Now, obviously we all have the same 24 hours in a day, but when you optimize the hours in your day you can have more free time for entertainment or relaxation, become more productive in the hours that you are working, and even get more done in less time.
1. Value your time
The first step is to realize that the hours you have are the only truly renewable resource you have, so see them as valuable and you’ll spend far less of it checking Facebook or watching mindless YouTube videos. There is a time for everything, which includes turning your brain off and entertaining yourself with humorous or even pointless things that allow you to just let go and stop worrying about things.
But you can’t allow yourself to get stuck in the mindset that you have an endless supply of time. Clearly you know this logically, but many of us have this unconscious belief that we can always get it done tomorrow. When you aren’t aware of this that’s when it becomes a problem and you waste an entire hour on Facebook or watching television when in actuality all you had was a few minutes to spare.
2. Plan your day
This one is so common sense that most people completely overlook it and some people see it as a waste of time, but I can guarantee that if you don’t plan out your day you are losing precious minutes even hours a day you would be otherwise optimizing and getting the absolute most out of.
Many of you might be working from home, but for those who aren’t planning your day at work and home is crucial because this will allow you to be more efficient on the job and while you’re trying to get things done around the house. This process is so simple yet so effective you’ll wonder why you never did it in the first place.
3. Set goals – and achieve them!
Goal setting is one of the best ways make sure you stay on task, because once you know how precious your time is and make plans throughout the day to get everything you set out to done as efficiently as possible, your goals will drive you when you start to get off track or when you’re not quite as motivated as the days when you feel invincible.
Setting goals is not just great for staying on task, but for getting the most out of your time as well, because if you have a goal in mind it will keep you focused and even help your creativity flow like never before, which well then make it easier to achieve the goals you set. When you have something to shoot for it enables you to aim so much better and hitting your target becomes as simple as making a list of things that you would like to accomplish on a daily as well as a long term basis.
4. Stop wasting time!
Clearly this one is obvious, but you are probably wasting more time than you realize. Being more productive is not always about merely cutting out your Facebook or television hours, but sometimes it’s about cutting back on the things that you think are serving you when really they’re just another waste of time.
For example, if you are in online marketing and you are trying out a social media strategy that isn’t working perhaps its time to try out something new. Facebook and Twitter are great tools for marketing and building connections, but they are not as effective for some people as they are for others. Having a social media presence is important, but if you’re not getting results it’s time to find a more effective strategy.
5. Find what works and optimize it
Knowing what does work is just as important as knowing what doesn’t. If you’re a writer and working at home is too distracting for you maybe what you need is to go to a coffee shop, library, or even a park and focus on the task at hand. If you don’t already know what works for you then seek out things that will help you get done what you need to.
If you already have a strategy that is working then focus on that and capitalize, just make sure you aren’t spending too much time on it. Remember, success isn’t just about monetary gain and it rarely ever looks the way you think it does. Be flexible but learn to do things that work more often and things release things that don’t work or aren’t serving your highest potential.
I hope each of you found some value and that you can learn to more effectively make use of the time in your day. Feel free to like and share if you gained some insights, and leave any strategies that have helped you have more time in the day to do the things that you love while getting more done than you ever thought possible.