Time is a very important factor to take note of in every aspect of life. In the midst of the daily busy schedules, it’s often difficult to fully accomplish all tasks, talk more of engaging in the activities we really want. Most people create working schemes but eventually find themselves not heeding to these schemes.
I work on my blog and on my studies a minimum of ten hours a day and still find time to engage in social activities, play games and watch movies! Pretty cool right? How do I do it? Read on.
The reason why most time management posts are ineffective is because most authors focus chiefly on what is conveniently working for them and neglect the audience’s interest.
It is and will always be about what works for you. The tips below are conveniently working for me, however, it’s not guaranteed they’ll work for you.
Nevertheless, I’m positive even if the tips below on how I effectively manage my time is inconvenient/ineffective for you, they’ll be of great help in guiding you to discover what works best for you.
Below hence, are the list:
1. I don’t use working scheme
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By working scheme, I mean placing the daily tasks in an order which they’ll be accomplished, together with time to accomplish them.
Time management requires flexibility and most times working schemes don’t consent this — Working schemes are often rigid and ignore mood and unplanned events.
Take for instance, according to your working scheme you are to study 9pm-10pm daily, but unfortunately someday something comes up and deprives you of that time range. You’ll definitely want to make up for your reading. However, if you attempt to squeeze the reading into the scheme anyways, you’ll end up congesting other tasks included in the scheme — this usually results in needless haste thereby causing unnecessary stress.
My way of doing this instead is: I create an agenda (make a list) of daily goals and objectives to aim at.
This system has really been of great help to me. I list down all works to be done and then, I do the works at my own time and convenience. I don’t force myself to engage in tasks just to cover up the working scheme.
Either way, working schemes can be of great help if you learn to include intervals between tasks. It could be minutes, hour(s), it’s totally up to you. It’s all about what works for you.
2. I practice biphasic sleep
I personally consider monophasic sleep (six to nine hours in one stretch) unsuitable for me because of my work, and lots of studies label polyphasic sleep (many naps spread evenly) unhealthy.
As I said, it’s about what works for you. Putting the nature of my work into consideration, it’s certain that I can never be very productive in the daytime. I mean, think of the bothersome noises — the buzzing and ear-piercing sounds from vehicles, people, and devices — it’s really disturbing.
The biphasic sleep enables me to take five to six hours sleep in the night after which I’ll cap it with a single nap in the day. This, in turn, help me work late at night or very early in the morning and have enough time for other tasks in the day — after completing my sleep of course. Also, it is psychologically proven that the brain is always at the peak of its functionality in the mornings. Therefore, if you are a student struggling with time issues, I’ll recommend you try out this technique and study early in the morning.
Note: This doesn’t mean you should try to deprive yourself of sleep in order to become hyper-productive. It simply means you should review the nature of your work and the tasks you intend to accomplish and therefore practice and decide what sleep style is more suitable for you.
3. I prioritize
As I said earlier, regardless of work, I still engage in my desired activities. However, I can’t and don’t engage in these activities till my priorities are accomplished. As a matter of fact, some days I decide to overwork myself in order to take the next days off.
The Principle of priority states (a) you must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important, and (b) you must do what’s important first. – Steven Pressfield
No matter how occupied your schedules may be, you’ll certainly have free days.
Instead of spending your free days idly or turning up, learn to utilize them to lessen the grind ahead. Just then, you can end up creating free time/space twice instead of just one day! It’s that simple. Also, be sure to cut off activities that add no value to your career as they’ll only consume more time, resources and space.
4. I turn down unnecessary appointments
Often times, it’s easier to accept new appointments without a cross-check on our schedules. However, as a time-conscious dream chaser, this shouldn’t be so.
In as much as every appointment seeker expects you to hurriedly say “yes,” take the time to deliberate before deciding!
This helps me prevent the addition of needless new appointments to the already existing lots, and therefore help me save time.
5. I avoid being overwhelmed by quantity of tasks
Being overwhelmed by task quantity is a time waste itself. Why ponder over quantity of tasks when there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. In fact, by pondering over it, you’ll eventually end up weakening and demoralizing yourself, thereby making it harder to take the first step towards accomplishing such task.
As long as I have a listed agenda in mind, I avoid being distracted by quantity. I focus wholly on the particular task at hand, and in no time all tasks get accomplished.
While accomplishing tasks, discover what builds your focus and put it to use — be it music or anything at all.
Of course, it’ll be inappropriate to talk about time management without making an emphasis to speed. I time myself in every task I engage in and try my possible best to accomplish such task before the time runs out. Being able to do this will put you in a more focused state of mind. It’ll help you be in absolute control of your time and schedules.
Lastly, even if this last point is the only one that sticks to your mind, put it to practice.
7. Avoid busyness
Switching from task to task without bringing any to completion or, bringing up work all the time just to seem more serious/professional thereby forgetting to enjoy your leisure time; none of these will help you save time or make you more productive.
Switching through tasks without completing any will only make the tasks seem more complex and therefore cause more procrastination and time waste.
Learn to focus all your attention on the particular task at hand at a particular time, and successfully bring such task to completion before engaging in another.
Learn to be in absolute control of your time, schedules, and your life. Construct a personally convenient working scheme or practice the agenda listing system. Always learn to put priorities above everything else.
I hope the above-listed tips were helpful to you in a way or two. You can always drop your comments below or add a method conveniently working for you in order to assist fellow dream chasers.
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