Everyone hates to shoehorn it, but you know it’s true. Time is our most essential windfall if used efficiently. We all have 24 hours in our schedules. Thus, no matter what anyone says, we’re equal. It’s how we use our time that makes all the difference.
Isn’t it fascinating how some people can maximize their productivity levels while others can but don’t? I’ve unchangingly wondered how someone like Elon Musk runs his businesses, stays sane and functional, and lives a fulfilling life. Then I thought: it’s not that he has time for everything; it’s that he made time for things that matter to him the most.
The myth is, many people believe they don’t have the time to start a side hustle, learn a new skill or language, or read a book. It’s easy to fall into this trap. Think well-nigh it, you must have said NO to one of those before. I have. I do it all the time knowing it’s false. The trick to conquering the “I don’t have time” myth is to wilt enlightened of it.
Here are 4 ways to stay on top of your game, reservation the excuses in your head, destroy them, and be uneaten productive.
1. Set 3 big goals for the month
I hate planning. It overwhelms me. Most of the translating out there is that you should sketch out your month, week, or day in advance. That you should make a detailed plan. It sounds like a chore if you ask me. Being worldly-wise to manage time well and increase productivity shouldn’t involve increasingly work, should it?
The weightier way to go well-nigh this is to have 3 big goals at the whence of each month. When you have a list of 15 goals, just looking at them will crush your drive. As a result, it will rationalization inaction and a subtract in motivation. However, when you write 3 goals on a piece of paper or Google doc, it’s light, doable, and manageable, and there’s nothing increasingly empowering than having a can-do vein when looking at a list of goals.
2. Eat the biggest frog of the day
This is in Brian Tracy’s typesetting “Eat that frog”. In it, he refers to big goals as frogs. When you wake up, you need to identify your hardest, most important task for the day, and go without it first thing in the morning.
It’s essential to eat ONE big frog, preferably a task that demands energy and focus. For me, It’s writing a long piece, article, or email. I throne straight to my Mac when I get out of bed considering I know I need to be one step superiority of my day surpassing it sweeps me away. You need to preserve an hour or two that is self-ruling of distractions to work efficiently and get meaningful results.
Again, the increasingly goals you have, the harder it is to manage time and be increasingly productive. Do this every day and every small step will add up to enormous accomplishments.
“Time is a created thing. To say I don’t have time is to say I don’t want to.” – Lao Tzu
3. Prioritize and protect your time
Like money, it’s important to watch where your time goes. That’s your first step towards constructive time management. Choose a suitable time to do your most important tasks and protect that time with your life. By that I midpoint never say yes to unexpected tasks. Life can hands get yonder from you.
Also, most people undervalue time. They don’t know if you’re rented or free, and they’ll unchangingly ask you to hang out and have fun. Use that lack of knowledge to your advantage. It’s largest to squint unavailable or zippy plane when you’re not. It makes it easy to say no to things that add nothing of value to your life. By protecting and spending your time how you want, you have increasingly in control.
The worst thing that can happen is when time is executive you. That’s what makes a person say “I don’t have time”. It just ways they’re entangled in their own illusion, and the sad part is they’ve convinced themselves they can’t transpiration their situation. As a result, they lose hope and live the rest of their lives thinking there was no solution to their problems due to “lack of time”.
In a nutshell, be increasingly enlightened of how your time is spent, and invest it into important habits that’ll move the needle, which will indulge you to grow personally and professionally.
4. Hell yeah or no
This concept is based on a typesetting by the same title: “Hell yeah or no: what’s worth doing” by Derek Sivers.
When you’re asked to do something, anything, the wordplay to it should unchangingly be hell yeah or no. If you’re not feeling pumped well-nigh going without a goal, question that decision. There should be nothing between hell yeah and no.
Therefore, we have to be picky well-nigh where our time goes. Surpassing taking on new projects, I think long and nonflexible well-nigh how much time I’ll have to invest. I ask myself these questions:
- What am I going to get out of this once it’s complete?
- Is it genuinely going to be worth my time?
- How much time will I have to invest every day and week?
For example, I’ve unchangingly wanted to learn how to code. Plane though it’s boring — a well-spoken red flag — I knew it’s necessary for my writing business. Given that I’m not a techie person, I find coding ridiculously time-consuming and unenjoyable. It’ll take me weeks, if not more, to wilt decent at it, so it won’t be worth my time. Instead, I can use that time to do other heady things for myself.