This is the million dollar question for most of us. How do we squeeze more into our day without losing our minds or our personal time? There are many articles written on the subject, including this article here. No matter how many of these articles we may read, we still keep falling short for some reason. I am going to break this down into 5 main points. This way it stays simple in your mind.
1) In order to get better with time management you have to get better organized. Any kind of organization is the key to squeezing more into your day. You can read more about getting organized at this link. In this article, Rocco speaks about how he maintains his organization and his overall success in the hustle and bustle of New York.
2) What is your most productive time? Is it in the morning? Is it during the afternoon? Night time? It does not matter when it is, as long as you get things done. Identify when this time is and make the most out of it. Everyone tends to get lazy and sluggish once their “productive time” is over. This is one reason why so many of us fail to accomplish all we want to. We try to accomplish certain tasks at the wrong time. Pick the right time.
3) Make a list of everything you want to get done during the day or night. You will not be able to accomplish everything, but you can get 90% of it done by making a list. Identify what is considered to be a top priority. Start with your highest priority and work your way down. Add the unaccomplished items to the top of the list for the next day.
4) Get up earlier in the day. This never works for me. I am not a morning person. Many of you are. Get up with your cup of coffee and check your emails. Do all the mundane stuff while you are waking up. Once you have woken up, then start working on the other tasks at hand. It sounds simple. It does work. Getting up an hour earlier will add one more hour to your day.
5) There are going to be distractions each day. There are going to be things considered a “big waste of time”. These are different for each person. Some consider t.v. to be a waste. Others consider going on Facebook or Twitter a waste. Avoid doing these things until you have accomplished everything you need to. Wait until the end of the day to enjoy these things when need be.
“Haste makes waste”
Want to avoid this Achilles heel? Keep a schedule and stick with it. Do not deter from it, no matter what is put in front of you. Sometimes the biggest reason we do not get far is because we create excuses and not action.