Time is a precious commodity and everyone gets an equal share. But everyone uses it differently. Even societies have different attitudes towards time. Use time well with the following tips.
The first is that you need to set goals.
Decide what you want out of life and organize your time according to your goals. Your goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. You should also regularly evaluate and review your goals to check whether you are moving in the right direction.
Second, you should plan and organize.
Using time to think and plan is time well spent. No one plans to fail, but many people don’t plan. Organize and plan in a way that makes sense to you. Otherwise you will find yourself dealing with problems as they arise rather than creating opportunities to avoid problems and make progress.
Third, you have to put first things first.
Stephen R. Covey, in his book ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’, concludes: “The one common denominator that all successful people share is not hard work, good luck, or good human relationships, but ‘putting first things first’.” By prioritizing the first things, you eliminate the urgent and concentrate on the important things. Urgent tasks have short-term results, while important tasks are those with long-term, goal-related results. Work to reduce the urgent things that arise and you will have more time for your important priorities. If things are important, they contribute to your mission and help you achieve your goals.
Fourth, you must conquer procrastination.
To perform at a high level and make good use of your time, it is necessary to conquer procrastination. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. We procrastinate when faced with long and difficult or unpleasant tasks, even if they are quite important to us. When avoiding something, break it down into smaller tasks. By doing a little at a time, you will eventually reach a point.
Fifth, clarify what time of day suits you best.
For example, I like to read at night and write in the morning because I am exhausted in the afternoon. “Knowing when your best time is and planning to use that time of day for your priorities is effective time management,” said Kathy Prochaska-Cue, an extended family economics expert.
Sixth, you need to be flexible.
Allow time for interruptions and distractions. Time management experts generally recommend planning 50 percent or less of one’s time. By planning only 50 percent of your time, you will have the flexibility to manage unplanned emergency interruptions.
Seventh, reward yourself.
Celebrate success, even for smaller achievements. Promise yourself a reward for completing the task. Keep your promise to yourself and enjoy the reward. Doing so will help you maintain the necessary balance between work and play in life. As Ann McGee-Cooper says in her book ‘Time Management for Unmanageable People’ “If we learn to balance excellence in work with excellence in play, fun and relaxation, our lives become happier, healthier and much more creative.”
Make good use of time with these 7 points. Even if you find it difficult to implement them all at once, don’t give up and start one by one. Reach the goal by going slowly without forcing yourself. The point is to get on that path.