HOW TO master your time

 

Don’t you hate it when the week flies by and the weekend comes in, and you look back and are surprised to see how time flew by and you didn’t accomplish anything you had planed to accomplish.
Well, Don’t worry, you are not alone in this. Millions go through the day sleep walking, not knowing how to manage their time properly.

 Here are a few tips that worked for me and made my day so much more productive:  

 

  • Carry a schedule  and keep track of all your thoughts, conversations and activities for a week. This will help you understand how much you can get done during the course of a day and where your precious moments are going. You’ll see how much time is actually spent producing results and how much time is wasted on unproductive thoughts, conversations and actions.

 

  • Assign times – Any activity or conversation that’s important to your success should have a time assigned to it. To-do lists get longer and longer to the point where they’re unworkable. Appointment books work. Schedule appointments with yourself and create time blocks for high-priority thoughts, conversations, and actions. Schedule when they will begin and end. Have the discipline to keep these appointments.

 

  • Focus on high priorities- Plan to spend at least 50 percent of your time engaged in the thoughts, activities and conversations that produce most of your results.

 

  • Schedule time for interruptions- Plan time to be pulled away from what you’re doing by “time sucking vampires”. Take, for instance, the concept of having “office hours.” Isn’t “office hours” another way of saying “planned interruptions?” Do not accept any interruptions other than those assigned times! Learn to say NO, or NOT NOW. Tell them that you’ll be free at “x” time.

 

  • Always plan your day- Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day. Don’t start your day until you complete your time plan. Even write down your day’s plan the night before. The most important time of your day is the time you schedule to schedule time. Guess what, if you don’t plan it, you will get off track by other interruptions, I promise you! When you write your plan, You are committed! 

 

  • Predict success- Take five minutes before every call and task to decide what result you want to attain. This will help you know what success looks like before you start. And it will also slow time down. Take five minutes after each call and activity to determine whether your desired result was achieved. If not, what was missing? How do you put what’s missing in your next call or activity?

 

  • Hang a sign- Put up a “Do not disturb” sign when you absolutely have to get work done.

 

  • Learn to disconnect- Practice not answering the phone just because it’s ringing and e-mails just because they show up. Disconnect instant messaging. Don’t instantly give people your attention unless it’s absolutely crucial in your business to offer an immediate human response. Instead, schedule a time to answer email and return phone calls.

 

  • Say NO to Facebook- Block out other distractions like Facebook and other forms of social media unless you use these tools to generate business.

 

These are only a few of the things I personally use, and they work like magic! Try it for 3 weeks and tell me how it goes. It will literally change your life.

Good Luck

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