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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.