Where are you going to FIND time? Is it hidden away or did someone else use some of your allotted time? Can you order more time from Amazon? (Believe me, I would if I could!)
We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Why does it seem that some people get more done than others in that same amount of time?
To be successful at anything we must learn to manage our time efficiently.
We waste time on our phones, on social media, and on the internet. Time management has been a problem for people for years.
Here are the top time wasters:
This blog post will help you learn how to gain some control over your time. You’ll discover how to determine how much time you really have, where you’re wasting time and how you can optimize your time to get more done using different techniques and apps.
Determine How Much Time You Have
You will never “find” time for anything. If you want time, you must make it. ~Charles Bruxton
First question you need to answer: How many hours are you spending on INCOME producing tasks? How does that compare to the hours you spend on NON-income producing tasks?
Don’t know the answer? It’s time to start tracking your time.
When you track your time you discover what you’re doing that is taking you away from your goals. Of course, we all have 24 hours a day and we all have to sleep, eat, and have some fun too! The trick is to determine how much time you are spending on everything and then finding ways to streamline.
One way to determine how much time you have is to use a free tracking tool like Toggl. Toggl is easy to set up. You can simply track work vs leisure time. Or you can dig deep and track specific tasks and activities. They also offer a mobile app so you can track time away from your desk.
OR … a less techie approach is to write down everything you do in a day for a week. Include the amount of time you spend doing something. For example, let’s say you are working away on a project then get distracted by Facebook. Write down the time you switched to Facebook and the time you returned to your project. You might be surprised that instead of just a few minutes to answer a post, you actually spent 30 minutes or more on Facebook. You can simply write it down or keep it in spreadsheet you create or use a time tracking tool or program.
There are plenty of time trackers available. You can also install an app on your phone that will identify how many times you pick up your phone and how long you use each app.
It is eye-opening and sometimes cringe worthy when we are faced with proof of how we are spending our time. But determining how much of time is wasted is the first step in taking control of managing your time.
Where to Optimize Your Time to Get More Done
Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. ~William Penn
Now that you know where you are spending your time, it’s time to optimize your time so you can be more productive. It’s not difficult. Making a few simple changes to how you are doing things now can add that time you thought was lost.
Everything you need to do to meet your goals, whether for your business, your health or some other aspect of your life, needs to have an action plan. You should know the date you want to have it completed.
How to Optimize your Time:
How to improve your schedule:
Implementing simple changes, using apps and organizing yourself can all have a big effect on how much time you have to use. The more you can optimize your time, the more productive you will be.