The old saying is true – we all have the same number of hours in a given day to get things done.
But it seems as if some people have learned the secret to maximize their days with full-blown productivity… while the rest of us feel like we are constantly struggling just to perform basic tasks.
So how do some people manage to have the most productive day ever?
It’s simple – they’ve learned how to manage their time well.
Don’t know where to start.
Don’t worry, we’ve got ya covered. Check out these tips on how successful people prioritize their time.
Most organized people organize their time in blocks.
During a certain block, they are only focused on the task at hand – whether it’s reading emails or doing household chores.
Gone are the days of believing the lie that multi-tasking produces productivity!
In fact, studies now reveal multi-tasking makes people less productive! Each time the brain has to switch gears and/or simultaneously juggle multiple tasks, less is actually getting done.
On the contrast, by taking the time to schedule like-minded tasks in blocks, you can focus your time and mind on completing the task at hand – and you’ll end up getting way more done.
Your block schedule is personal, and there is no right way!
So figure out what works best for you and get creative! You can make it as broad or detailed as you’d like – and even make small blocks for running errands or hitting the gym.
Truly organized people guard their time wisely!
Boundary breakers will always seek to try and steal your time – claiming that their latest emergency is your emergency, expecting you to drop everything you are doing to cater to their latest crisis.
You’ve got to set clear boundaries and not let other people rob you of your time.
Take whatever precautions necessary to minimize distractions – whether it’s putting your phone on silent, putting it in another room, or going to work outside of the house.
Discern Between “Important” And “Urgent”
If everything is a crisis, then nothing is a crisis.
Likewise, if everything is seen as urgent, then nothing is urgent.
Successful people know the difference between important and urgent – and often “urgent” is someone else’s crisis, not yours.
Take time to plan out your important activities so they don’t become urgent (such as hitting a deadline at the last minute).
Having a little bit of leeway in your schedule will allow some room should something truly urgent (like a sick child who needs to be picked up from school) arise.
And if something is neither urgent nor important – put it to the backburner.
The Value Of Time
Time is the most valuable asset – even more valuable than money.
We can always make more money, but we can never get more time.
But instead, we can learn to steward the hours we’ve been given and make the most out of every hour – and really use our time well.
By guarding our time and organizing it well, we can become more productive and gain better control over our days.
Do you have a hard time prioritizing your time?
What are some ways you’ve tried to manage your time better? What do you find to be the hardest part?
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