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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

20 WAYS TO MANAGE YOUR TIME FOR SUCCESS


Each moment in your life you need to recognize what works for you and what does not. Chances are you are dabbling in different things at the same time and nothing seems to make sense. Today is the perfect time to figure things out.

Yes, managing your time is a difficult task. There never seem to be enough hours in the day, but if you learn how to properly manage the hours you do have, the results may astonish you.

Below are 20 ways you can manage your time with relative ease:

1. Block all social media during the work or study, limit using it as much as possible

There’s no better way to procrastinate than by browsing social media. One minute you are stalking your ex and the next you’re on your sister’s best friend’s Facebook timeline. Social media sites know no limit and can literally get your sucked in for hours and not even realize it. So limit your usage of social media in general. The time spent on social media is time you never get back.

2. Create a schedule/routine

By creating a schedule, you can better prepare yourself for the weeks ahead. It allows you to put all your commitments in front of you so that you may realize the time you can dedicate to each obligation. It also helps to prioritize, as you are picking and choosing what you have time for.

3. Don’t waste your weekends being drunk

Nothing prevents productivity quite like a hangover does. Your weekends are when you typically have your most free time, so try and capitalize on it instead of getting unnecessarily drunk

4. Don’t over promise and under deliver

Commit to plans you only intend on keeping and save yourself the stress. Don’t commit to things that you truly don’t feel like being a part of.

5. Reserve time for yourself

Preserve your mental health by recognizing when it’s time to take a break and separate yourself from the anxieties life brings. It’s beyond beneficial to spend some time alone and reflect on the choices and decisions you have been making as of late. Decide if that’s the person you want to be or if changes need to be made.

6. Prioritize your sh*t

Don’t waste time on things that are of little importance to you.  If something is more time sensitive than something else, then it is best to work on that task first.

7. Set daily goals/tasks

When you wake up in the morning, whether or not you feel like P.Diddy, it’s extremely productive to know what you want to set out and accomplish that day. This will help to prepare your schedule and allow you to make adjustments in real time.

8. Make deadlines

By creating deadlines for yourself, you can hope to avoid the trap of procrastination.

9. Don’t go out every night

While going out is a great way to relieve stress, going out seven days a week isn’t good for your health, no matter how old you are Your sleep cycle will become disrupted and let me tell you firsthand, no one wants to hear your raspy voice that drinking brings on.

10. Get good rest

Sleep is one of the most important things you need in order to maintain good mental health. You need at least 7 hours to function throughout the day. Nothing is harder than trying to concentrate when you got fewer than 5 hours of sleep the night before.

11. Get a planner

Whether this is a physical notebook or an application for your phone, writing things down helps to get them done. It also helps you to remember to do things if you write them down.

12. Don’t procrastinate

When you wait until the last minute, you have to cut corners as you don’t have time to work in a meticulous fashion. Save yourself the stress and anxiety of rushing and plan out your projects.

13. Delegate / outsource

Do not make the mistake of taking on everyone’s responsibility when the work can be appropriately divided. This saves everyone time and allows work to be completed in the most efficient manner possible.

14. Focus on one thing at a time before moving on

When you try to accomplish more than one task at a time, you detract from your focus and distract yourself. By having your attention needed in more than one place, you may end up making careless mistakes.

15. Learn to say no

Stop saying yes to every single opportunity! All you are going to do is stress yourself over the anxiety of a multitude of plans. Learn when to say no. 

16. Don’t commit to more than one TV show

Try not to have more than one show going for you at a time because hours can pass without you even realizing it.

17. Work out

Exercising helps to keep your mind at ease while keeping you focused. It reinforces the importance of establishing a routine, something that can be applied to multiple aspects of a person’s life.  It also doesn’t hurt to look good.

18. Get up early

If you don’t think you can get to everything you need to during the day, you may need to wake up earlier. By waking up earlier, you can get to more tasks. This may mean reducing the amount of partying you do, but in the long run, it’ll be worth it.

19. Don’t date a high maintenance person

The worst situation you could ever get yourself in is to date someone who is basically out of his or her mind. Dating a high maintenance person can be emotionally taxing and draining and basically leave you without energy for anything else.

20. No unnecessary drama

Do not waste your time dealing with people who only bring negativity into your life. You need to surround yourself with people who are constantly pushing themselves for the better. If you consistently surrounding yourself with negative people, it will hinder your progression in life. 

Now that you've got the tips, be inspired! Go ahead and be a better you!
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