9 WAYS TO MAXIMIZE TIME EFFICIENTLY.
Time is a very precious and non-renewable resource and we all have the same 24 hours a day, both, the successful and the unsuccessful. No body has more hours than over the other person. What matters the most is HOW we are utilizing that time we have. But what I have come to realize is that successful people maximize time to make each day as productive as possible. While unsuccessful people squander their time day by day. And because our success is 95 percent determined by our daily habits, maximize time being one of them, then it is for sure that the successful continue to be successful while the unsuccessful continue to be unsuccessful unless they change theirs habits.
In order to create the momentum for your success you must learn to maximize time-to make the most of every hour of every day. The hours in a day are limited. Every minute not utilized efficiently is wasted and can literary make you stuck and lag behind. You must maximize time to striving and getting better every day. That’s how you build your empire successful.
Since you are reading this article it means you do not want to be among the unsuccessful, allow me to quickly share with you 10 ways on how you can maximize time more efficiently and hence a productive workday every day.
1. Plan Ahead of Your Day.
The night before your next business day make a list of the things that need to be accomplished. By creating a plan you are prepared with direction and intention. Without a plan you risk being time-challenged, rushing about wasting time and energy. This makes you ineffective and disorganized causing you to operate with a lack of foresight, resulting in lost time and frazzled nerves.
To be a more successful don’t just plan for each day; plan for every week, every year, every five years and every ten years. Planning automatically generates a progressive mindset as you envision the future you are setting out to achieve. Further, plans act as blueprints allowing you to actively gauge and measure your progress. As Jim Rohn says “It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.”
2. Maintain Positive Attitudes.
Your attitude shapes the perception of your day. Your attitude is great predictor of achievement. Start each day prepared and ready to face challenges and daily struggles. Don’t run from or avoid any obstacle. Take each challenge head on. Focus on bringing great value to the table of everything you touch.
Approach each workday with the courageous heart of lion rather than functioning as a rat. Be confident. Keep your focus on solutions, not problems. Cultivating this type of positive outlook creates the energy for great things to happen. Wake up each day expecting miracles.
3. Maximize Your Commute Time.
Many of you deal with traffic and traveling, so you may as well make good use of the time you spend commuting to the fullest. If you travel often by car or train, conduct mobile meetings while on the road or use that time to clear the clutter of your less important tasks. If you fly maximize your time in airports and while flying by completing responsibilities and clearing any unfinished business.
Another great use of time while commuting is to listen to audio-books or programs enhancing your personal-development. I do that everyday, I have turn my car into a “Mobile University” of Personal Development. Personal education inspires you to stay motivated and goal driven. These types of “mini-training” ingrain a mindset of prosperity, fulfillment and success into your psyche, which can only enhance your forward moving progress in life and business.
4. Prioritize Your Tasks.
Prioritizing solves and bring peace to feelings of overwhelm. When maximize time trough prioritization utilize the 80/20 rule. The 80/20 rule states that 80 percent of your typical activities contribute less than 20 percent to the value of your work. When you focus on the important 20 percent of your daily tasks you still get the higher reward on your time investment. Therefore, focus most of your efforts on your more urgent or top value tasks and you will achieve more than you did before and still have time left to spend with loved ones.
5. Take Short Breaks.
If you push yourself for too long without giving your mind a break you will suffer from irritability, distraction, confusion, nervousness, anxiety and fatigue. You cannot maximize time of your day with a low frustration tolerance. The brain can only process efficiently for so long before you need to relax your mind.
Make sure to get outside for some fresh air, have a healthy snack and refuel. Breaks help alleviate stress and also serve to give you a fresh start upon returning to complete the rest of the tasks on your agenda. Take at least two breaks each day. It will increase your productivity and help you to maximize your work potential.
6. Avoid Conflicts.
There are going to be aspects of your career, which annoy you. There will be people you don’t like, bosses, demands, coworkers, timelines, team members, commuting, among others distractions. To maximize time of your day do not sweat the small stuff. Because are always the small stuffs.
Adopt a mindset to accept things the way they are. Do not complain unnecessarily about deadlines, slow computers and strict bosses etc. Do not lament about the problems of the world. There is nothing significant you can produce from your workday while involving yourself in petty dramas. Shut up and do your work. Your performance is what speaks and what matters.
7. Acknowledge Others.
Being boastful about your success is unappealing. Always give yourself credit when the credit is due, but humble yourself to the wisdom that success is rarely a one-man show. Make sure to acknowledge the people you know who have worked hard to contribute the latest achievement for your team.
Each person must be treated as a valuable asset to the whole. Never leave anyone out. Acknowledging others motivates them to be more successful in the future and it motivates them to want to work harder for you and with you. Most importantly, acknowledgement brings a sense of cohesion between people. Successful empires are built upon cohesion.
8. Eliminate Time Wasters.
While at work focus on work. Avoid getting caught up in office politics, gossip, personal phone calls, social media distractions or emails. Constant engagement in these types of diversions or dramas not only can tarnish your reputation, but people will begin associating you with being unproductive and inefficient.
When you are at work focus on being productive. All “work friendships” should be based in utility; what each person can utilize from the other for a greater gain. Focus on putting your personal socializing off until you are done with your day, or leave it to your weekend. You cannot maximize your day wasting precious time.
9. Never Stop Learning
Each day offers opportunities to learn something new. Search for these opportunities to improve upon yourself, your skills and your talents. Learn how to work smarter not harder. When you work smarter you maximize time in everything you do with efficiency.
Never be know-it-all. Approach each day with the mindset of a humble student. If you know-it-all you become close-minded and cannot maximize anything further than shortage of your own knowledge. Be open to increasing your knowledge through training and education and your success will grow exponentially.