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How To Stop Wasting Time And Get Things Done. How well do we manage our time? We have so many things to do every day. However, even with 24 hours a day, we never have enough time to complete them all.
If you follow successful people on social media, you will notice that they handle loads of tasks daily. How do they manage their time? What are their tips to increase productivity? Have you ever wondered how can they be so efficient? Well, I have, so I decided to do some research and realised that there are things that I practised daily that was actually a waste of time.
Learn How To Stop Wasting Time
Here is my list of all the ‘Time Wasters’. Are any of these familiar to you?
1) Not Planning
Do you plan in advance? If you don’t then you are actually wasting a lot of time. Planning is very important to help you stay focus and manage your time well. I usually plan my tasks a week ahead. I would just randomly note down in my planner whatever I am planning to do for that week. Then every night before I go to bed, I spend about 20 minutes, planning much intensively all the tasks that need to be done the next day.
Planning helps me to see a clearer picture of things that I needed to do and not miss out on anything important. I noticed that when I started planning, I have much more free time to enjoy doing things that I love and spending more time with family and friends.
2) Unnecessary social media scrolling
Social Media is something important to many of us and usually it is always at the top of our too do list. But how many hours a day do we spend scrolling on social media and what benefits do that gives us to our daily routine?
As a blogger, social media does play a big part in driving traffic to my blog but that is not an excuse for me to spend hours scrolling on social media. Now, I limit my time on social media during the day and try to schedule my posts in advance.
Cut Down On Multi-Tasking
I used to always multi-tasked. I always felt like I had so much to do with so little time. That was before I started planning. Now I try not to take on too many tasks in a day.
Before this, I thought that if I was multi-tasking, I could get things done quickly but instead, I was losing focus. How to get anything done properly when the focus has to be spread here and there. Now I focus on one task at a time and the results of my work are much more satisfying.
Don’t put any task on hold. Postponing a task to do it the next day or the day after is going to stress you out sooner or later. That was exactly what I used to do before. The more task I put on hold, the busier I was the next day and the day after. Day by day more tasks were pending and my to-do list just grew bigger and bigger and it really stressed me out.
When I started planning, I learned to balance my tasks wisely. I try my best to tick off everything in my to-do list before I go to bed at night. I made a deadline for every task. In a way that helped me to avoid doing anything last minute or worst still after its deadline.
Organised Your Day
I am sure that we wished we could complete a hundred tasks a day. But we are only humans, not robots, we need time to relax and unwind. Try not to jam-packed your ‘to-do list’ with hundreds of tasks. You will only end up feeling stressed and too tired to complete any task the next day.
Now I try to organise my day wisely. I make sure to set aside some time for emergencies. So if anything urgent comes up, I won’t be rushing to complete it. However, if nothing unexpected comes up on that day, I will use that ‘extra time’ to do something that I enjoy.
It’s so easy to get distracted and end up not completing your tasks. If you worked from home, distraction can be the biggest rival. for you to be sidetracked. It is so easy to lose focus and get carried away doing something else.
If you are a mom with little kids, this might not be easy. I have no kids but I have 9 cats and you can imagine the number of distractions I get daily. The good thing is my cats are always fast asleep during the day, so that is when I get to complete my tasks without shifting my focus to my fur babies.
Fail To Prioritize
Prioritize your work according to its urgency level. Urgent tasks need to be on top of the list and should get done as soon as possible. Set daily, weekly, monthly and long term goals, so you will continue to be motivated to complete your work.
I recently started to prioritize and I have already started to see some positive progress in my work.
Let’s Stop Wasting Time And Start Getting Things Done
Are you wasting any time? What seems to be your biggest ‘time wasters?” Do share your views in the comment section below.