To be successful in business and life, you have to build time management skills. If you want to succeed, you have to understand the importance of time management.
If you spend your time on things that can make you successful, you will become successful.
You have to build a time management ecosystem that will revolutionize your life, make you more productive, and make you reach your goals.
Now, let’s ask a few questions. Do you feel overwhelmed and unsuccessful? Do you feel like you have so much going on in your life that you do not have the time to do the things you really want to do? Do you feel like you do not have the time to become the person you always wanted to become?
Let’s now go over time management skills that will help you succeed in life.
BEFORE WE MOVE FORWARD, LET’S TAKE A LOOF AT BAD TIME MANAGEMENT AND HABITS OF NON SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE:
Think about people in your life that are highly unsuccessful. Focus on the ones that have potential, talentS, but that never succeed. What do they have in common?
- They spend hours and hours a day talking about what they want to do and how they will become rich, but they never take action. This is a huge amount of wasted time!
- They are extremely negative and spend all their time lost in their negativity.
Do you see what’s happening here? Most people who are bad with time management do not succeed. Why? Because they spend too much time complaining, being negative instead of spending time on things that make them happy, proud, and things that will give them the energy to be productive. They spend their time on WHAT IFS instead of taking action. Spending time on things that are not leading you to your goals is a waste of time.
Table of Content
- THINK THAT YOUR TIME IS GOLD
- WRITE DOWN ALL THE THINGS YOU DO EVERYDAY
- MAKE A TASK LIST AND WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO GIVE UP
- ACCEPT SETBACKS
- HAVE SPECIFIC PERSONAL GOALS
- SPEND TIME THINKING ABOUT POSITIVE THINGS INSTEAD OF NEGATIVE THINGS
- UNDERSTAND HOW TO BECOME MORE PRODUCTIVE
- TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF EVERY DAY NO MATTER WHAT
- LEARN HOW TO PRIORITIZE
- DO ONE THING AT A TIME
- Apps/ Software to Help You Manage Time:
THINK THAT YOUR TIME IS GOLD
Every second that you spend not working towards your goals is a waste of time. Every second you spend doing nothing, you will never get back. Every second you spend being sad, depressed is a waste, and you will never get these seconds back.
Think of your time as something tangible. Think of it as money. Imagine spending your money on investments instead of spending your money on others (other companies). Imagine how successful you could become.
Spending time being negative is like being on a diet and spending money on a 3000 calorie burger. Pointless!
If you get paid $3000, spend $1000 on rent, $500 on groceries, and $2500 on a luxury purse, then you really need to stop.
If you get paid $3000, spend $1000 on rent, $500 on groceries, put $500 in your savings to buy a luxury purse, invest $500 and $500 in an emergency saving account, what happens?
You’ll have a luxury purse in 5 months, you’ll have $2500 in your emergency savings, you’ll feel more powerful, and your investment will probably flourish! Oh! Also! In 5 months, you’ll probably realize that the luxury purse you wanted is not even worth it anymore!
Do the same with your time. Invest in your time. Spend time on positive thoughts and things that will make you successful, and you will become successful. Think of time as money!
WRITE DOWN ALL THE THINGS YOU DO EVERYDAY
To understand how much time you waste in a day, WRITE A LIST!
Write a list of all the things you did last week. Make 2 columns: Goal Worthy and Not Goal Worthy.
Every time you lost track, every time you watched too much TV, every time you were not doing something towards your goal, write it on the right column! On the left, write everything you did last week and all your time spent working towards your goal.
Hopefully, this will open your eyes.
MAKE A TASK LIST AND WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO GIVE UP
Don’t try to do too much in a day. You can start with 3 important daily tasks. Now, just know that you will need to give something up if you want to manage your time. Something that you are doing now that is not making you productive. It might be TV time or too much partying with your friends.
For example, you want to find a side hustle:
Instead of watching TV every night for 2 hours, spend time 1 hour every night researching the best side hustle for you. Be invested in your research. The following week spend 1 hour every night learning about the things you’ll need to prepare for your side hustle. The week after, spend 1 hour every night working on your side hustle. Congrats, you have managed your time, and you are now productive!
This is one essential skill that you need to build. Remember that no one is perfect, and no one has a perfect life. If you have your whole day plan and something happens that keeps you from doing your tasks as planned, do not give up. Just rearrange your priorities and work through your setbacks.
