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Time is free, but it’s priceless!

Time Management

You’re late to your business partners? You sleep over important stuff? You’re always behind schedule? Getting anxious because you loose control over your time?
Well – wake up, shake your booty and get a grip of your life! Your time will pass and you will realize you haven’t achieved your dreams, so get MOVING!

Are you awake now!? Well let’s start.

  1. Wake up early! – to get up early doesn’t mean that you should sleep 4 hours/day – it’s better to get up at 9am after 7 hours of sleep, that to wake up at 7am after 5 hours of sleep. But still to get up early like 6-7 am is important, because you get time to prepare for your day and when the rush-hour starts the dullness is gone! But to be able to get up early and have at least 7 hours of sleep, “time-to-bed” is 11pm.
    Some will argue that they can’t go to bed before midnight, but practice creates habits. In addition to sleeping habits, forget “power sleep” – 30 minutes of sleep during the day. They make your body relax to the point that it takes time to get to action-ready state, and it makes it even harder to go to bed early.
    This point is really important – you’re time-managing success will be limited if you don’t achieve this sleep issue.
  2. Plan! – don’t talk about your plans, make them. Start filling your schedule and try to equip yourself with important tools that help you on that – it could be MS Outlook, Thunderbird, Google Calendar or any similar calendar tool. Also, use your mobile phone – most of mobile phones are equipped with calendar tools as well, so set-up synchronization between your desktop calendar and mobile phones, it will be much easier to have up-to-date calendar in any moment.
  3. Take notes! – notes are important because they are not connected with any specific date, but they memorize important facts for your tasks and missions. What is important about notes is you should take them instantly – at the moment you become aware of important issue that you should memorize – put it down to notes. Keep track of few different notes:
    • your job notes – everyday notes help you on remembering important data for your job, for example – take a note of an address that you will need to deliver some package to.
    • your private life notes – for example – name of cartoon that your kid wants for his birthday
    • your ideas – keep track of any idea that comes to your mind and that could be useful later on. This list is quite subject to erasing things, because many ideas drop from the list soon after you think twice about them, but sometimes you won’t have chance to think twice about them if you don’t write them down.
  4. Control your time wasters! – it’s not fair to point out your finger on anything specific as a time waster, because anything can be a time waster if you spend on it more time than you should. It is true that in average – internet, playing video games, television and mobile phones are one of the biggest time wasting threats, but reading books, doing sports or having meetings can be a big time wasters as well if you do it to much.
  5. 80/20/80 rule – since time is a limited resource, try to focus on your important things – spend 80% of your time on 20% of your most important things that bring you 80% of benefits. It’s not easy to always stay in these measures, but keeping them in your mind helps a lot.
  6. Care about your family! – there should be nothing more important than your family, so put your family in that 20% of most important things in 80/20/80 rule. It will make you feel better if you care about them and this kind of satisfaction makes you motivated for other stuff.
  7. Find a life partner! – if you don’t have a partner, look for one – it sounds funny to some of you, but it is in human nature to have someone to share your intimacy with. This is the opportunity to have someone honest by your side who will tell you of your mistakes and flaws. And when you find a partner, don’t try to change him/her, change yourself instead – it’s more fun!
  8. Get moving! - nothing above won’t help you if you don’t start with action, so go to bed early, get up early, make your plans and notes and start to work on important tasks by controlling time wasters.

It is estimated that

it takes 16 to 21 times of repeating a task to make it a habit

so it won’t come natural after a first day, but after some period of time you will plan your time without thinking about it. Good luck!

If you want to read more on this topic, I recommend a very affordable book Getting things done written by time organizing guru David Allen.

One Response to “Time is free, but it’s priceless!”

  1. Nadine says:

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