Instead of wishing at being better at anything. it’s best do something to manage your time better!
I know that there’s something powerful about changing the way you live your life. Take for instance; If you find yourself going through the motions of waking up, doing a checklist around you and then go about your daily activities. It doesn’t seem indifferent because it’s was you are used to. However, it’s more like you’re in reaction mode most of the time with the way you react to events, tasks you must complete, other people’s attitudes.
Basically, if you continue this way, you’ll find yourself having less and less time to do what’s important to you.
So how can you make the change? Here are a few techniques that helped me maximize the day.
Awesome ways to create the best of your daily life.
1. Make the most of your circadian rhythm.
You should know which time of the day you are capable enough to do anything mentally or physically. How do you make the most of this time?
To me Mornings Is the best time to be mentally alert. Some scientists call this the brain’s peak performance time, and it’s roughly 2-4 hours after we wake up. So, for example, if you wake up at 5am your peak times are between 7 am and 9a.m. This is best time for your hardest cognitive tasks like; solving personal related issues, learning new things, doing research and taking notes.
Then, Afternoons are optimal times for collaborating and performing physical activities. Use this time of day to schedule meetings, brainstorm ideas with others, and work together on group projects; or to do work that requires more coordination and physical strength.
Evenings can be the ideal time for strategic thinking. Your brain thinks differently at the end of the day, so it can do it’s the best to work if you give it time to be more creative. If you’re setting goals, be it personal or professional goals. This is the right time to outline your next steps, think, and look at the bigger picture. This is the time your creative minds comes in. (the best time I get more creative, writing )
2.. Set daily priorities.
Start each day by asking yourself this; What is that thing I must complete today?
Why should you choose to set priorities? This step encourages you to think and be strategic about your day, it helps you focused more on your goals. Moreover, it forces you to prioritize what’s most important, and it serves as a personal promise to yourself that you will follow through.
How can you cultivate these habits? Not to worry, all you need is just; Write it down in big bold letters on a notepad or dairy and then place it right beside your bed, and on the wall, very close to your bathroom. Always read aloud as you start your day, and come up with an answer Instantly. Then, at the beginning of your day, ensure that you’re working primarily on that particular thing, and doing all you can be complete.
3. Set a morning routine and be consistent about it.
One of the huge benefits of setting a morning routine is that you become the master of your own time quite early. Because; when you wake up, your body tends to your brain to be more mentally alert. Therefore, you designate some time to start working earlier on things that are important to you, and you gain a sense of calmness knowing in advance on what your day will look like.
Think about how you will structure your day as you’re having doing some chores, having breakfast or going on your morning walk. Then, visualize where you’ll be going, how much time you will spend at each location (even if it’s just an estimate), and what you tend to accomplish while you’re there. This helps you to think of how you can manage your time better, and also give you a greater sense of control over your day.
4. Set a a daily reminder to maximum impact.
When you divide up your work during the day into smaller increments, it becomes more manageable, and your brain is able to focus better on each task. How and when do you use a timer?
When you are learning new information. Set the timer to 30 or 60 minute blocks. When you’re done with one segment, step away from your desk, and do something completely unrelated to work to give your brain a chance to rest: take a 5 minute walk, look out the window, grab a cup of coffee or tea, have a snack.
When you’re working towards a deadline. Use the which gives your brain a 25-minute time block to concentrate, and then allows for a 5-minute break.
When you’re taking a break from work. Don’t let your evenings pass you by. Give yourself targeted time to relax and do something fun: watch a movie, go out with friends, ride your bike, read a book. Before you begin, set your timer to 2 hours, then go do your thing. The benefit? You will learn where your time goes, and you’ll still have an alert for when it’s time to start unwinding from the day and prepare to sleep.
5. Stop multitasking.
It’s a myth that multitasking helps us save time. We think it’s just routine, but every time we do it, our brain is currently focused on. The result? It can take us up to 20 minutes to get our focus back. And it gets worse: showed that this type of multitasking can result in a loss in IQ points. How do you change it?
Set up a few intervals during the day for checking your email and social media apps. Pick 2–3 times: around lunchtime, later in the afternoon, and evening. Avoid the temptation to check “just for a few minutes” – this can easily turn into an hour of browsing, and you’ll need much more time to get back to whatever it was you were working on.
Avoid browsing the Internet and reading the daily news early in the day. Leave these activities for later, after you’ve completed your important tasks. When is a good time to catch up? Try midday, during or after lunch; or, leave the news for your daily commute back from work or school.
6. Get rid of distractions.
Distractions are everywhere around us, from loud noise to phone calls and incoming text messages. The bad side to all this is that distractions negatively impact our focus and lower our productivity, which is why we have to be deliberate in removing them when we need to get stuff done.
Be smarter with your phone. Adjust the setting to Airplane mode so that calls and text messages don’t interrupt your work. Screen your calls, and call back if something is urgent, but for the rest, follow up when the time is right for you. Don’t let other people own your time; that’s your job.
Set expectations with roommates, friends, and family. Let them know you won’t be available for a few hours when you need to do your hard work, so they don’t interrupt you with their requests or questions. Tell them you’ll call later or catch up in the afternoon when you finish up what’s most important, whether that’s schoolwork, an important project, or finishing your workout.
Shut out the noise with noise-cancelling headphones or with silicone ear plugs, and listen to music that can help you focus better (for example, instrumental or classical music such as Mozart, Bach, or Vivaldi).
7. Create more time for valuable things in your life
The in-betweens are all the times you spend throughout the day going from place to place, whether it’s walking, taking the bus or train, or waiting in line at the grocery store or the subway. The good news? It’s still your time, and you can spend it on something that’s valuable to you. When and how?
When you’re commuting to work or school. Use the time to listen to . Think of it as brain food you hear interesting stories, find ways to gain a new skill, get book recommendations, stay on top of world news, or get an idea on how you can work on an important life goal.
When you’re stuck somewhere waiting for a ride home. Whether it’s an hour or longer, use this time to work on a personal project. Always carry a notebook with you, where you can write down a list of what you want to do, books you need to get, the name of a documentary you were recommended by a friend, a podcast episode that got you curious, or something else that caught your attention. That way you are not wasting time, but rather investing time in yourself!