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10 Things Successful People Do To Maximize Their Time

10 Things Successful People Do To Maximize Their Time

Successful people are great at making the most of their time. They understand that their time is equivalent to whatever money that can be made in that time. They are clear and focused on such time usage, and this requires some mental toughness. I hope you can maximize your time and become more successful at getting more done. Here are 10 things successful people do to maximize their time.

1. They delegate

Successful people know that they are not the best at everything. So they find people that are smarter and more efficient to do tasks they are not the best at. They leverage the knowledge and the abilities of these persons and get more out of their time.

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2. They break down their goals

Having a mighty wall to climb over may lead to procrastination and frustration. Successful people know this. That is why they break down their goals into chunks that can be achieved in the shortest span of time. They believe in consistency and working regularly to make the most of their time and attaining big goals.

3. They prioritize

Some things are urgent yet not important. Some are important and not urgent. They make a balance with the tasks before them as to ascertain what is urgent and important and deserves their immediate attention. With this they can determine actionable results.

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4. They de-clutter their lives

According to Pareto’s principle, only 20 percent of our actions drive 80 percent of the positive results in our lives. The other 80 percent of our actions only produce 20 percent of results. Successful people know that a lot of time can be wasted in small talk, having no plan or not following a plan. They focus on 20 percent actions that will produce 80 percent results while they either eliminate or delegate the other 80 percent that offers 20 percent results.

5. They make a self-assessment of their time

Successful people, unlike unsuccessful people, keep themselves accountable for how they use time. They make a self examination in written journals to identify the time wasters in their lives. They identify areas, like spending too much time social media, as time wasting activities and do well to be more accountable on how such time is spent.

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6. They catch up on time

There is always some free time they can accumulate and take advantage of. Time spent in traffic could also be spent listening to an insightful audio CD or connecting with a client. They attack any window of opportunity to get more of their time.

7. They create a ritual

Successful people are plugged in on habits and schedules that are fixed. Such routines do not exceed the time limit allotted to them. For example, if it will take them 15 minutes to eat every morning, they stick to this routine and do not exceed it.

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8. They plan their days

Nothing precise, concise and effective can be done without strategic planning. Successful people are organized and do well to plan their days beforehand. Being busy is not the same as productive and being busy could cripple your health. This is why successful people ensure their days are well planned to be more productive and effective.

9. They are motivated

They direct their energies and resources to things they are passionate about. It is difficult to flaw someone who combines skill and passion. Energy and time spent on passionate pursuits offer the best use of time.

10. They focus on one activity at a time

Some people think they make the most of their time by multitasking. Successful people understand that multitasking is a waste of time. According to a report, humans are not designed to multitask. It is best to increase your efficiency and performance to focus on a task and finish it properly before going on to the next one.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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