time-management tips from tech people.
Plus  tips if you think you don't have time.
TL:DR You probably know these tips. But you don't apply them in your real life.
Many of these tips are not new. You heard them before. I talked about them before. But do you actually use them? Some things are very simple yet this doesn't mean they are easy. And sometimes you need to hear/see/read something multiple times until you actually get it. I hope you'll find these tips not only useful but also easy to implement.
1.Stop procrastinating. What's the cause of procrastinating? Know the why then the how becomes easier. For example: watching movies, can lead to unrecognized depression.
Eat The Frog. Do your most ugly task first thing that day, (ugly meaning mentally demanding/requiring direct interaction with 'difficult' individuals, etc.) that you may even have been procrastinating upon.
2.Schedule out your entire day and week and stick to the schedule. Create a to-do list. You could even try to have everything in Google calendar or another online calendar so you can have a better perspective. Similarly: Compartment time into blocks - some part of each day should be reserved for the most vital tasks. try using deadlines.
Having a consistent schedule, with consistent breaks as well, and 1 or 2 days off per week. After all, We are creatures of habit, cultivating the right habit works for most.
3.Be proactive and make it a habit to finish what needs to be done first. Also, to do easiest first, so you have more tasks done and the blockers won't affect your minor tasks.
4.Stay away from social media when you want to focus on a task. Close all applications not needed for that one task. Always Keep your mobile notifications turned off. If something is important enough people will call, if not you can check them later in your free time.
Stop unnecessary engagement on social media.
5.Learn from mistakes, and don’t do these mistakes again.
6.Focus on one thing at a time. Don't multitask.
7.STAR your emails: Snooze, Trash, Archive or Reply.
If you think you don't have enough time:
- Remeber we all have 24h.
- Track activities and see where do you spend the most time. Could you reduce it? Does it take too much time to wash the dishes? no, I don't think so... but do you watch YouTube/Netflix too much? probably yes...
- Try using the Pomodoro technique.
- Keep your phone away.
- First think. Then act.
Measure your time. Find insights from the measured data. You can't improve what you don't measure.
Another tip that I recently learned is:
Manage your energy before managing your time, your time will be managed automatically. Energy management > Time management
But also don't forget to take breaks and reward yourself. You are not a machine or a robot. You need breaks!
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