It’s the New Year, and you don’t have time to waste. However, many people find it difficult to prioritize tasks and get swamped with little to no time for themselves. We’re here to ensure that this year will be different! Take a moment to learn how to fix your time management mistakes with these easy ways on how to make better use of your time!
Use The Ivy Lee Method
For those of you who don’t know about this method, the advice was apparently worth $400,000! It has to be effective then, right? All you need to do is make a list of six - no more, no less - of your biggest priorities for the next day. Write down those six items that you need to accomplish and then schedule them out each day. If you want to make better use of your time, then you need to limit and clearly schedule your biggest priorities for every day. This will revolutionize your time management instantly.
Create Location Associations
When you’re in bed, it’s inevitable that you’ll feel tired and just want to cuddle up there all day. Nonetheless, to make better use of your time, start creating location anchors. This is simply doing a certain task in a certain place, so your brain will begin to associate the physical and psychological states you’re in with that specific location. Make sense? For example, feeling a burst of energy while you are at the gym. Use this to your advantage and create specific location-based anchors for important tasks. If you have multiple different tasks to accomplish, assign a different location for each one! You’ll see how productive you can actually be.
Do Important Tasks First
There’s only 24 hours in a day - it’s impossible to get every single task that you want done. Not to mention, you’re not full of energy or can sustain productivity for that long. Research shows that people’s mental energy levels peak around 2–3 hours after they wake up, that is if you actually get at least 8 hours of sleep. Therefore, you should schedule all of your most difficult tasks during the first 3–6 hours of your day. By focusing on the most important things when your energy is at its highest, you’ll be able to get more done more quickly, and make far better use of your time.
Say “No” More
Are you a “yes” person? Many of us are guilty of this. The most effective way to get more done and make better use of your time is to commit to fewer things. A huge reason why people are so stressed out is because they try and do too much. If you learn to prioritize yourself and say “no” to certain tasks, you’ll see a great improvement.