5 Ways to Manage Time Better
We can’t ever stop time, let along reverse it or slow it down. So, why not learn to manage it better, and prevent ourselves from craving that 25th hour.
1. Learn to say “no”
Avoid biting off more than you can chew. Learn to delegate the work that is stretching you beyond your feasible workload. Try to avoid delegating at the last minute. When you plan your day, there will always be a few tasks that you are doubtful about managing, or some that require too much effort and time to be invested for a good quality end-product. After planning, reach out to someone at the outset itself so they can make the task a part of their plan.
2. Give it 15 minutes
For days when you are stuck in a rut, attempt the task at hand for exactly 15 minutes, and then take a break. This strategy aids when you have trouble starting a high-pressure task simply because you dread the pressure. With a scheduled break, you dilute the potential stress. Over time with the application of this strategy the procrastination curse will slowly fade.
3. Plan with a buffer
Make realistic plans, factoring in delays and breaks, ensuring that you actually stick to schedule. Not being able to live up to your own timetable can be disheartening, and this usually happens because we over-promise to ourselves. But everyone needs breaks, and delays are inevitable. So, giving your plan buffers of 10-30 minutes, can make it significantly more achievable.
4. Identify enthusiasm
The moment you or someone else feels excited about a task, grab the opportunity. Attempt to make work available right at the moment of engagement. This is a very important step in mobilization, especially if you are delegating tasks. Considering how easy it is to feel like procrastinating, seize the moments when you feel just the opposite!
5. Optimize email
Use the Boomerang plugin to schedule emails for a later time, receive follow up reminders, and even temporarily hide emails that are not a priority yet. Sometimes a crowded inbox can be distracting and overwhelming, even though some emails are important for later. In such cases, it is imperative to eliminate such distractions and address them later.
It’s not the number of hours you have, it’s the way you use them that matters