How to stop wasting time in 2020 with these 5 tips.
Updated: May 14
Time management is the process of planning and exercising time to your advantage. If you think about it, you have 24 hours a day. So how do top athletes, millionaires and business owners do so much better than us? It all comes down to how they manage their time. If you create more time for yourself, you can spend this extra time on things that will benefit your life.
So you want to master time management but are unsure about how to start? Check out these easy 5 time management tips and tricks below to get you started on the right path, but don't get caught making these common time management mistakes!
Most people start late in the process when it comes to prioritising their tasks. Jumping in and getting started on a goal or a project is not the best approach. Taking the time to look at the end goal and prioritising what is and what isn't important, will put you 10 steps forward.
Always plan ahead of time. You can do this in the morning routine or even before you go to bed. If you don't have an idea of what you will be focusing on for the day then you will get pushed around by life and start taking care of the less valuable tasks.
Using To-Do Lists
If you have a pen and a pad of paper, you can write a to-do list. These happen to be one of the most common ways of organising your day but can be so easily forgotten. Every large goal is made up of smaller goals. Having a to-do list to write down these small and large goals to help you focus on finishing that larger goal is basically what a to-do list is for.
Start by writing out a to-do list on one project/goal, list each step you will need to do to complete it. Then look back at the prioritisation step and think what is essential and what isn't. If you're new to to-do lists and struggle to keep on top of them check out this planner to keep you on track.
The 80-20 Rule
The 80-20 rule which is also known as the Pareto principle was introduced to us by Joseph M. Juran back in 1896. This rule suggests that 80% of results come from 20% of the work we put in.
This rule can be applied to most aspects of life. I suggest you look back at your to-do list and just for the sake of keeping things simple, keep it between 5-10 tasks. Using this principle you can eliminate most of these tasks and narrow them down to the most important tasks you feel you need to focus on. It will feel weird at first but you will get used to it and in the end, it will save you a lot of time in the long run.
In life, we get so caught up with random stuff coming our way. We can only handle so much in one day. Being able to say no to things will help keep your stress levels down and maintain a laser focus on what's important to you. I know you don't want to be rude and yes it is polite to help a friend or a work colleague but in the end, you don't want to spread yourself so thin that you can't even complete the simplest of tasks.
Eat the biggest frog
Another way to help with time management is by focusing on eating the biggest frog of the day. What did you just say? 'Eat a Frog?'
Yes indeed, in his book 'Eat That Frog' Brian Tracy reveals how eating the biggest frog in the morning will save time and help stop you procrastinating. If you have 2 frogs, well eat the biggest one first and focus on the second later. The meaning of 'eat that frog' means just get up and do it because otherwise, the frog will, in the end, eat you.
In the end, no matter who you are, the more time you have will give you the chance to focus on the more important tasks in your life. By staying disciplined, keeping things in order and being prepared, this will help you to become a more productive person whilst saving time in the future.