- Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is extremely important
Every single person on the planet gets the same amount of hours in a day. Those who become really successful in life know what they are good at, what they are bad at, and what they need to do to get things done.
- You can’t be exceptional at everything
Chances are that you already know what abilities and skills come to you naturally and what tasks are easy for you. You may be a great negotiator or you may have a great analytical mind. Whatever you are good at, develop that.
- You need to stay away from what drains your energy
Most people have up to a dozen of strengths. A lot of other things are boring to them and drain their energy severely. The goal is not only to find what you are good at, but also to figure out how you can stay away from things that don’t work for you.
- Goals will give you direction
When you have a specific and measurable goal in mind, keeping your focus on a project becomes much easier. Use goals as an inspiration to take your time-management skills to the next level.
- Know what your time is worth
Most people know what their time is worth when it comes to making dollars per hour at work, but they don’t stretch the concept far enough. If you can make a lot of money by spending an extra hour applying your analytical skills, don’t waste the hour on cleaning your home. Instead, hire someone to help you.
- Figuring out your biological rhythms will help you get in the zone
Athletes often talk about “the zone” as a state in which getting positive results is easy. The zone is not a magical place. Every person has it. Zone largely depends on factors such as sleep, nutrition, and surroundings.
- Following a system is easier that creating a new one from scratch every day
Effective time management needs not only good intentions but also a certain framework that includes knowledge, skills, planning and technology.
- Routines can make your life much easier
Sticking to a system is not a guarantee of success in its own right, but regularly tracking your days you will be able to become more aware of how they pass by and to plan them better.
- Surroundings matter
The way you create order around you can save you a lot of time and energy and prioritize important things, goals, and to-dos over little distractions that can eat a lot of your time if you allow them to do so.
- You can use technology to your advantage
Surroundings matter not just when it comes to physical things. It is important to have your computer files, documents and contacts sorted for quick access, convenience and speed, too.