There comes a time in everyone’s life where there isn’t enough time. Often, it can be difficult finding enough hours in the day to do everything! It’s tough and for some, an ongoing battle that enslaves many.
Are you a slave to the clock or are you creating your own time?
Making time work for you helps you build a more successful business. Even if it’s part time, making money with Modere is easier when you’ve created time freedom.
See that? The keyword there is ‘create’. Time is created and because you create it, you can manage it.
There is something to be said of unscheduled meetings and untimely phone calls–you can’t manage everything. But that doesn’t mean you can’t generate 90% of your time by following a few simple rules. So next time you see that email asking you to fill out a March Madness bracket, remember, you’ve made a plan.
Stick to it.
Start the day right
Managing your time is all about mastering your schedule. Take 30 minutes at the start of each day and plan out some of the bigger aspects of your day. Rank everything by importance. That way if something unexpected comes up, you know what you can push back.
Block out YOUR time
One could make an argument that this should come first on the list. Needless to say, this is an important aspect of your time. Many people fill their schedules with appointments with others. Good! Make sure you have those on the calendar but don’t forget to lock in appointments with yourself and your job.
As you lay out a calendar days, weeks and months ahead, your goals should be to have as little unassigned time as possible. When you prioritize these events with yourself, it prevents other small-value activities from pushing the more important stuff out of the way.
Take regular breaks
Your body and mind aren’t designed to sit and work for hours without any stimulation. Take a break! When you’re planning your day out, schedule some time in there for you to break away from your work.
Studies show taking regular breaks, even every hour, allow people to perform better than those who don’t take breaks. Work too long and your brain numbs out. You lose creativity and become mentally stagnant. Constant stimulation is registered by our brains as unimportant and the brain “loses awareness.” Performance declines and you’re not as effective.
Implement the 10-minute rule
This isn’t about working 10 minutes then taking a break. Sorry. Think about all the tasks you’re dreading. There are things we put off for hours even days yet, there they are, waiting for us to tackle them. Work on those tasks for 10 minutes. Plan for it. 10 minutes is simple enough and the chances are, once you get started and on a roll, you’ll keep working on it. 10 minutes can turn into a full hour. Never turn your back on a mundane task again!
Pick up the phone
Sending emails back and forth is easy but waiting for a reply is frustrating. People may also misinterpret what you’re saying, which adds to the irritation. Pick up the phone and give someone a call. Even using instant messaging and chat is more effective than emails and helps you avoid pointless mistakes.