We’ve all had to deal with procrastination at some point in our lives. Not only does research show that procrastination levels are rising but statistics show that 40% of people have experienced financial loss due to procrastination. Surprisingly, we spend more time worrying about what we need to do rather than simply doing it. Time is a very precious component of our lives, that we unfortunately misuse. In a world surrounded by technology it is important that we do not allow it to negatively affect our daily lives. No matter our age, sex, or status, we all tend to fall into the same procrastination bubble and can all benefit from similar advice regarding how to better manage our time.
Whether you are a parent, entrepreneur or a student, this guide will help advise you on steps that can be taken to make sure you use your time more efficiently, and become someone that is overall effective at time management.
Time management revolves around two major factors, time and management. If we look more closely management refers to mindset andself-control. It is important to realize how much more successful you can be as an individual if you effectively do this as it can open a window to self-discovery and growth.
Recommended steps that you can take today to improve or start managing your time are:
- Write a to do list – write down five things you need to do in your day early in the morning. This will help you focus and give your day direction. You will be more productive and encouraged to stay on task.
- Prioritize your actions – prioritize what is most important and get that done first so it’s out of the way quickly. By prioritizing what is most important will help set your mind to achieving what is most urgent.
- Utilize your resources and the skills of those around you – people around you will be better at different things than you. Utilize their skills to help you achieve your goals, and be sure to share your skills!
- Give yourself a deadline – This can easily be achieved by keeping a calendar – a healthy relationship with your calendar is important as scheduling when you want to finish certain tasks will help you keep track.
- Break up complex tasks – by setting small simple tasks that will lead to you achieving your overall complex task is a wise way to go as it will allow you to not get overwhelmed or stressed as easily.
- Exercise and be fit – exercising your body will help you feel energized throughout the day, helping you be productive and to efficiently finish the things that need to be done. Research has shown the multiple positive effects of exercise which range from boosting your memory, improving your concentration, and enhancing your creativity.
- Sleep well – it’s important to get 8 hours of sleep so that you feel re-energized. Research shows that those who get enough sleep perform at a better rate than those who do not. This is because when we are sleep deprived our memory, judgement and mood are impacted negatively, hence affecting time management performance. Research also shows that adults who sleep fewer than 8 hours a night are more likely to experience stress, anger, overwhelmed and loss of patience.
- Disconnect –it’s no secret that social media is very distracting and can lead you to lose focus from that tasks you need to get done. Continually being attached to your devices can easily deviate you away from your tasks as well as waste a lot of time and make you feel lazy. Studies show that it is important to avoid anything with a screen within an hour of going to bed as it can lead to irregular sleep.
- Take breaks – whether it’s doing something you enjoy like cooking, drawing, reading a book, meditating, praying, or listening to music, breaks are an effective way to clear your thoughts and allow you to relax, rebooting your mind to make sure each task is done with the same amount of effort and ensure consistency in performance.
Undertaking these steps and considering all these factors, will help you save time, aid in improving your overall time management and help you achieve your goals successfully.