Time Management - How Do I Stop Wasting So Much Time?

Prashant V. writes...

"Mr. Jeff. I am a big time waster. I waste so much time every day. I do nothing. I want to get more done. How do I get more done when I don't feel like it."

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    • Hi Prashant.

      Thanks for writing. Good question.

      Let's start with boosting your motivation - click here.

      This is a great topic for a thread. We are all swamped with so much to do on a daily basis, that when we start to fall behind - frustration and an attitude of defeat sets in. So let's explore ways to manage your time more effectively and efficiently.

      Below are some great time management strategies.

      Manage your time better and solve your problem, click here.

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        • Screen out distractions.

          If you work better with soft music playing in the background, arrange to listen to your tunes while you complete your tasks.

          • If you're on the job, close your office door to deter people from stopping in to say, "Hi," or ask a quick question.

          Close your door and turn off the phone.

          If you have an important task at hand, it's important that you avoid unnecessary interruptions. Sitting alone can certainly help you to clear your head. Also, if you have Internet access, resist the urge to go online to time-wasting websites, like Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

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          • Set timers or alarms to keep you on task.

            For example, if you plan to clean your bedroom for an hour, set the alarm on your cell phone. Stop working on the chore at hand when the timer goes off, but not until then (unless you complete the task).

            • Playing "beat the clock" can be highly motivational. Plus you're likely to get more done.

            • For particularly troublesome tasks, set your alarm in smaller increments - even 15 minutes - and take a short breather when your alarm sounds before you re-focus on your task. In particular, you may find that physically challenging tasks are much more manageable if broken into smaller, more do-able "pieces."
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            • Estimate your time.

              Whether you're doing a work assignment or something fun, plan in advance how long you think it will take. As long as you remain aware of the time, you won't suddenly lose a few hours without realizing it.

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              • Less planning, more action.

                How often do you find yourself thinking about what you have yet to do? Merely thinking about the future won't get you anywhere.

                • Strive to live in the "now" and take action to complete your tasks.
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                • HERE'S A BIGGIE... avoid procrastination.

                  This is a difficult one for most people! When you keep putting something off that you need to accomplish, you tend to spend more time thinking about the fact that you have to do it when you could have already completed the task.

                  • Quit making excuses and work up the willpower to do the things you hate to do. Once you do it, you'll strengthen your resolve and build momentum.
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                  • Set goals.

                    Setting goals is an important part of any plan. When you're working, it's far easier to track your progress and complete your task more efficiently if you have a specific goal to achieve.

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                    • Take breaks.

                      It's important to be self-disciplined, but you don't want to overdo it and burn out. Mental breaks will actually boost your productivity because your mind has a chance to reflect, rejuvenate, and repair itself subconsciously.

                      • Schedule frequent 10-minute breaks to clear your mind.
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                      • Most importantly... reward yourself.

                        Make sure you reward yourself for a job well done. A reward will motivate you to get through tougher tasks and avoid procrastination in the future.

                        Besides, It's important to have some fun in your life!

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