We all badly wish if there is a more time in the day, May be instead of 24 hours if we get more hours then life would be amazing. But this remains only a sweet fantasy.
When the day is over and we look back at what we accomplished, most of the times we wonder where all of those hours went off. Time just passes away so quickly and there’s no way that we can earn it back.
We can get desired job and can earn abundance of money again and again but we can’t earn or get back the time we once had. So only way to use your time consciously and productively is manage your time effectively to get most out of the day. Effectively managing time is a skill that so many desire but so few have.
Set Clear and Realistic Goals
An absolute must prior to being able to manage your time effectively is to set clear goals on what you want in life. You might think to yourself that you already know what you want, even if you haven’t set goals down on paper. If this is the case, then you’re very wrong. Why? Because setting clear goals down on paper is remarkably different than merely setting them in your head.
If you engage in passive goal setting, then you’re less likely to have a good handle on your time management. This can lead to severe frustration, because deep down in your subconscious mind you might know what you want, but you haven’t organized those desires into clear goals. It hasn’t become visceral for you. Actively set your goals by deciding exactly what you want, when you want it by, and why you want it. You have to be absolutely precise here when doing this. Don’t be afraid to write out exactly what it is, down to the very last detail, that you want. Don’t just say you want a lot of money, say the exact amount of money you want, what specific date you want it by, and why you want it.
Set Your Priorities.
Clarity on your role means knowing what your priorities are. This will make it easy for you to determine what you need to say yes or no to. This tip is especially helpful if you are getting a lot of requests from clients and colleagues. This is one of the keys to becoming more proactive than reactive.
You have to get organized if you want to properly manage your time. But how do you get organized? Well, first thing is first, you have to set your goals. If you didn’t do that, then stop reading and go do that now. Once you’ve set your goals, you have to organize them. What are your long-term goals? What are your short-term goals? Break your long-term goals down into milestones so that you have a target you’re aiming at each month, week, and day. When you know what you want to accomplish one year from now, you can easily break that down into monthly, weekly, and daily targets.
Once you have your list of goals organized into milestones, then you know what you’re aiming at. When you wake up in the morning, you can have a better sense of purpose. It will also help to ensure that you’re doing a little bit each day towards those goals, no matter how small of an amount that is. When you can organize goals into milestones, and you place that list in front of you, your mind can’t ignore what needs to be done. If you choose not to get organized, your mind has an easier way of helping you to avoid those all-important daily tasks every day.
Manage your energy.
When you have a lot of responsibilities and tasks on your plate, the usual response is to put in more hours at work and give up rest, exercise, or recreation time. This results in higher levels of stress, health problems, and loss of focus.
Manage your attention.
In reality, you can’t really manage time. Time just keeps moving, but you can manage your attention and your ability to focus. The first thing you need to check is where your attention currently goes. Make a detailed list of all the activities you do in a day and beside each activity, take note how much time you spend working and focusing on them. You’d be surprised how much attention goes to activities that are not really contributing to your goals and priorities.
The next thing you need to consider is your work environment. Do you have a workplace that encourages you to focus on your work? Or are you surrounded by distractions like clutter, smartphones, access to social media, etc… Remove distractions that rob you of your time.