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How to Make Friends with Father Time

How to Make Friends with Father Time

Do you have trouble managing your time?

We’re all given the same 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week and approximately 672-744 hours in a month (give or take a couple of hours, depending on the length of the month). Depending on how you look at those numbers, it might seem as if there is a lot of time available to you or perhaps it may seem as if there is a very small amount of time for you to use.

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While you can’t physically change the amount of time in a day, week or month, the good news is that you can change your approach and attitude towards time.

Learning how to better manage your time is as simple as learning to view time as a friend, not a foe.  

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Follow the below tips to improve your relationship with good ol’ Papa Time to make the most of your time and get more things done.

How to Make Friends with Father Time

1. Put time into your relationship.

It takes time to grow any relationship, even with Father Time himself! Devote time to research new time management skills and techniques. You’ll also need a healthy dose of patience as you improve your relationship to time. Take it slow as you grow into your new role.

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2. Take a break and spend some time apart.

It might seem silly for me to tell you to take some time away from time, but it can be helpful take a break from your time management efforts. Learning how to better manage your time is one thing; become so preoccupied with the task that you forget or fail to do your work is another. Time management shouldn’t overwhelm, nor should it overcome your life. Review your schedule, learn new tips and tricks to better manage your calendar, but don’t let it become the only thing you do over the course of a day, week, or a month.

3. Be there for the good times… and the bad.

Are you a fair weather friend when it comes to time? Do you only celebrate your schedule or calendar when you have all the time you asked for or a whopping amount of free time? Life isn’t always about smooth moments; it’s also about the bumpy moments and how you make the most out of those bumpy moments. Be creative, resourceful and ask for help in your time of need. Be grateful for the time you do have available at your disposal, no matter how little time it may seem is available. One thing’s for certain, that time won’t be around tomorrow!

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4. Don’t point fingers.

It’s not healthy to put the blame on time for all the things you know you should have done in a timely fashion, be it running errands, finishing a report or picking up supplies for a party. Pointing fingers and insisting on whose fault it was only takes up the valuable time that you have available to you. It’s fine to be frustrated and annoyed, but let the moment pass and move on.

5. Remember that time will always be there for you.

As I mentioned earlier, Father Time gives you 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week and approximately 700 hours in a month. That’s quite a reliable friend on whom you can count! Why not strive to make the most out of your friend’s generosity? If something in your life doesn’t happen when you want it to happen (no matter how much you try to make it happen) give it time, take a break or take a moment to rest and relax. You can pick up with your work soon enough.

After reading this article, will you start improving your relationship with Father Time right away?

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Last Updated on September 17, 2018

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention.

Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.

All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next.

Multitasking is a problem. But how to stop multitasking?

How bad really is multitasking?

It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete.

Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching, which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work.

This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.

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We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by.

So what to do about it?

Ways to stop multitasking and increase productivity

Now, forget about how to multitask!

Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:

1. Get enough rest

When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker. This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break.

This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day.

When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important.

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2. Plan your day

When you don’t have a plan for the day, the day will create a plan for you. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions.

When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.

Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing.

3. Remove everything from your desk and screen except for the work you are doing

I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do.

I was looking for something easier. This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion.

Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now.

4. When at your desk, do work

We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment.

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Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk. This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions.

5. Learn to say no

Whenever you hear the phrase “learn to say no,” it does not mean going about being rude to everyone. What it does mean is delay saying yes.

Most problems occur when we say “yes” immediately. We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made.

By saying “let me think about it” or “can I let you know later” gives you time to evaluate the offer and allows you to get back to what you were doing quicker.

6. Turn off notifications on your computer

For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel.

Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work. Doing this will give you a lot of time back because you will be able to remain focused on the work in front of you.

7. Find a quiet place to do your most important work

Most workplaces have meeting rooms that are vacant. If you do have important work to get done, ask if you can use one of those rooms and do your work there.

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You can close the door, put on your headphones and just focus on what is important. This is a great way to remove all the other, non-important, tasks demanding your attention and just focus on one piece of work.

The bottom line

Focusing on one piece of work at a time can be hard but the benefits to the amount of work you get done are worth it. You will make fewer mistakes, you will get more done and will feel a lot less tired at the end of the day.

Make a list of the four or five things you want to get done the next day before you finish your work for the day and when you start the day, begin at the top of the list with the first item.

Don’t start anything else until you have finished the first one and then move on to the second one. This one trick will help you to become way more productive.

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