Do you ever wish you had more time on your hands? 1,440 minutes is what we have to work with in any given day. Unfortunately, there is no possible way of adding time to your life. However, there are things you can start doing to maximize your time and increase your productivity.
Here are 15 tips that can help you maximize your time and lead you to a more successful life
It’s crucial to prioritize if you want to maximize your productivity. Prioritize which tasks are most important and start from there. If you fail to prioritize you can end up using valuable time on tasks that are not of high importance.
2. Invest time where it matters.
What will reap the most benefits when you invest time into it? Is it a project, a relationship, a task? Time is money, so choose wisely where you invest your time.
3. Know your purpose.
Think to yourself, “What am I trying to accomplish?” Establish your intentions for the project, the day, the year, your life, etc. Knowing your purpose will help you stay focused in the midst of distractions and the busyness of life.
4. Start taking breaks.
Taking regular breaks of two minutes increases productivity by 11.15%. It also reduces stress and helps you refocus.
5. Sleep well.
The average time to sleep for better productivity is between 7-9 hours. Start considering sleep as something sacred and of high priority. It reduces stress, recharges your energy, and has many health benefits. Sleeping well will help you maximize your time when you are awake.
You don’t have to do it all. Determine what you must do and decide what you can delegate to others. Let others carry some of the load and free yourself up to do other tasks.
7. Focus on one thing at a time and set a time limit for that task.
Multitasking does not always result in greater productivity. Experts estimate that focusing on one thing at a time will double productivity, work output, and performance. Force yourself to do one thing at a time and focus on that task until it’s complete.
8. Set time aside for emails.
Designate a couple times during the day to respond to emails. It will take discipline to resist interrupting other tasks to read an email, but it will allow you to maximize your time by devoting more focus and time to other more pressing things.
9. Set goals with specific milestones.
Know your goal and write down all the steps that you have to take in order to accomplish it. That way, you know exactly what you need to do in order to conquer your goal. This can range from specific goals for your day, week, month, and even the entire year.
10. Maintain a clean and organized space.
Organization experts say that the first step to increase productivity is to clear and organize your space. It will allow you to get things done faster, improve your focus and boost your confidence.
11. Make time for the unexpected.
Distractions and unexpected events will happen, so plan out time for those events.
12. Find out where you are wasting time.
Evaluate how you are spending your time and make the necessary adjustments to help you spend it better. Eliminate time wasters in order to maximize your efficiency.
13. Use time management tools.
Time management tools can assist you in making the most out of your time. Check these top ten time management tools.
14. Set deadlines for yourself.
Setting deadlines for yourself is just as important as having goals. With each goal, have a realistic but challenging deadline of when you need to accomplish a task, that way you will push yourself to reach your goal.
15. Start with the end in mind.
Have a long term view, know what you want to accomplish at the end of your day, week and year and work your way backwards. Recognize the steps you need to take to achieve the desired end result.
You are in control of what happens with your time. Maximize your time by living intentionally and you will become more productive and successful in life!