1. De-clutter your brain. Write down your thoughts and ideas. - This helps to clear your mind and makes it ready for decision making. - Provides clarity on your goals and priorities. - Makes room for higher levels of thinking and focused action.
2. Categorize your tasks. The Glass Jar: Rocks, Pebbles, Sand. Rocks - Most important tasks. Pebbles - Tasks that are most important but not the most critical. Sand - Smaller, more insignificant tasks. Tackle the rocks first. Pebbles and Sand will fall into place.
3. Eat the frog. - Your frogs each day are the tasks that will have the greatest impact on achieving your goals. - These are usually the tasks you are most likely to procrastinate starting. - Eat the biggest frog first.
4. Setup an organized environment. - Create the right environment for work. - Eliminate useless clutter. - Set up an effective filing system. - Have all of the work items handy.
5. Don't let the mind wander. - Life is always just present moments. - Live in the present to avoid emotional rollercoaster.
6. Take regular breaks. - Working without breaks does more harm than good. - A small break will help you to refresh and then refocus on work.
7. Understand the power of now. - Wherever you go, ensure that you are there totally. - Let go of your past so that it doesn't ruin your present or your future. " Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life".
8. Overcome procrastination. Use the 4D system. Do it - postponing an important task creates anxiety and stress. Do it early in the day as you can. Defer - if the task can't be completed quickly and is not high priority, simply defer it.
Delete - find the consequences of not doing the task at all? Consider 80/20 rule. Don't do it. Delegate - Important task? Should you do it or can it be delegated?
9. Find your productive zone. - Identify your zones of highest mental and physical energy each day. - Structure your most important and demanding tasks around these times.
10. Eliminate electronic time wasters. - Set a time to use your electronic gadgets. - Identify which apps are causes of your procrastination and tackle them.
11. Set goals. - Set SMART goals - make sure the goals you set for yourself are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. - Goals tell you the direction you are heading to and extremely important in time management. - Set and focus on 5 specific goals.
12. Identify your key constraints. - Determine your internal and external bottlenecks. - Bottlenecks set the speed at which you achieve your most important goals. - Focus on alleviating them.
13. Fitness. - Staying fit and healthy helps you manage your time the best possible way. - Exercise, Eat healthy. Get good sleep.
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