How to Manage Your Time Wisely in 15 Brilliant Ways
Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.
Do you always find yourself short of time?
Do you find that you don't have enough time every day to finish all your tasks?
Do you wish that there were more than 24 hours in a day?
Then you need to read this article because it will help you to manage your time wisely.
Don't say you don't have enough time.
You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo-Da-Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
It is you who has to decide how to use this time. Time is more precious than money because money lost can be recovered but time lost can never be recovered.
But the wonderful thing is that you can learn how to save time. You can learn how to use time wisely and make something beautiful out of your life.
With this in mind, I have listed 15 different things which you could do to manage your time wisely.
1. Make sure to complete your most important tasks first
You need to make a habit of listing all your tasks for the day and then choose the most important tasks.
It is very important to finish these tasks first. When you finish the tough tasks first, it becomes easier to finish the easier ones later on.
Your energy levels are high in the morning, so it's the best time to get the tough tasks done.
2. Remove all distractions
There will be distractions every day so you need to take care to block them out before they become stumbling blocks in accomplishing the important tasks of the day.
3. Don’t wait for getting inspiration - just do it
Another secret of using your time wisely is to do what needs to be done whether you feel inspired or not.
Most of the tasks that you need to finish don't need inspiration, they need perspiration.
Go ahead and do what needs to be done even though it may be mundane and boring.
4. Multitasking will waste your time
Many people have the habit of multitasking.
While it may seem like a good thing, multitasking does not really save time.
You end up being a jack of all trades but master of none.
After multitasking, you will have to get the task redone resulting in more wastage of time.
5. Don’t get caught up with small details
Many projects get delayed because you allow unimportant things to take up your attention and get lost in the small details.
Giving attention to details is a good thing but if you don't move forward then it becomes a waste of time.
If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
6. Take regular breaks between tasks
If you really want to save time then you need to take breaks between tasks.
Taking breaks refreshes you and removes mental blocks so that you can finish the job at hand with fresh energy and vision.
So, even though it may seem like a waste of time, taking breaks actually helps you to complete the task well in time.
7. Take advantage of waiting times
There are times when we have to wait-maybe at a clinic or at a shop or in a queue somewhere.
You need to make the most of this time by finishing some tasks while you're waiting. By doing this you will be redeeming a lot of time.
8. You will do well to organize your email
In this digital age of communication, a huge number of emails take up space in your inbox.
If you don't have a system about when to check your email, whom to respond to, and manage it properly, then you will be wasting a lot of time.
Schedule time every day where you read your emails and answer the ones which need to be answered.
9. Use your online calendar
Using Google calendar will help you to organize your time properly.
You can block your times and days to become better organized.
There are many online calendars available nowadays which you can use to simplify your activities and to save time.
10. Learn the art of saying no
One thing that you need to learn, is the ability to say no to some people and certain activities.
You need to understand which task is important and which people you want to give your time to.
Learning to say no will save you a huge amount of time and energy.
Time slips away like grains of sand never to return again.
11. Don’t answer the phone just because it’s ringing
Another activity that robs your time is the cell phone.
Answering the cellphone indiscriminately will result in losing a lot of time.
Make it a habit to turn off your cell phone when you are doing something important. You don't need to answer the phone every time it rings.
12. Start early
Most of us are very good at procrastinating.
The easy way out is to keep on saying that I will do it tomorrow because we know it will get done eventually.
But think about the time that you will lose by doing so.
It's better to start early and it's totally possible if you are determined to do it.
13. Spend time on TV and the Internet wisely
The television, internet and cell phones are huge time wasters if not managed properly.
You need to be very disciplined when it comes to spending time on these three things.
If you are not careful, then these can eat into your time very easily every single day.
Have a set time to watch TV, for games and for socializing.
Don't keep on checking your phone all the time because it is a big time waster.
14. Create systems to help you become organized
If you learn to be organized, you will save a lot of time.
Create systems to handle your tasks and you will save a lot of time.
You could easily create something like a filing system for your documents.
You can unsubscribe from email lists that are of no value to you.
You can put certain things in the same place so that it becomes easy to find when you need them.
Organizing yourself in these ways will save a lot of time.
15. Find time to be still
Finally, you need to take time out for yourself.
You need to have time to just sit still, doing nothing.
These times of silence, reflection and stillness will automatically reduce your anxiety and stress levels.
They will prove to you that you don't need to be on the move constantly and you don't need to rush all the time.
This will make your work more enjoyable and pleasurable.
How many time wasters from the list have you identified in your life?
Friends, everyone has exactly 24 hours to do whatever they want to do daily.
No one has even a mini second extra or less.
Some people seem to have all the time in the world but some people are always running helter-skelter trying to finish their tasks.
We need to learn how to save time so that we can accomplish everything without any hurry, stress or anxiety.
If we learn to implement these 15 tips I listed above, then it will become very easy to do everything in good time and to use our time wisely.
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Nitin Khaire