Going about your day without a specific plan can limit your productivity. It can result in cramming or forgetting to do things that you have to do. We all equally have 24 hours in a day but somehow some people seem to always get much more done than others. How do they do it? Honestly, there is no secret. It is the simply effective use of time. Time management is best accompanied by a daily routine. Having a routine can really help you check every task you have on your list. Here are 5 tips to make the most out of your everyday life.
Time Blocking Method
Indicating on your routine when and how long you’re going to do each task can help you minimize time loss. It will help you not waste time. We sometimes procrastinate or get distracted when doing something and this leads to prolonging a task that could have been finished earlier. This will also keep you focused because you know the gravity of each task. You’ll know that if you don’t finish the task at hand on the allotted time you will not have the time or enough time to do other tasks on your routine.
Most Important Task Method
This method lets you focus on tasks that are absolutely essential. Most of the time we only have 1-3 important tasks and the others are not as crucial. This is not to block out every other task that you have but this is to let you relentlessly focus on the most important tasks before you get started on other small or easier ones. This can help you avoid cramming and finish things before the deadline. This also removes the pressure you feel throughout the day because you don’t have to think about the things that are highly important because it is out of the way.
Mark Twain once said that the first thing you should do each morning is to eat a live frog because you can go through your day easier when you have gotten over the worst thing that you have to do. The frog is your most important and biggest task, the one that you know you will put off doing and try not to do it until it needs to be done. This is the task that you have the tendency to procrastinate on. TIP: If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.
The Pomodoro Technique
This is about working in short massively productive, intensely focused bursts and then giving yourself a brief break.
Here’s how it works:
- Choose a task
- Set your timer for 25 minutes
- Work on the tasks until the timer ends
- Take a short break (around 5 mins)
- Every Pomodoro sessions take a longer break
90-Minute Focus Sessions
The human body operates on cycles called Ultradian Rhythms. During each of these cycles there is a peak when we are most energized and where we are exhausted. Do this by doing a task uninterrupted for 90 mins and take a rest for 20 mins.
Different techniques or methods can work on different people. It is important to find one that you are comfortable with and stick with it. You can find the one that suits you by trying some. Keep track of the results to properly assess which one you like the most.