A guest post by M.Farouk Radwan
The founder of http://www.2knowmyself.com
Time, as we all know, is one of the most precious assets we have. Even though most people are aware of this fact they keep wasting their time then end up feeling guilty because they haven’t achieved any of their goals.
In order to be successful in life you must develop certain skills and one of these skills is being time conscious.
In other words you need to be aware of the passage of time and you must obsess a little about the time you waste.
So the question is, how can you stop wasting time?
Here are some tips :
1) Remove all distractions: try to monitor your behavior for a few days to find out the things that distract you. Once you find those things remove them the moment you attempt to do an important task. If your mobile phone distracts you then turn it off, if your email distracts you then cut the Internet connection and so on.
2) Wake up early: the earlier you wake the more time you will have and the more tasks you will get done. People waste precious time sleeping then wonder why they don’t have enough time. Waking up early is one of the best time-saving methods a person can come up with since it brings extra time out of nowhere!
3) Are you afraid to start? Believe it or not, the fear of failure or the fear of testing the self esteem is one of the reasons you procrastinate. Any person who is afraid to try something will feel guilty if he decides not to do it and, at the same time, frustrated by not having the courage to start and will often spiral between the two feelings by procrastinating. Be brave and you will save yourself a lot of time.
4) Lock yourself up: sometimes you will find yourself motivated to work but others will distract you. Often a family member or a friend will distracts you during the time you want to be productive. So locking yourself up is a must if you want to get the important tasks done.
5) Don’t wait for the mood: many people wait for the right mood in order to start. People who get the tasks done are the ones who work in spite of the bad moods. Procrastinators keep waiting for the right time or the right mood . It won’t happen – so do it anyway.
What works best for you in terms of managing your time?
I’d love to hear your ideas. Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org OR post a comment…
small changes = big results!