Human beings acquire a lot of skills while living on Earth and one of the most essential skills is time management. Proper time management is important just as much as valuing money and energy. The downside of the digital age is that there are many distractions that could lead to a person procrastinating thus wasting time in the process.
Money and time have one thing in common – they are both finite resources. The good news about money is that it can be earned back while time is not renewable. You can never get back the time you have invested in doing the wrong things.
Time management is not an easy skill to learn. An approach is required in order to manage it and the most effective way to do it is to try one habit and see its effect on you. Here are some time management strategies worth trying.
- Before you start your day, you must be able to visualize what your goals are for long-term and the milestones you will need to achieve the end goal. It can be any aspect of your life such as business, career, health or relationship. Once you have a long-term goal, you can set short-term goals which you can accomplish each day.
- While it may be tempting to multitask, research has shown that optimum productivity can only be achieved if you give your all to a single task at hand. The same study has revealed that the prefrontal cortex of the brain is divided when a person multitask. This result to increase stress and more time to accomplish a single task compared to when done individually. Complete the most urgent ones first before doing any other task.
- Nathan Kleitman, a researcher that did study on the basic rest and activity cycle, a person can achieve full productivity every 90 minutes as long as there are breaks in between lasting 20 to 30 minutes each.
- Aside from the above time management strategies, one should know how to reward thy self after a long period of being productive. These rewards will keep one motivated to do better and do more.