Posted on Dec 18th 2017 under Marketing Tips
Everyone seems to want more time. Time certainly doesn't discriminate, as everyone gets 24 hours each day; however, why do some people seem to get more done in this time? Do you ever wonder what they are doing differently from you?
18 Things All Time Efficient People Do
Mastering time management is a very important skill required for anyone wanting to get big things done. You must know where your time is going and where it is being wasted.
"Make every second count" will take on a whole new meaning if you begin putting a value or dollar amount on your time. Here are 18 of the top tips that time-efficient people use regularly:
- Time Track
Take stock of where you spend each minute of the day by keeping a log of how long it takes you to complete a task regarding minutes and hours. Make sure you include things like Netflix and surfing the internet.
Without getting a baseline of where you are starting, you will be unable to make the adjustments needed for better time efficiency.
- Delegate or Automate
If you are trying to complete a task, ask yourself, "Can I delegate it or can I automate it?" If a small and boring task can be passed on to someone else, more of your time will free up so you can do more things that help you or others.
It doesn't matter if it's reading, attending conferences or creating your next business venture, if a task cannot be delegated or automated, ask yourself if this task is worth doing.
- Use Your Alarm and Calendars
Make full use of the various IOS devices that are available to get more organized instead of trying to remember everything. If you use calendars and alarms, it will free up your brain space so that you can focus more on other things.
I even recall seeing someone get reminded to drink enough water by their phone. The alarm would regularly activate so they'd be reminded to drink or take vitamins or just to eat something.
- Don't Be a Hoarder
Stay organized by getting rid of the clutter in your environment.
Less time is wasted if you are searching for something where you know it is as it becomes much easier to find. If you aren't the organized type, hire someone to help you with this.
- Twofers Are The Way to Go
A twofer is doing two things the same time. These things are what you will do every day. As an example, mornings are some of the best times for this, as you can listen to some podcasts while doing something else like brushing your teeth or getting dressed.
- Create Healthy Habits
Our lives are always easier whenever we create healthy habits. Most people spend a lot of time driving their car, but instead of listening to the latest top-40 music in the traffic, why not develop a habit of being silent or listening to an informative audiobook.
- Wake Up Early
You will get a great head start from other people if you get onto the battlefield called Life earlier, as you will be able to accomplish more. If you wake up earlier than everyone else, you will have the silence you need so that you can pursue what you want to do without being interrupted.
- Utilize The Weekends
You can get a lot done on the weekends while the rest of the world is laying around sipping cocktails. There will be fewer distractions, emails and phone calls that need you to put out some office fires.
- Keep Social Media and Emails At Bay
Avoid checking your social media feed or emails when you first wake up. You can easily get lost in scrolling through the feeds, and before you know it, you've wasted half an hour worrying about someone else's life.
- Tackle the Toughest Task First
Make sure you take on the most difficult task first. If you leave it to the end, it will actually take more time out of your schedule.
- Dump Your Hulu, Netflix, and TV
We all enjoy watching movies, but wasting time on pointless shows does not give you more knowledge, money or better health.
- Tsk Are You Multitasking Again?
Multitasking is not as productive as most people think. The reason for this is because you are not focusing fully on any of the tasks you are doing. The result of this could be that you have to return several times to the tasks at hand before you complete them.
- What's Your Why?
Always do things with purpose. Have a clear-cut beginning and endpoint. Stay focused on the end game when you are going through the steps of creating your strategy.
- Straightforward Appointments
Make sure that all appointments with prospects or clients are kept to a certain time. This will prevent idle small-talk nonsense and allow you to move on to your next task.
- Make a List
At the beginning of each day, make a list of what you need to do. List them regarding priority and keep this list viewable at all times. Don't waste a lot of time making this list, just quickly jot down what needs to be done by the end of the day.
- Time Management Book — A Great Investment
Spending a few dollars on a book about time management is a great investment that will help you to understand better how you can be more time efficient.
- Get Enough Sleep
Pulling an all-nighter to get something done will leave you with a foggy brain come 8:00 am and makes you slow for the rest of the day. Always get a full eight hours of sleep. Meditating before bed can also help to get you into a deeper sleep.
- Saying No is the Way to Go
It's important to know when to say no to people or tasks. You need to focus on wherever YOU want to spend most of your time. Therefore, if something comes up that doesn't benefit you or your ultimate goal, it's alright to say no.
So let's quickly review the 18 secret tips that are used by time-efficient people:
- Time track
- Delegate or automate
- Use your alarm and calendars
- Don't be a hoard
- Twofers are the way to go
- Create healthy habits
- Wake up early
- Utilize the weekends
- Keep social media and emails at bay
- Tackle the toughest task first
- Dump your Hulu, Netflix & T.V
- Tsk tsk, are you multi-tasking again?
- What's yours why?
- Straightforward appointments
- Make a list
- Time management book — great investment
- Get enough sleep
- Saying NO is the way to go