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Always Feel That You Don’t Have Enough Time? You Need To Understand Yourself First

Always Feel That You Don’t Have Enough Time? You Need To Understand Yourself First

Feeling pressed for time is common among many of us. We all get the same amount of time each day to be productive. And it can sometimes feel as if the twenty-four hour day isn’t enough. Mastering the art of time management can be challenging. So we’ll share two proven productivity techniques you can use to do more with the time you have.

Determine Your Peak Hours Of Productivity

The essential principle to productivity is all about how well you blend time with energy. Once you nail down your ideal peak times, you can complete tasks at the energy phase that is right for you.

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Managing energy, not time, is the key to high performance and personal renewal, says Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, authors of the bestselling book The Power of Full Engagement. Harness energy and time to reach greatest productivity.

It is important to identify your peak hours. Schedule the most important tasks for those hours. To determine when you feel more productive, perform a self-analysis. Ask yourself: when am I most energized? enthusiastic? creative? Discover when your peak cycle of productivity is at its highest. It could be morning, afternoon, or evening.

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Personal activities and work tasks are not created equal. Each requires a different level of energetic output. Some tasks might be mentally draining. Other tasks can energize or excite you. Address demanding tasks during your ideal peak times. Schedule non-critical tasks for times when the peak cycle is low.

Then, create Time Boxes To Manage Tasks

The key to using a time box is to set a deadline to meet a specific goal, stick to it, track progress, and move on to the next task.

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So if you plan to complete an activity in an hour, it should stop at the end of the time box. When a project or daily task is too large to complete in the allotted time, break it into smaller tasks. This way you can time box tasks to increase efficiency.

Time boxes encourage us to focus more on time than tasks. Give yourself 15 minutes to return a phone call or clear your email inbox. If you only have 30 minutes to spare, organize something you’ve been meaning to get to. Set a time box and stick to the commitment to complete it within the specified time frame.

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Set A Time Box With These Easy Steps:

  • Estimate the length of time it will take to complete the tasks on your to-do list and allocate times for each.
  • Use your smartphone or computer to schedule alerts to help you move from one task to the next.
  • Choose set periods of time that work best for you. Consider the right time of day and limit sources of interruptions or distractions.
  • If you run out of time, stop when the time box does. Assess why you didn’t complete the task and plan to schedule the task in a different way next time.

Time is a limited resource, so is energy. Make use of each in strategic ways. When used in the right way, these resources enable us to be more productive for both work and play.

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Last Updated on May 7, 2021

Productivity Boost: How to start your day at 5:00 AM

Productivity Boost: How to start your day at 5:00 AM

I have been an early-riser for over a year now. Monday through Friday I wake up at 5:00 AM without hitting the snooze button even once. I never take naps and rarely feel tired throughout the day. The following is my advice on how to start your day (everyday) at 5:00 AM.The idea of waking up early and starting the day at or before the sunrise is the desire of many people. Many highly successful people attribute their success, at least in part, to rising early. Early-risers have more productive mornings, get more done, and report less stress on average than “late-risers.” However, for the unaccustomed, the task of waking up at 5:00 AM can seem extremely daunting. This article will present five tips about how to physically wake up at 5:00 AM and how to get yourself mentally ready to have a productive day.

Many people simply “can’t” get up early because they are stuck in a routine. Whether this is getting to bed unnecessarily late, snoozing repetitively, or waiting until the absolute last possible moment before getting out of bed, “sleeping in” can easily consume your entire morning. The following tips will let you break the “sleeping in” routine.

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Relocate your alarm clock.

Having an alarm clock too close to your bed is the number one reason people simply cannot get up in the morning. If your alarm clock is within arms reach of your bed, or if you can turn your alarm clock off without getting out of bed, you are creating an unnecessarily difficult situation for yourself. Before I became an early-riser, there were many times that I would turn off my alarm without even waking up enough to remember turning it off. I recommend moving your alarm clock far enough away from your bed that you have to get completely out of bed to turn it off. I keep my alarm clock in the bathroom. This may not be possible for all living arrangements, however, I use my cellphone as an alarm clock and putting it in the bathroom makes perfect sense. In order to turn off my alarm I have to get completely out of bed, and since going to the restroom and taking a shower are the first two things I do everyday, keeping the alarm clock in the bathroom streamlines the start of my morning.

Scrap the snooze.

The snooze feature on all modern alarm clocks serves absolutely no constructive purpose. Don’t even try the “it helps me slowly wake up” lie. I recommend buying an alarm that does not have a snooze button. If you can’t find an alarm without a snooze button, never read the instructions so you will never know how long your snooze button lasts. Not knowing whether it waits 10 minutes or 60 minutes should be enough of a deterrent to get you to stop using it.

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Change up your buzzer

If you use the same buzzer day in and day out, you begin to develop a tolerance to the sound. The alarm clock will slowly become less effective at waking you up over time. Most newer alarm clocks will let you set a different buzzer tone for the different days of the week. If you change your buzzer frequently, you will have an easier time waking up.

Make a puzzle

If you absolutely cannot wake up without repetitive snoozing, try making a puzzle for yourself. It doesn’t take rocket science to understand that the longer your alarm is going off, the more awake you will become. Try making your alarm very difficult to turn off by putting it under the sink, putting it under the bed, or better yet, by forcing yourself to complete a puzzle to turn it off. Try putting your alarm into a combination-locked box and make yourself put in the combination in order to turn off the alarm — it’s annoying, but extremely effective!

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Get into a routine

Getting up at 5:00 AM is much easier if you are doing it Monday through Friday rather than sporadically during the week. I recommend setting an alarm once that repeats everyday. Also, going to bed at about the same time every night is an important factor to having a productive morning. Learn how much sleep you need to get in order to not feel exhausted the following day. Some people can get by on 4-6 hours while most need 7-8.

Have a reason

Make sure you have a specific reason to get up in the morning. Getting up at 5:00 AM just for the heck of it is a lot more difficult than if you are getting up early to plan your day, pay bills, go for a jog, get an early start on work, etc. I recommend finding something you want to do for yourself in the morning. It will be a lot easier to get up if you are guaranteed to do something fun for yourself — compare this to going on vacation. You probably have no problem waking up very early on vacation or during holidays. My goal every morning is to bring that excitement to the day by doing something fun for myself.

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As I previously mentioned, I have been using these tips for a very long time. Joining the world of early-risers has been a great decision. I feel less stressed, I get more done, and I feel happier than I did when I was a late-riser. If you follow these tips you can become an early-riser, too. Do you have any tips that I didn’t mention? What works best for you? Let us know in the comments.

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