4 Tips to manage your time effectively

Who doesn’t want a few extra hours in a day? You can, if you plan properly.
Committing to these four steps will ensure you plan effectively and get more out of life.

Step 1 | Goal Setting

List your life goals – too dramatic? It’s not. If you know what you want out of life, you’ll know what to dedicate your time to, and what not. Write it down and put it where you’ll see it often. Knowing what your goals are will reprogram your mindset and you’ll be less likely to dabble in passive, time wasting exercises.

Write down exactly what you want, by when you want it and what you’re going to do to make it happen. Be specific.


Step 2 | Get Organised

Now that your life goals are set and you know where you’re heading; organise your goals. Break it down into monthly, even weekly tasks. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Now that you have smaller steps to concentrate on daily/ weekly, you can be more focused. If you have the step by step, you have no excuse.


Step 3 | Manage your time

According to Stephen D. Covey, time management can be broken down into two factors; urgency and importance.

Manage: Important and Urgent
Short term Crises and Problems

Focus: Important but not Urgent
Long-term goals

Avoid: Urgent but not Important

Distractions: Not Important, not Urgent
Time-wasting activities

For the first week, track your time expenditure daily and see where you’re wasting time, where you could better utilize it and manage your activities accordingly.


Step 4 | Kill Procrastination

Most probably the biggest time sucker of all time. Not following through or delaying makes us lazy to follow our goals – which, in the end, could prevent us from reaching it at all.

Here’s a tip to do something you’re putting off:

Do not overthink it – just delve in. Promise yourself only 10 minutes (or however long you decide) spent on that activity and set your alarm. Jump in, do as much as you can, best you can and see how much you’ve accomplished in that short few minutes. I’m pretty sure at the end of the 10 minutes, you’ll want to finish it. And there you have it – one less-fun activity done.

Set your goals, go for it!