Make a To Do List
It’s much easier to stay on task if you have a set list of things you need to accomplish. Create multiple lists for different periods of time. Make daily, weekly and monthly to do lists to really make sure you get everything you need done.
Make a To-Don’t List
If you get easily distracted then you might need to make yourself a to-don’t list. This would include all your biggest distractions. For example: watching TV, checking Facebook, playing videogames, surfing the web, etc. You would be surprised how much more time you have without these distractions in your life.
Use a Calendar
Keep all your important events in order by putting everything into a calendar. In doing this you’ll be able to figure out when you have free time to fit in other important things you need to get done.
Create and Complete Goals
Your time can be used much more efficiently if you have clearly defined goals that you are trying to complete. Use the S.M.A.R.T. method to create and achieve your goals. S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time. Your goal should be able to complete all of these criteria’s. Another tip is to break up larger goals into several smaller goals. For example: “I want to draw 5 pictures over the course of the next 2 weeks”.
Use Alarms and Timers
The majority of all phones nowadays have alarms and timers on them. Use these features to your advantage, limit the amount of time spent on any one given task by using timers. Remind yourself to get started on tasks through the use of alarms. Timers can also be used to be aware of how long it takes you to complete a given task so you know for future reference.
If you have an abundance of good habits then you will be productive without even having to think about it. Habits can take up to 30 days of conscious repetition of a given task to develop so don’t give up hope and keep working hard!
It can be easy to take care of all the easy, less important things right away, but in doing so you will lose all your steam to get the things of real importance done. Number and order things on your To-do list by importance so you know which tasks really carry the most weight.
Use the 80/20 Rule
The philosophy of the 80/20 rule is that 80% of the work/task gets done in 20% of the time/effort. So in other words, focus on what really matters. There’s no need to waste all your energy and time on going above and beyond the necessary effort needed to get simple things done.
Work Hard, Play Hard
This one is a bit self-explanatory, if you work hard and get all of your work done fast then you’ll have more time to relax and have fun!
Instead of wasting all your time trying to get all the little tasks done, have someone else do it. Sometimes it’s more efficient to hire someone to get something done rather than doing it yourself. Remember that your time is valuable!
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