1.KEEP A TIME LOG FOR 24 HOURS.
Try to write down exactly how you spend your time.Keeping an eye on a week (168 hours) is ideal – this is the cycle of life as we live it – but even a day or two is helpful. You start to see patterns: a morning routine that takes longer and longer than you want, fragmented work in the afternoon because you haven’t had a proper lunch break. The first step to spending your time better is knowing how to spend it now.
2.STOP SAYING, “I DON’T HAVE TIME.”
You may think that you don’t have time to train, but if someone offered you ‘250,000 to exercise five times a week this year, you’d probably find time to let it happen.So it is not a question of a lack of time. A more accurate statement is: “It’s not a priority.” Each time you are tempted to take up a lack of time, try using this language instead. Talking about priorities rather than time reminds you that time is a choice, and if you’re not happy with how you spend your time now, you can decide differently.
3.STOP TAKING A NAP.
Don’t spend your precious willpower fighting with yourself before breakfast.Either set the alarm clock to the time you actually want to get up, or restore the “sleep time” the night before by going to bed earlier and getting aborted slowly.
4.WRITE IMPORTANT PRIORITIES IN YOUR CALENDAR.
Do you want to find a new job?Plan one hour, two to three times a week, for search and networking. Want to write a book? It is unlikely to happen on its own. So schedule the writing time from Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. until it’s done. Planning turns fantasies into feasible goals.
Do they really have to happen?Could they occur less often? Could they be done informally? If you work in a meeting culture, you can buy hours a week by forcing meetings to earn their place in your life.
6.DON’T WASTE YOUR COMMUTE TIME.
This time it fits together.Find something worth it to listen to or, even better, share the ride one day a week with a friend, colleague you like, or your spouse.
7.CREATE A “BITS OF TIME FOR BITS OF JOY” LIST.
Even if you can handle time management pretty well, it’s easy to end up with small, hard-to-handle time chunks.You have 20 minutes before a meeting starts, or you’re waiting for something that takes eight minutes to thaw in the microwave. Make a list of things you like to do that don’t take much time. Study this list often. In this way, whenever you have a little time, you will use it for fun and give your life much more joy.