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“It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” Steve Jobs

Time management is a skill that takes a while to develop and it’s also different for every person. There’s absolutely no one-size-fits-all approach to this, however, there is something called “Time Management Spectrum” that can help you gauge your productivity on a daily basis.

Understanding how you work and how much you can do will give you an idea of what methods work best for you and eventually be able to share your techniques to others and based on this, perhaps they can also discover their place in the spectrum and establish their own system.

Take a look at the spectrum below. Which side are you closer to in terms of how you handle your tasks?

You don’t plan at all. You just go with the flow.

 

Moderate. You have a list of tasks but you are able to adapt your productivity to your day’s circumstances.

 

Rigorous. You have a rigid system and always make sure you finish whatever is in your extensive to-do list.

   

 

 

Wherever you are in the spectrum, following a guide can help you plan your day better. There are many solutions, and you can find some of them below:

  • Start early. It’s great to work when you feel calm and your mind is clear.
  • Track how you spend your time. Use apps to track your progress and alert you when you lose focus.
  • Use the OHIO Strategy. O.H.I.O. stands for Only Handle It Once. Processing a task multiple times will only take up more of your time and energy.
  • Work in sprints and take regular breaks to help you stay productive.
  • Stop multitasking. Select one goal at a time and maintain focus, this will lead to greater productivity and to also avoid spreading yourself too thin.
  • Avoid Attention Leaks. Nowadays, our attention spans are getting shorter. When you lose concentration, your tasks take longer to complete so try your very best to not feed your distractions.

“The ability to stay focused will be the superpower of the 21st century.

Focus is the new I.Q.” ― Cal Newport

  • Set strict boundaries. Learn to say no and communicate to others in a polite but direct manner.
  • Procrastination is your worst enemy. This is more of an emotional issue and a huge obstacle to success. Click here to read more about procrastination.
  • Use your downtime to plan and reflect what you need to do the next day.
  • Make this your golden rule: If it can be done today, do it today.

“You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin


This is a part of our Effective Ways to Work Smarter series, we will share more about the topics below in our blog:

Establish workflows to streamline processes.

Delegate work effectively.

Learn how to manage stress.

Do regular daily reflections.

There are NO LIMITS on what you can ACCOMPLISH!

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How do you get things done each day? Are you able to reach all your goals with less time, effort and mistakes? If your answer is NO, perhaps you need to work on your productivity and efficiency while making sure that you are doing your tasks the right way.

Use the MIT solution

Focus on your MITs first thing in the morning. M.I.T. stands for Most Important Things. There should only be a maximum of 3 things on your list then out of the 3, select which one is the most important.

“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” — Mark Twain


Here are some tips on how to develop the ability to identify and complete the most urgent and important task first:

  • Set S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals. SMARTER stands for specific, meaningful, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. Don’t push yourself too hard by setting impossible goals.
  • Establish milestones to help you stay focused, empowered and on track.
  • Create a weekly plan. It’s better to write everything down to make them real and more concrete.
  • Make an assessment of your weekly plan to determine your daily MITs.


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As part of our Effective Ways to Work Smarter series, we will share more about the topics below in our blog:

Improve your time management skills.

Establish workflows to streamline processes.

Delegate work effectively.

Learn how to manage stress.

Do regular daily reflections.

Be the best version of yourself!

Study a nationally accredited and professional online course and get 20% off* your course.


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“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

– Annie Dillard

Every day you wake up, get up and go on with your usual routine. Is your mind geared toward self-improvement both professionally and personally? If not, then perhaps it’s time for a full self-assessment to determine whether you are evolving with the times, stagnating or going backward.

We have shared a blog post about simple yet high-performance habits that can significantly change your life and let greater opportunities come your way. Click here if you have not read it yet. You will surely find great tips to help you get to the next level and live life to the fullest.

As we approach the end of 2018, now is the perfect time to think about your plans for the year ahead. Make growth your number one priority. When you become growth-conscious across all areas of life, you focus more on your journey - your venture experience rather than just the destination or outcome of your goals.

While personal development and maturity vary with gender, age, race, and genes, what matters most is the chance you are given every waking day. You just have to start by making small, specific changes and you will eventually evolve into the person you want to be. You have 24 hours in a day and it’s up to you to make everything worthwhile and use each hour the best possible way.

Be the best version of yourself!

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“I always wanted to be someone better the next day than I was the day before.” Sidney Poitier

To build an extraordinary life of your dreams, you need to develop daily positive routines. Being positive and staying that way can be a real challenge especially when you experience difficulties, failures, and uncertainties but don’t let this stop you from achieving excellence and greatness.

