Mar 1, 2009

Time Management Mastery - 10 Tips For a Better Life

Creating a personal vision and setting goals will automatically push you to accomplish more. The loftier your goals and the longer the time frame, the more difficult it will be to manage your time in the best way.

Some tips to help you on your path:

1. Plan your days in advance in 30 minute time blocks.

2. Make daily to do lists and prioritize the tasks. Put the tasks into the time blocks.

3. Make a don't do list. This a list of unproductive things you are doing now so that you can replace them with things that really matter. They can include nearly anything, but in the beginning they will most likely revolve around mindless television watching and just "hanging" out.

4. Track your daily activity for 1 week. Keep a log of what you do for every minute of the day, and look for ways to save time. Look for tasks you can eliminate or delegate to someone else. Use the extra time so you can accomplish more of what is on your goals list.

5. After the 1st week compare the tasks you planned in your 30 minute time blocks and what you actually did during your week of time tracking. What was your biggest time waster? What are 3 things you can do to eliminate the waste in your week?

6. Learn to read faster! The faster you can take in information with full comprehension the faster you will be able to get through routine tasks and learn new skills. Speed reading is an incredible advantage. If you have never taken a speed reading course or something of the like, make it a priority.

7. Prepare for the next day the night before. Pack your lunch, lay out your clothes, and know exactly where everything you need to start the day is located. You will save an enormous amount of time just by doing simple preparations and eliminating your "looking" time.

8. Right before you sleep at night, your most important task of the next day. Think about it intensely for 5-10 minutes and then let it go from your mind and go to sleep. Let your subconscious mind take over while you sleep. Do not try to control your subconscious mind, just let it run on auto-pilot. You will be amazed at how much of your task, if not all of it will be completed the next day. While you are sleeping your subconscious mind is working. Take advantage of it!

9. Practice taking action on your ideas immediately. Do it now! Procrastination and its opposite action are both learned habits. Decide that you are eliminating all procrastination from your life. Important tasks are going into your to do list and are blocked into an interval in your calendar. Even if it is not blocked until 6 months from now that is o.k., just get it done when it is time.

10. Forget about the minor stuff. Some things are just not that important. When you purposely decide to leave a few things out, you will realize they were not that important in the first place.

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