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Essential Time Saving Tips

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Time Saving Tips
Time, one of the most important gift of nature is given to everyone equally. However, there are some who doesn't seem to have enough of it. It seems they have lesser time allotted to them compared to others, therefore they don't seem to be able to get things done.

The secret is in time management. Activities, when performed on time will be fruitful, and the results will be great. Nothing can stop the flow of time. Time once past cannot be brought back by any means.

Good time management allows you to accomplish more in a shorter period which leads to more free time, and this therefore lets you take advantage of learning and other opportunities if you so desire. You will have reduced stress which will help you focus and eventually translate into more career success. It is important to understand that each benefit of time management improves another aspect of your life.

Some of the most effective time management tips are,

The two minute rule: if you can do something (like replying to an email, or a house chore) in two minutes, do it now. Planning it for later, remembering it, doing it in the future will take 5 minutes or more.

Delegate: If a task needs to be done but is not one of your most important tasks, and it can be done by someone else, delegate it. Sometimes you can get rid of half your to-do list by finding others who can do the task as well or even better than you can.

Avoid long conversations at work: We’ve all had long conversations with co-workers that were very unproductive, and often not related to work or anything important. Sometimes they’re long phone conversations. And while I like conversing with other human beings as much as the next guy, it’s important to maintain good relationships and friendships, but at the same time you could be spending that time doing other things. I personally would rather get all my work done and go home and spend time with my family. So I try to stay focused on work rather than having lots of long conversations, although I’ll make an exception now and then.

Learn to say no: This is crucial if you want to have a simplified schedule. We all receive numerous requests each day, and all of them are demands on our time. If we say “yes” to those requests, we are giving up our time and committing to doing something for someone else. But if those requests aren’t in line with our priorities, then we are usually biting off more than we want to chew. So learn to say “no” instead. Often this is uncomfortable, because we fear it means disappointing others. But learn to tell people that you just don’t have the time to commit to this right now, and often they’ll understand.

Eliminate negative energy: Nothing can drain your energy or ruin your day faster than individuals with negative energy. Dating someone who is negative about everything? Have a friend that dumps his or her sob story on you daily? Cut ties. Don’t let negative individuals take time out of your day.

Address problems or issues immediately: learn to solve problems as the arise, don't wait till later or till when it's convenient. Note that, waiting to fix a problem can be the difference between a 15-minute quick solution and a complete mess that takes you days to clean up.

Maintain a “to-do” list: Keep an accurate list and cross tasks off as you complete them. Create your list at the end of each day for the next day, this allows you to attack the tasks as soon as your start your day.

Get Ready for Morning the Night Before: Set out everything you can, dry breakfast ingredients, clothes, backpacks and bags, and lunches―before going to bed. It means fewer things to think about when you wake up and you're getting ready to leave the house. 

Furthermore, you should Beware of time thieves around you,  some of the common things that steal our time, waste our time are, 

1. Lack of motivation,

2. Mistakes; your own,

3. Failure to listen,

4. Mistakes of others,

5. Indecision,

6. Poor planning,

7. Lack of self-discipline,

8. Unclear goals,

9. Conflicting priorities,

10. Procrastination,

11. Lack of delegation,

12. Poor communication,

13. Unwillingness to say no,

14. Lack of procedure,

15. Cluttered workspace,

16. Equipment failure,

17. Interruptions,

18. Meetings,

19. Waiting for answers,

20. Socializing,

21. Shifting priorities,

22. Unreal time estimates,

23. Over-involvement with details,

24. Junk mail,

25. Red tape,

26. Low company morale,

27. Peer demands,

28. Civic activities,

29. Over-sleeping,

30. Negative attitudes


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