The truth is, we all have the same amount of time each day. The question is, what are you doing to maximize yours? I have learned that there is a huge difference between being busy and being productive. Far too many people waste their time on things that have nothing to do with their goals.
Have you ever found yourself going through the day feeling like you’re busy and the day is half over and you haven’t accomplished much? Perhaps you have found yourself being stressed out wondering where all the time goes. If I’m speaking about you, it’s time to make some changes and take action. It’s important that you learn to maximize productivity in all phases of your life. Here are some tips to help you.
1) Quit wasting time
The first thing to do is to take inventory of your day. It’s time to find out some things in your life that are simply time-wasters. Make a list of these things and keep it nearby. When you notice that you’re wasting time, add that time-waster to the list. You will find that this list consists of things like watching too much TV, too much time on social media, and other activities that are stopping you from reaching your goals.
Studies show that the average person spends almost four hours per day on social media. This is about a quarter of the time that you are awake! Think about how productive you can be during those hours.
Make a commitment to limit the time that you spend on social media, along with the time you spend watching television. All these things are doing is distracting you from reaching your full potential.
2) Have a daily appointment book
It’s important to set goals with reminders. Make sure you have a plan of what it’s going to take to achieve your goals. Every day comes with new opportunities. Make it easier for yourself to complete each task by having a plan. Stay on top of your daily goals and set reminders to stay organized so you don’t forget anything.
Perform the most important task first which will be a relief once you’re done—the rest of your day will run much more smoothly.
Don’t try to do everything at once. Multitasking is not a key to success. If you try to do too many things at once, you won’t finish these tasks to a high standard. Focus on the goal that’s in front of you and give it your very best.
3) Create a successful routine
Make the decision to be an early riser and start building a routine. Success rewards routine. If you’re not following a successful routine, I guarantee that you’re not managing your time effectively. When you wake up early in the morning, you get so much more accomplished while others are sleeping. By setting a routine and sticking to it, you will find it’s easier to make time for things because it now becomes a success habit.
4) Become accountable
You need someone that has your best interest to keep you accountable. Without accountability, it’s easy to procrastinate and repeat old habits.
If you don’t have an accountability partner at this point, it’s time to get one. You need a mentor who will check in with you to see how you’re doing with your progress toward reaching your goals. When you know you have a mentor checking in with you, you will be more likely to take time towards working on your goals. An accountability partner makes you more likely to succeed.
5) Set clear goals
When you’re setting goals, it’s important that they are clear cut. You want to be very specific in what you want to attain. When you have a clear goal, you now have something to work for. The more you want it, the more motivating it will be. With a goal in mind, you have the ability to break it up into small goals that will begin to get you towards that big goal.
There is a strong relationship between how specific a goal is and overall performance. Clear and specific goals will lead to better performance.
When you’re motivated and excited about achieving something, it will stop you from wasting time. Your time will be focused on doing the things that are necessary to achieve your dreams.
It’s time to make every second count. Make the decision this week to get rid of the time-wasters and choose to maximize every second. Each day, we have 86,400 seconds. This applies to everyone. The big question is, what are you going to do to maximize your time?
Have a super fantastic week!
Regional Sales Manager RMS