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1.) Keep your work and living space organized.
Organizing your work and living area will greatly enhance your capacity to stay focused and on-track during your busy schedule. This will minimize those time-wasting moments that have you scavenging through endless drawers and cabinets in search of your car keys or notebook, and prevent a build-up of unnecessary stress that is toxic to productivity.
2.) Learn to detach.
Try not responding to the phone even though it's ringing and e-mails even though they appear in your inbox. Log out of Facebook and shut off instant messaging. Don't immediately give something your focus unless it's unquestionably vital in your company to provide an instant human reply. Alternatively, plan a specific time to return emails and phone calls.
3.) Prioritize your time.
Remember the 80-20 Rule, which states that 80 percent of your compensation is derived from only 20 percent of your effort. The strategy here is to identify and separate that precious 20 percent. Once discovered, prioritize your time by focusing your effort on those actions that provide the biggest reward. Prioritize by color, number or letter - whichever method makes the most sense to you. Flagging items with a deadline is another idea for helping you stick to your priorities.
4.) Set goals.
Goals provide direction to your life and your time. Create goals that are precise, measurable, practical and attainable. Your ideal goals are the ones that are challenging but not overly extreme as you aim for success. Goals often provide inspired adults a necessary sense of direction.
5.) Be adaptable.
Allocate some time for distractions and interruptions. Time management specialists frequently recommend planning for only 50 percent or less of a person's total time. With just 50 percent of your time planned, you should have the versatility to deal with distractions and the unexpected emergency. If you expect to be disturbed, plan mundane tasks while saving greater blocks of time for your main goals. When disrupted, simply ask yourself "What is the most critical thing I can do with my time at this moment?" to ensure you get back on track quickly.
6.) Don't be too much of a perfectionist.
It's true that some things must be nearer to perfect than others, but perfectionism -- specifically, spending a disproportionate amount of time on tiny details -- can lead to procrastination.
7.) Overcome procrastination by scaling down big tasks.
Whenever you are putting off doing something, it could be because it seems overwhelming on first glance. Split it into more palatable pieces and just do one of the lesser tasks, or use a timer and focus on the main task for only 15 minutes. By accomplishing a little at a time, ultimately you'll get to a point where you'll be compelled to finish.
8.) Determine your optimal circadian rhythm.
Identify the time of day when you are at your most alert and motivated. Are you a night owl, a morning person or a late afternoon whiz? Discovering when your ideal time is and scheduling that time of day for your main goals is very efficient time management.
9.) Make a to-do list.
Many accomplished people prosper by making daily to-do lists either at the end of the previous day or right off the bat in the morning. Some of these people may merge their to-do lists with schedules or calendars, while others might choose an "operating" to-do list that is constantly being updated. You might favor a combo of these two kinds of to-do lists. Whichever technique works best for you is the one to go with, but don't be scared to try a new method, because you just may discover one that is even more efficient than your current one!
10). Give yourself some extra incentive with rewards.
Celebrate even your modest achievements. Plan to reward yourself somehow for finishing each task, or for completing the whole job. Then keep your word to yourself and savor that reward. Doing this can help you achieve the essential balance between work and play in your life. If you can keep your efforts at work in harmony with your efforts at play and leisure, your life can be more joyful, more healthy and much more imaginative.
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