those notebooks with hours are made to remind you of what you have to do. Begin with setting a time for waking up—for work or weekends. If you wake up at the same hour regularly, your body will naturally adjust to this cycle and although it is initially hard if you had a previously different schedule, you will get used to it. Allot time for tasks such as cleaning the house every morning, weekly laundry every Saturday, grocery shopping mid-week. Stick to your planned timetables and as you go along the week, you will anticipate the things you have to do regularly.
2.) Follow your timetable strictly – A key to making all of these tips to work out is to strictly adhere to your timetable. Time is of the essence, and when you know you have a packed day ahead, you will also know how every moment lost will affect your overall productivity.
3.) Make lists – The sole act of writing something down ingrains it into your subconscious and you get a reminder that there is something you need to do. By having a handy notebook with you, you can jot down things you remember you have to do before the day ends. For every task you finish, cross it out and feel that little moment of success for accomplishing a task on time. If you prefer, you can use productivity apps on your mobile device which you can even use to set alarms and remind you to do things.
4.) Being busy and being productive is not the same thing – Being busy doesn’t mean being productive. You need to accomplish the priorities for the day instead of wasting effort on something you can do when you have more time to spare.
5.) Have a clear idea of your obligatory time and discretionary time – Obligatory time is for when you need to appear for meetings and attend to time-sensitive tasks. Make sure you clear your day for the most important activities, and fit in the other, less important tasks for your discretionary time.
6.) Block out distractions – Distractions may be in the form of television, the Internet, and other unnecessary external factors which may take your attention away from what you are doing. Focus on what you are doing and check your social media accounts later when you are done with tasks. At home, when you watch TV, you might forget that you have a simmering pot of stew. Focusing on one task at a time can actually help you be more efficient and you can accomplish more.
7.) Allot time for calls you have to make – If you need to make reservations, if you have to confirm meetings, begin your day with making all the necessary calls so that you can plan for the following days and adjust your timetable accordingly.
8.) Set aside time before sleeping to fix your things for tomorrow – Doing something in advance to make sure you have a few extra minutes in the morning is advised. Prepare your bag, documents, and other personal effects before you turn in so that when you leave in the morning, all you have to do is grab your bag and go to work.
9.) Assess your daily checklist to see if you accomplished everything – If your checklist has a few tasks you weren’t able to do, make sure you include them in your set of tasks to do tomorrow—as the priority tasks. This way, you clear your mind of your duties from the previous day and can proceed guilt-free with your tasks for today.
10.) Allot enough time for your activities – If you know you can finish a task in two hours, set your schedule for 2 hours but strive to finish it sooner. This makes you more motivated to beat your own personal record, and you can also feel a certain kind of fulfillment when you know you were able to meet your personally set deadline for your tasks.
Final Words on Time Management
Each individual has a different style of accomplishing things, but more often than not, having an organized plan of attack helps you more. Your productivity depends on you, and by trying these tips out, you will see how much more you can do in a day!