The best thing to do in these situations is to take 5 minutes of your day and see how you can allocate time to complete the tasks you were not able to do because “your car broke down.”
HAVE SPECIFIC PERSONAL GOALS
To accomplish things in life, you need to set goals. If you want to manage your time, you will need to know why you want to manage your time. You will see that once you set your goals, it will be easier to manage your time.
SPEND TIME THINKING ABOUT POSITIVE THINGS INSTEAD OF NEGATIVE THINGS
People who spend time being negative do not accomplish anything. WHY? Because instead of spending time and energy thinking about their goals, believing in their dreams, and creating momentum, they don’t do anything.
Indeed, They think about all of the reasons why they can’t accomplish their goals. They think about all of the things that could go wrong if they try to achieve their goals, and they stay stuck in their negativity.
Don’t be the one!
UNDERSTAND HOW TO BECOME MORE PRODUCTIVE
You become more productive when you do the following:
- Stop thinking about negative things.
- Believe in your capacities
- Work towards a goal
- Accomplish at least 3 tasks a day
- Do not multitask
TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF EVERY DAY NO MATTER WHAT
People who have excellent management skills take the time for themselves every day. They take the time to refresh, destress and visualize their goals. Meditation is a great way to take time for you.
When you make a genuine time for yourself, you invest in yourself. You might be working out, meditating, or eating something healthy. These little things will make you feel execptional and they will give you the energy to do more in life.
LEARN HOW TO PRIORITIZE
This is a skill you need to have to manage your time correctly.
When you make your weekly or daily tasks lists, you have to put a specific focus on essential tasks. This will help you prioritize.
For example, let’s say that you have to plant flowers in your backyard, and you also have to pay your taxes because it’s the last day to pay. If you don’t have enough time to do both, you want to prioritize. Pay your taxes!
Why? Well, you will be able to plant flowers in your garden whenever you want, but if you don’t pay your tax at the right time, you will get in trouble. You will waste time and money trying to fix the fact that you didn’t pay on time. This is highly unproductive, and it is why you need to prioritize.
If you have an issue with procrastination, go ahead and check the tips and tricks to stop procrastinating.
DO ONE THING AT A TIME
Understand that because nothing is perfect in life, sometimes you will not be able to accomplish all the things on your To-Do list. The mistake you do not want to make is multitasking on everything.
Did you know that if you multitask too much, you actually waste time?
You want to spend 15 minutes writing a blog post and 15 minutes painting an apple.
You have 2 options:
- You focus on your article, write your blog post for 15 minutes, then paint for 15 minutes. You will be done in 30 minutes.
- You start drawing your apple, and then you focus on your article. Then you go back to painting your apple, and then you have to focus again and go back to your writing. You keep going back and forth. This option is not the best one because you will need to keep refocusing, and you will not be able to accomplish the same amount of work in 30 minutes.
Take a pencil, a pen and something to write on. For 30 seconds, do sets of straight lines. STOP. Now for 30 seconds, draw circles like the image below. STOP. Now for 1 minute, alternate consecutive lines and circles just like in the image below.
Look at the picture above. The lines and circles on the top of the page are in straight lines, and there are no errors. We can also see that there are way more lines and circles at the top of the page compared to the bottom. We can see that we accomplish way more by focusing on one specific task rather than different tasks at the same time.
One more thing! If you look at the red rectangle in the picture, there is an error in the multitask section.
Apps/ Software to Help You Manage Time:
- Google Calendar
- Focus Keeper
- Forest – Stay Focused
- Fabulous – Daily Self Care
- Be Focus – Focus Timer
- Productive – Habit Tracker
- Microsoft To Do
Building time management skills will make you spend more energy on your goals. You will accomplish so much more in life.
AS A CONCLUSION, your time is one of the most important parts of your life. If you manage time correctly and build time management skills, your chances of success will increase drastically.
At one point, you will understand that having time management skills is vital to living a healthy and abundant life.
The day you understand the actual value of time, you will not want to waste another second of your life. If you’re going to build time management skills, you have to set life goals.
Once you decide to work towards your life goals, you spend more time being productive. Once you are productive, your time is not wasted, and you are closer to success.