Martin Bixel - 08 Feb - 0 Comments
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you simply cannot fathom how exactly some people manage their schedules and get everything done in time? If you’re reading this, your answer is most probably yes. However, it’s important to understand that this is nothing you should beat yourself over. Everybody has trouble organizing themselves better, especially during more difficult and busier phases in life. Even the most successful people you admire so much definitely had to go through some self-reflection, and take the time to sort out their lives in order to make them manageable. Be it a businessman who has time for work, family and hobbies, a mom that still has enough energy to take care of herself together with her children, or even a student that excels in their studies while still having time to party, remember that you can achieve the same thing you desire and admire if you just put your mind to it.
So, what kind of time-management secrets can you easily adopt from successful people you look up to in order to make your life more organized and your time perfectly utilized? Of course, some tips will depend on what your future goal is all about, but generally speaking, you probably won’t be able to climb the success ladder much unless you do your best to make the most out of the following mindset tricks first.
1. Write your plans down
You may not be aware of the fact how much writing your plans and things you really want to do can make a difference in your life and actually help manage your time better. Essentially, the biggest problem people have is to make themselves do the things they need/want. The willpower necessary to make the decision and move is a lot stronger than the willpower necessary for doing what you have to once the decision is made. And, miraculously, writing down your plans for the day/week, with a specific time and place of realization, can help you finish your tasks in time and follow the schedule because you won’t have to deal with the decision making constantly – you’ve already made the decision and wrote down the specifics.
2. Set realistic goals
Again, in order to manage time better, don’t expect a ton of magic tips on how to plan your days hour by hour. This is going to be different for everyone. If you want to make time for everything in your life, you also have to keep yourself motivated. Unfortunately, motivation is hard to obtain and easy to lose. Therefore, when you’re planning your days/weeks, set realistic, achievable goals for yourself. This will make it so that you’re not afraid to do the extra things and finish the additional tasks like the successful people in all areas of life, from business to parenthood. This consequently leads to better time-management with your obligations and responsibilities to others and yourself done and over with!
3. Minimize the waste
By writing down attainable goals you will be already making serious improvements when it comes to better time-management. However, this is not the only way to minimize waste. What does the waste mean though? Basically, this is the time you spend doing unproductive things (or simply nothing) that take away the possibilities to organize yourself better, like your successful role models do. In that respect, think about the things you do daily that do not add to your productivity at all. Do you spend too much time on the Internet? Do you overthink yourself into fearing the obligations you have? Cut down the time you spend doing things like these considerably, and replace them with something productive. It doesn’t have to be immediately something exceptional, but you can at least do things around your home, exercise, prep and plan the meals, etc.
4. Know when to save time
There will be plenty occasions when you won’t be personally responsible for losing valuable time from your day. There will be a lot of tasks such as shopping, looking for different services, dealing with repair work when necessary, and so on that can also make time-management more difficult. So, what do successful businessmen, multitasking moms and excellent students have in common? They try not to get involved in things that don’t involve them directly. This means that they do their shopping online, have a Mobile Mechanic car repair service come to their home address, have their carpet cleaners come to their place, and so on.
5. Perfection doesn’t exist
There’s no such thing as a perfect mom or a businessman that never failed in their endeavors. Instead of brooding over the fact that you can’t manage absolutely everything perfectly, stop wasting that time and focus on things you’re doing great. Successful people are not those that do everything by themselves and are immediately perfect at everything. They know how and where to invest their time and effort. There’s absolutely no reason to burn yourself out.
Of course, keeping and following a smart schedule every day requires you to take care of yourself. There may be some nights when you can’t get enough sleep but do your best to rest well on other nights. Most importantly, eat a balanced and healthy diet, and drink plenty of water so you have enough energy to reach for the stars.