Do you want to manage your time in the most efficient and systematic way possible? Here are the 10 powerful and awesome time management hacks that will help you become instantly productive!
Do you ever wonder how successful people are able to accomplish so much in a day?
If you think about it, we all have 24 hours in one day, but looking at successful people, they seem to be doing a lot more than most people.
How can these people spend time so much time in their work and still find the time to spend with their families and do what they love?
Sounds like magic, right?
Well, actually, no. They apply tested and proven time management hacks every single day of their lives.
What are these hacks?
That’s exactly what you are going to learn today.
In this post, let me share with you 10 awesome, effective, and sure-fire management hacks that will help you do more with your time!
Are you ready?
Hack no. 1: Sleep early
Your day does not really start during the rising of the sun.
It starts the night before.
How you spend your bedtime hour has a big impact on how you will be successful the next day.
So, here’s what you need to do. Go to bed early. Limit the use of electronic gadgets in your bedroom, turn off the light, and get a nice dose of vitamin zzz.
Sleep is designed to revitalize your body, renew your strength, and keep you healthy. Needless to say, these are the magic ingredients to your success.
Hack no. 2: Have a checklist
Write down what you need to do for the day.
Arrange them by the level of importance and urgency. You can start by doing the easiest or you can start with the most important. Once you start seeing those check marks, you will have a feeling of satisfaction and even motivate you to get more things done.
A to-do list would even help you remember the things you need to do instead of having those “I forgot” moments at the end of the day. Not only that, but it could also help you determine which tasks to do first, second, third, and so on.
Todd Stocker, the author of Refined: Turning Pain into Purpose, mentioned this:
“Before you eat the elephant, make sure you know what parts you want to eat.”
And a good point to note, make sure your list is realistic. You don’t need a mumbo-jumbo kind of list that would only make you bored and less determined to perform.
Avoid moving tasks the next day. Doing so can be quite stressful. Simply set goals and stick to it.
Hack no. 3: Schedule your activities
Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
Successful people know the importance of having a structure in their day to day lives. If they don’t have a schedule to follow, their day can easily go disorganized and end up accomplishing nothing or little.
The same is true in your life. If you want to successfully manage your time, you need to schedule your day, week, and even month. By having an overview of what needs to be done in a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, you set yourself for success.
Thankfully today, there are a lot of mobile apps that you can use. If you are not the techy type of person, you can use traditional calendars or planners.
Scheduling your day allows you to see how your time is being spent. It gives you an idea where you can improve and how you can further avoid wasting time.
Hack no. 4: Avoid distractions
Your momentum can easily be broken because of distractions. Successful people know about this and thus, they do their best to eliminate anything that can easily distract them from the task at hand.
So, whether it is TV or the occasional beeping of your phone, make sure you get rid of them if you want to have continuous and uninterrupted work hours.
Hack no. 5: Establish a morning routine
Mornings are such a great blessing. They are given to man to ensure they have enough time to conquer the day. How you start your day would tremendously affect the rest of it.
Here is where morning routines come in.
If there’s one common thing among successful people is that they wisely use their morning. They take advantage of the time when most people are still asleep.
A morning routine can be as simple as waking early, meditating, exercising, reading, and planning ahead. Once you created a positive morning routine, it becomes automatic – something that will save you time and energy.
Hack no. 6: Delegate your task
Let’s face it: we all have limited time and we can only do so much within the day. If you want to do things all by yourself, chances are you end exhausted and worn out. This is not a sustainable habit for successful people.
Thus, it is important that you delegate your tasks. Those mundane jobs can be given to other people, while you concentrate on the most important ones. When properly distribute tasks, you are freeing up yourself and getting more time for other things.
Hack no. 7: Say “no” more often
Do you feel guilty when you decline someone’s request? If yes, then you should not.
There are times when you are supposed to legitimately say yes for a request or opportunity. However, if you find it hard to say no all the time, you will soon find yourself biting more than you can chew.
It is better to say no rather than say yes and end up not having enough time to follow through your commitment.
So, say yes only to the things you know you can have time for and the things you truly care about.
Hack no. 8: Avoid multi-tasking
They say that men are poor in multi-tasking, but women are best at it. Well, whether you believe that or not, studies show that people who do more than one task in a given amount of time end up with poor results.
On the flip side, people who avoid multi-tasking and concentrating on their one big goal are more likely to succeed.
(If you want to learn more about this topic, open this page on another tab, “5 Surprising Reasons Why You Should Focus on One Big Goal.”)
Hack no. 9: Turn tasks into habits
You probably heard about the famous book, “7 Habits of Highly Successful People.” Now, these people are not successful by accident. They have been successful because they have positive and powerful habits that allow them to achieve great things.
If you want to manage your time wisely, you can significantly reduce the time you prepare or think about what to do next. All you have to do is simply incorporate your tasks into your daily habits.
Let me give you an example. If your task involves writing 5,000 words per day, then you should have a habit of writing 5,000 words or more per day. You can do this by setting aside a particular time within the day to achieve that. Given enough time, you can then turn this into a habit that you automatically do.
Hack no. 10: Eliminate the non-essentials
The reason successful people are successful because they learn to determine which tasks are important or not and which activity will lead them closer to their goals.
If you want to achieve your goals in life, learn to have a lean schedule. Eliminate the things that don’t add up to your value or productivity. It could be excessive time on the Internet, watching TV, meetings, commute, and other commitments that just simply rob you of your time and energy.
It’s time to manage your time now!
You just read 10 of the best time management hacks of all time. Of course, these are nothing until they are put into practice.
Again, please understand that being busy does not automatically mean you are productive. Learn to wisely appropriate your time, prioritize your tasks, and gain more time for the things you value the most!