It could take a great deal of motivation to get things done day in and day out. Working to become your best self should not be perceived as a burden but as a great opportunity. Rest if you feel tired but continue to fight the uphill battles. Don’t stop no matter what!

Get ready to level up your life by practicing these high-performance habits:

  • Start the day by getting a nice dose of negative ions, they create positive vibes and are actually great for your health! Try to recall what you have learned from your Chemistry class - negative ions produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin that helps alleviate depression and stress. You can get negative ions from moving air and water. Boost your mood and pump the positivity by getting a hot shower or go for a walk in the park.
  • Cultivate and maintain an attitude of gratitude. There are a lot of benefits that come with gratitude - it can shift your perception and change how you see the world. So from now on, start taking note of the things that you are grateful for.
  • Develop and enhance your soft skills to help you in your career as well as to successfully navigate through life. These are practical skills that characterise how you deal with other people, respond to challenges and manage emotions. Some examples include interpersonal and communication skills, strategic and problem-solving skills, teamwork and leadership skills.
  • Never cut corners. This undesirable behaviour is characterised by skipping steps that are important to a task in order to complete it much quicker than normal. According to research, people who frequently do this are more impulsive, undisciplined, non-conforming and they tend to be morally compromised. Although there are people that have achieved good outcomes by making shortcuts, their actions may result in harsh consequences that’s why this is highly discouraged.
  • Always look on the bright side. Life can be tough but don’t lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel. Believe that you will eventually reap the rewards of your productivity and hard work. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, put your game face on and never give up!

Be the best version of yourself!

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The most common factor of highly-successful people is they choose growth over comfort. They are passionate leaders and strong advocates that demonstrate commitment and always do their work with energy and enthusiasm. They are extremely resilient and unshakable amidst of all the chaos, bustle and noise around them.

Self-improvement doesn’t only lead to one’s success but can also help people to succeed. It’s good to be competitive, but it’s also lonely to be the only one at the top so work on reaching your goals and at the same time, try to influence others around you to reach their full potential.

“When you are living the best version of yourself, you inspire others to live the best versions of themselves.”Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience




If you want to know how you can truly become the best version of you, here are some useful tips to get you started:

 

Put yourself first

Aside from getting enough sleep, eating right, and constant exercise, you also need to look after your emotional well-being because it’s a part of your holistic health. Safeguard and strengthen it to be able to cope with the ups and downs of life.

Stop pleasing other people! Every time you try so hard to please others, you lose yourself. Learn how to say NO. If you constantly play the role of the doormat, you will always be taken advantage of and eventually feel your stress levels skyrocket and could experience an episode of burnout. Click here to learn more about burnout and what you can do to stop it.

Take care of your mind

Your thoughts can consciously or unconsciously influence your actions. If you’re constantly feeling down, you need to reprogram your thoughts in order to stay positive. Try to visualise and make your visions concrete by creating an action plan. This will serve as your guide and help you make more mindful decisions. Positive thoughts can also help you in choosing your words wisely so you can communicate with others a lot better.

Be Kind

Every person in this world is unique and every life is a unique journey. Be kind to others. Create a paradigm shift in how you treat them. Do not be quick to judge without knowing them first. Criticisms are only okay if they are constructive and not destructive because this can potentially damage another person’s self-worth and self-esteem. Most importantly, be kind to yourself!

Constantly develop your skills

Learn something new. Education has a positive effect on an individual. It brings a greater depth of understanding, theoretical knowledge, and analytical skill. A professional qualification can help you gain confidence, improve your career prospects and overall status in life. Nationally recognised and accredited training is definitely highly valued and can be extremely rewarding on so many levels. Click here to discover online courses that can help you get your career in gear.

Surround yourself with stellar people

The circle of friends you choose to have in your life speaks volumes about who you are. Acquire wisdom from the proverb “You are the company you keep”. No matter how good you are as a person, bad company can still influence your good behaviour so it’s better to hang out with friends that will support and lift you up rather than drag you down.


“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don't see it yourself.”  Edmund Lee

Don’t fear success

This might sound strange to you but the fear of success actually hides in some people’s subconscious. They get too overwhelmed and simply can’t handle success when it comes faster than expected. There are also other different scenarios such as added responsibilities, high expectations and living a totally different life than before. Always remember, great leaders, visionaries and game-changers are always ready and willing to step out of their comfort zone. Do not fear change. Even if you fail, don’t think that all your efforts are wasted. Just keep moving forward and you will soon be drawn closer to what you want to achieve.

Strive to become the best version of yourself!

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