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7 Secrets Of Time Management Everyone Would Want To Know

7 Secrets Of Time Management Everyone Would Want To Know

If you can effectively manage your time, then you have probably found the secrets of time management. Effectively managing your time means that you can get more done, and possibly reach your goals even quicker.

Read further to learn the 7 secrets of time management.

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1. Make room for your important and urgent tasks first.

Do you have items that need to be done first? Do what needs to be done first so that you don’t have to spend extra time worrying about it later. Also, knocking out the more difficult items in the beginning means that you may be able to spend more time relaxing later because you will know that you got the hard stuff out of the way. You never know if something that urgently needs to be done takes longer than expected, causing you to postpone the less urgent tasks.

2. Make a schedule.

Without a schedule, it would be hard to be able to effectively manage your time. Lay out a schedule of when you will do different things. Also, make sure that you have a schedule for when each task needs to be done and what exactly needs to be done. Having everything written out can help you because you won’t have to spend time wondering about whether or not you forgot about something.

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3. Turn off your social media accounts.

If you are like me, then you probably have a tab open for your Facebook or Twitter account. If you find yourself constantly clicking over and just thinking to yourself “Oh, I will just check my Facebook account for any new updates for just one second,” please stop kidding yourself. One little chat notification can turn into an hour-long conversation. This is such a time drain. Prevent yourself from looking at your social media accounts entirely. You will be able to get so much more done if you just close out your social media accounts entirely while you are trying to work.

4. Remove yourself from time-suckers.

There are probably other things in your life that suck up your time. Maybe you are a master procrastinator. I sometimes find myself wanting to clean, eat food, watch television and so on when I really need to get things done. Remove yourself completely from these situations. Usually a designated office (whether that be in your house or you subletting an office for yourself), there are many ways to remove yourself from time-sucking situations.

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5. Learn how to say “No.”

If you have too much on your plate, then you need to learn how to say “No” occasionally. You need to weigh whether or not you can take on all of the work that is given to you. Yes, agreeing to take on more work can have it’s positives. However, if you are lowering the quality of your work so that you can take on more work, then you may want to reevaluate your plan and see if that is truly working for you.

6. Allow others to help you.

If you have too much work to realistically handle, then you may want to ask others for their help. Not everything has to be done entirely by you. You could ask others to help take the load off of you, or you could possibly even hire an assistant if that is allowable in your budget or by your company.

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7. Don’t multi-task if you waste more time doing so.

Some people are great with multi-tasking, but some are not. If you are one of those people who is horrible at multi-tasking, then you should stop and learn how to designate all of your time to one thing so that you can accomplish tasks more quickly.

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Last Updated on March 31, 2020

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How often do you find yourself procrastinating? Do you wish you could procrastinate less? We all know how debilitating procrastination can make us feel, and it seems to be a challenge we all share. Procrastination is one of the biggest hindrances to moving forward and doing the things that we want to in life.

There are many reasons why you might be procrastinating, and sometimes, it is really difficult to pinpoint why. You might be procrastinating because of something related to the past, present, or future (they are all intertwined), or it could be as simple as biological factors. Whatever the reason, most of us follow a cycle when we procrastinate, from the moment we decide to do something to actually getting it done, or in this case, not getting it done.

The Vicious Procrastination Cycle

For some reason, it helps to understand that we all go through the same thing, even though we often feel like the only person in the world who struggles with this. Do you resonate with the cycle below?

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it!

2. Apprehension Starts to Come Up

The beginning stages of optimism are starting to fade. There is still time, but you haven’t done anything yet, and you start to feel uneasy. You realize that you actually have to do something to get it done, and that good intentions are not enough.

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3. Still No Action

More time has passed. You still haven’t taken any action and probably have a lot of excuses why. You start to panic a little and wish you had started sooner. Your panic starts to turn into frustration and perhaps even irritability.

4. Flicker of Hope Left

You can still make it; there is a little time left and you ponder how you are going to get it done. The rush you get from leaving your task until the last minute gives you a flicker of hope. There is still time; you can do this!

5. Fading Quickly

Your hope starts to quickly fade as you try desperately to understand why you just can’t do this. You may feel desperate and have thoughts like, “What is wrong with me?” and “Why do I ALWAYS do this?” You feel discouraged, or perhaps angry and resentful at yourself.

6. Vow to Yourself

Once the feeling of anger or disappointment disappears, you most likely swear to yourself that this will never happen again; that this was the last time and next time will be different.

Does this sound like you? Is the next time different? I understand the devastating effect that procrastination has on many lives, and for some, it is a really serious problem. You also have, on the other hand, those who procrastinate but it doesn’t affect them in any way. You know whether it is affecting you or not and whether it undermines your results.

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How to Break the Procrastination Cycle

Unless you break the cycle, you will keep reinforcing it!

To break the cycle, you need to change the sequence of events. Here is my suggestion on how you can effectively break the vicious cycle you are in!

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it! The first stage is always the same.

2. Plan

Thinking alone will not help; you need to plan your actions. I always put my deadlines one or two days in advance because you know Murphy’s Law! Take into consideration everything that you need to do, how long it will take you, and what you will need to get it done, then plan the individual steps.

3. Resistance

Just because you planned doesn’t mean that this time is guaranteed to be different. You will most likely still feel the resistance so expect this. This stage is key to identifying why you are procrastinating, so when you feel the resistance, try to identify it immediately.

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What is causing you to hesitate in this moment? What do you feel?  Write them down if it helps.

4. Confront Those Feelings

Once you have identified what could possibly be holding you back, for example, fear of failure, lack of motivation, etc. You need to work on lessening the resistance.

Ask yourself, “What do I need to do to move forward? What would make it easier?” If you find that you fear something, overcoming that fear is not something that will happen overnight — keep this in mind.

5. Put Results Before Comfort

You need to keep moving forward and put results before comfort. Take action, even if it is only for 10 minutes. The key is to break the cycle and not reinforce it. You have more control that you think.

6. Repeat

Repeat steps 3-5 until you achieve what you first set out to do.

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Final Thoughts

Change doesn’t happen overnight, and if you have some deeper underlying reasons why you procrastinate, it may take longer to finally break the cycle.

If procrastination is holding you back in life, it is better to deal with it now than to deal with the negative consequences later on. It is not a question of comfort anymore; it is a question of results. What is more important to you?

Learn more about how to stop procrastinating here: What Is Procrastination and How to Stop It (The Complete Guide)

Featured photo credit: Luke Chesser via unsplash.com

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