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How To Manage Your Time

Making The Most Out Of The Little Time We Have

Managing our time is something that we find to be increasingly difficult, especially when the world that we live in moves at such a fast pace. There are simply not enough hours in the day and not enough daylight for us to accomplish everything that we set out to do, or so it might seem.

While it might seem like a tremendous effort, proper time management can prove to be an incredibly effective tool, and all we need to do is be a bit more careful and more organized. So, how to manage your time?

Buy A Watch

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It might seem a bit useless now seeing as we can check the time on our phones, however buying a wristwatch is something that will prove to be very useful sooner rather than later. The biggest advantage is the fact that it is right in your face and you will, more often than not, find it a lot easier to check what time it is and even catch a glimpse of it without even trying. This will make it a lot easier to keep track of the time and actually stay within time frames.

Stop Burning Time

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The biggest thing that we waste time on is ourselves, and believe it or not, all those little breaks and all those little stops tend to add up to a lot of time on a daily basis. That being said, you will need to stop getting distracted by other things, like social media, your phone, or the internet in general, and focus on your work. Try and divide the workload into proper chunks and center your activity around them.

Don't Wait, Do!

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You might not realize this but you spend a lot of time just waiting around for things to either come or happen. While it might be easier to simply wait and hope it comes on time, it is often a lot more productive to simply do the things yourself or take initiative. It is a great way to save time and it will also make you stand out in the workplace as being an employee that likes to get things done.

Organize Yourself

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Doing things haphazardly is something that might seem fun and manageable at first but it will soon prove to be incredibly frustrating and inefficient. There are a lot of things that can go wrong and a lot of distractions that you will encounter, so you will need to organize yourself properly. Get a planner or a notebook and simply create a schedule to abide by, and if you keep to the schedule you will find that you will save a lot of time and still get everything done as you've planned.

Divide Your Time Properly

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When planning ahead, you will need to divide your time properly so that you not only find room in the day for everything that needs doing, but you also account for any problems or unforeseen events that might come your way. That being said, a good rule of thumb is to allow for around 10-15 minutes in each hour in order to compensate for anything that might appear. Also, remember to factor in a couple of breaks here and there, and while it is a great idea to cut back on them, you will not be able to cut them out altogether.

Time management is something that the cast majority of us don't really exercise, to begin with, because of the fact that we will end up sacrificing our comfort. Often times we will find ourselves short on time at the end of the day, however with the right planning and the right mindset, as well as the willingness to organize and discipline ourselves properly, we will not only have enough hours in the day to get everything done but also end up with quite a bit of time left over for ourselves.

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