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Train Your Brain: 3 Time Management Tricks to Maximize Productivity
With the busy holidays behind us and the hope for success in the months ahead, this time of year can be either super productive, or fraught with distraction. Since there is simply so much to do (which is exciting and stressful all at once), and finally time to do it, making the most of every minute of your daily routine — from the moment you open your eyes to the moment you close them — can boost your confidence, increase your drive for happiness and success, and eventually have a positive effect on your bottom line. Time management is essential when growing a business, but crucial during busy tax season.
In order to value every minute of your day, you must practice time management tricks and have patience. We’ve put together 3 useful time management tips to help you focus, minimize distractions, and get things done:
When you’re really not feeling well, it’s hard to manage simple tasks like remembering to buy dog food or checking your mail, let alone work, delegation, and making big ideas a reality. With so much information to focus on, you have to have a healthy mind and body to soak it in and turn it into something great. If you’re not feeling up to doing your daily work, you’re probably not going to go above and beyond, or get to the gym after a long day. That’s why you’ve got to start with your head. There’s a great app called Headspace that guides you through the basics of meditation and builds on them to help in all areas of your life, including productivity and creativity. Mindfulness is where your focus begins. Once you’ve taken care of that, exercise and a healthier diet will become much easier to maintain.
Do you ever find yourself working on the most important tasks at the last minute? Procrastination is a vicious cycle. If you can learn to prioritize the urgent and important tasks first, you’ll get them out of the way and feel accomplished to continue plugging away. You may have heard of the Eisenhower Matrix, in which you can decide what items on your to-do list to tackle first based on their urgency and importance. It’s a great visual tool that you can use to organize your tasks, and once you’ve learned how to use it, you can train your mind to filter automatically.
Minimalism in Daily Life
What distractions do you have control over right now? What can you eliminate or rearrange? Obviously, some of our distractions are out of our control. There will always be interruptions, side-conversations, snacks, and tasks that simply look more appealing than what you’re trying to accomplish. But Becoming Minimalist will tell you that all of the excess in our lives — those things we can control — should be taken away to live a more peaceful existence. The outcome of doing so, they say, will be productivity and better overall well-being. Experts also recommend the “one minute rule” by Gretchen Rubin, which is based on the idea that if you can do something in one minute, do it. Everything that you can do quickly and right away — such as hang up a jacket, Rubin says, should be taken care of first. This eliminates the distraction of a million tiny tasks looming over your head when you sit down to do your “real” work.
Not everyone is blessed with master focus and determination to make every second of every day count. That’s why it’s important that no matter your time management skills, you find a method that works for you, you practice it every day, and you track improvement. Health, prioritization, and minimizing distractions are three of the best places to start and show an investment in your self going into the most stressful time of year.
Are you a pro delegator? A headspace master? Share your time management tips with us below!
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