The Strategist

Five tips to keep up with daily routine

10/12/2018 - 15:16

It is not easy to set big goals, develop the most valuable areas of your life and spend time with your loved ones without sacrificing your innermost dreams or personal life. Below are five practical techniques for effectively managing your business and your time.

1. Important tasks are first.

Even if right now such a thing seems too costly in terms of time or too difficult, you should understand that it offers the greatest benefits in the long run, so you just need to roll up your sleeves and take it. You can break a big task into pieces that look not so scary, or set mini goals and mini-breaks for yourself.

2. Concentrate on one of the most important tasks.

Every time you want to check your email or look at Facebook, say no to yourself. You take control of the situation and concentrate on a single task that you need to complete. You should be aware that the thought of all the upcoming affairs will haunt you and that the only way to get rid of it is to focus exclusively on the current task, because only this way you will cope with it most quickly.

Every time you switch from one business to another, it takes a lot of time to remember where you left off, focus and return to the streaming state. Concentration will save your time and give strength.

3. Do all the most difficult tasks in the first place and as quickly as possible.

Do not postpone something that seems difficult or unpleasant to you. Resolutely take hold of them and move forward. Brian Tracy says: “Eat a frog!”

Imagine that the worst thing you have to do every day is to eat a live frog. If you deal with it in the morning, the unpleasant need will no longer disturb you, and you will feel much better. It is not known who first came up with this analogy, but today it has become a metaphor about implementation of complex, voluminous and unpleasant tasks in the first place - before you have time to postpone them until later or before they have exhausted you and become even more difficult. If you eat a conditional frog, you will feel satisfaction or relief.

To make it easier for you, imagine how you will feel later: it will give you enthusiasm. This will fill your brain with endorphins, hormones of happiness, and will give you a wonderful feeling of success and self-respect, thanks to which you can easily move on to more significant things.

4. Take control of your time and do not let others influence your decisions.

The world will constantly throw you into some unexpected trouble, if you do not plan your time in accordance with the most important things for you. You need to learn to politely refuse people and avoid low-priority cases.

If you do not have your own plan, you become part of someone else’s. Do not believe those who say that they urgently need you; be able to protect yourself from the obsessive plunderers of your time.

5. Be honest with yourself when determining the priority of tasks.

It's easy to lie to yourself. You can convince yourself of anything and come up with any excuses. But you also should realize that “tomorrow” actually means “never.” Therefore, do not believe the inner voice, this cunning person, who is trying to convince you that you “worked hard,” when in fact you were only shifting pieces of paper for eight or nine hours. You are able to effectively and ruthlessly prioritize without judging yourself, without complaining and not making excuses.

Based on “Life Leverage. How to Get More Done in Less Time, Outsource Everything & Create Your Ideal Mobile Lifestyle” by Rob Moore