Most people go about time management backwards. They think about the whole goal of walking habit that they wanna embrace. They talk about the tasks that they were assigned in the meeting last week.
And then they think about the goal that they have to be a young adult fantasy author by age 30, getting awfully specific.
And then they take all of those things and they stuff them into a calendar, but inevitably, things fade and then they wait until they get another burst of motivation that makes them wanna take control of their time again.
The main way that people go wrong when they are planning out their goals is that they picture their future self as like a month to be the absolute ideal self.
They are planning for this ideal future version of them, not the current ones. Their future self is filled with resilience, motivation, and endless energy, never have circumstances come up that mess with that plans.
3 tips to conquer a week
Here is how would you manage yourself to manage your time.
Tip 1: Give yourself options
The biggest way we fall down when we are managing our time we are managing for this aspirational self.
The reason for giving up on our capabilities while not being able to cope with our plans is being:
– Rigid with our choices, and
– Limited with our options
One way that you can do to have a vision of having more than the options that you thought of is by creating a:
IF THEN CHART
– Write a list of all the things that you can do that make you feel on top of life.
– Don’t cast in a bunch of tasks that you genuinely don’t do.
– Now, give yourself options according to the different states of mind you may go through while practising what you think you can do.
As in, you may feel:
– Surprisingly involving with the activity.
– Awfully pissed off with time, mind, and effort you had to invest in that task.
– Unable to conclude what are you getting in return for practising the specific thing.
When you know, how you could react to the things you are capable of doing. Now you can very well know, what is the best possible response you could give to all the options available to you.
Tip 2: Do work that you do well
Think back to a day recently, or in the past where you spent the day using your strengths, doing things that not only you enjoyed but also you were pretty good at.
It’s like that you were energized, you were floating, you were flowing through the day, things were easy, you got lots done.
Then think back to a day when you had to do a bunch of stuff that you just didn’t enjoy.
Sometimes you do have to mix both of these things in.
Sometimes you do have to do crap tasks, that you aren’t good at.
But so long as you are scheduling:
– the stuff that you are good at,
– the stuff that does make you feel creative,
– the stuff that does make you feel inflow;
you are going to contribute to your overall energy levels throughout your days.
Work tasks that;
– make you feel good, and
– you are good at.
Ideally, a combination of those two things because those are the things that you should be scheduled within your days.
Tip 3: Take regular restorative breaks throughout the day.
Once it’s been doing something for a long time. As our brain gets tired, it just gets it’s vulnerable to distractions and as a result, we waste time.
Instead of recognizing that your brain is tired, you are vulnerable to distraction.
It’s time to take a responsible break. We just keep powering on. And, as a result, the time we could have spent taking these intentional, refreshing, restorative breaks gets wasted on web surfing, going through social media, on excessively checking email.
Unless you are one of those people with just endless energy but breaks will replenish you enough that you’ll be able to get more done in your day with more purpose and with more clarity.
Studies have shown that breaks did the right way to replenish the energy that you are losing from using all this mental energy doing work.
Breaks increase your self-control, your willpower, and your decision-making abilities.
Taking restorative breaks is a much better way to approach life than just letting yourself get distracted and then waste time.
Those were the 3 tips on how you could have more time by managing yourself well.