The way you use your time is just one of the variables for success. I’m not talking about the passage of time because time just is. It’s what you do with the time you have that matters. One of the secrets to success is knowing how much time to spend on the right things at the right time and in the right order to get the results you want in your life.
We have so many distractions these days that it’s so easy to get sidetracked. So how do you know when you’re using your time effectively and when you’re not?
1. Strike the right balance
It’s about balance. If you feel like you’re working too slowly, how can you speed up in such a way that you’re still fully present to the task at hand, you’re minimizing errors, and you’re in that alpha brain wave state (where you’re completely absorbed in what you’re doing). doing)? If work is coming at a rate faster than your work rate, you know you need to cut back on the time you spend on tasks or increase your pace.
If you are in a state of unhealthy stress (yes, there is healthy stress…it’s called moderate pressure!), what do you need to do to slow down and regain a sense of calm and balance in your being?
If social media is taking you away from what you’re doing and time is just passing, what strategies and stops do you need to put in place to make sure you minimize those distractions? It’s about finding that fine line between speed and rhythm, between stress and pressure, between distraction and rest.
How you view what you are doing at any given time is key to how successful you are at what you do. It’s about gaining that clarity in your mind. For example, if you feel like your pace is too slow or too fast on a particular day and you have a long list of tasks to complete that day, clarify why your pace is the way it is.
Look back at what you were doing yesterday. Did you have a full day yesterday, or was your day too easy? In which case should you have scheduled a lighter day today or a more active one? How did you sleep last night? If you spent the night tossing and turning and barely slept, that could be a clue that maybe your body just needs to rest today. If you slept soundly last night, this will contribute to an extra boost of energy for you.
Look what you’ve been eating in the last few days. If it’s empty calories that make you feel full but lack nutrition, this is going to deplete your energy levels. However, if you’ve been eating and drinking full of E numbers, you might find yourself bouncing off the walls. All of these aspects will have an impact on the time you spend, so it’s crucial to plan your days effectively with your energy levels in mind.
2. Understand how you respond
Another indicator of whether your life is working for you time wise is how well you are moving towards what you want in life. One measure of this is how you are responding at the end of each day to what you have accomplished… or not. If you’re disappointed that once again you didn’t achieve what you wanted to achieve, it may be because you once again unrealistically tried to cram too many tasks into one day.
By asking yourself certain questions about the activities you do, you will begin to understand how well you are using your time. Do you feel that your task is too big, too small, too boring? You may not be clear exactly what you need to do. Perhaps you lack clarity on how you are going to do what you want to do.
3. Prioritize your activities
Perhaps what is needed is some time to clearly define your activity, why you are doing it, and come up with a simple strategy that will at least get you moving. Sometimes when you take a few minutes to take these simple steps, your energy levels begin to level off as confusion, frustration, and uncertainty begin to subside.
Taking time to simply prioritize your tasks according to their level of importance, time each one, and decide when to tackle each one is an amazingly mentally liberating activity that will begin to propel you forward. Taking this more hands-on approach will also help you learn more about how you work naturally and work accordingly.
4. Be clear on your results
The clearer you can be about your desired accomplishments, the more constructively you’ll find yourself using your time. How to do this is relatively simple:
Be really clear about exactly what you want to achieve
Map out your strategy to get there
Divide your project into phases and prioritized and timed tasks
Get to work!
Continuously evaluate what is working and what is not.
Make the necessary adjustments along the way
Stay open to what success will look like
Continue until you get to where you want to go (or the closest version)
rinse and repeat
It’s a simple system, but not necessarily easy, and a key part of this is how you use the time at your disposal to get to your result. When you begin to use your time more effectively by following the strategies above, you can begin to achieve the exact results you want to manifest, and from there begin to carve out the exact life you want to live.