We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It’s not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating. Laszlo Bock, head of People Operations at Google.
We all get the same amount of time in a day – 24 hours to use them wisely, and if you are lucky enough to reach the so called work-life balance and be happy until the rest of your life. What often separates top performers from less effective people is the way they organize their time.
I have come across many productivity tools that promise to help you better manage your time, be more productive etc., but none of them comes close to using the mind mapping technique.
For me, finding ways to better manage and organize my time, simultaneously advancing in my career, makes me feel accomplished and secure in fulfilling life’s challenges. So, without much ado, I would like to share my experiences and tips regarding reaching greater motivation to deal with your everyday challenges.
To make the most out of your day, I propose that you consider these helpful tips for properly motivating yourself and achieve better time management:
- Have long range plans – By planning your week or month instead of your day, you better identify possible obstacles and opportunities for making the most effective use of your time. If you know you have a busy day coming up, you can schedule other events around it to avoid getting overburdened on that particular day.
- Stop multitasking – it is part of the modern plague, but it is actually the most unproductive thing in any
- Schedule and record all your thoughts and tasks, at least 1 day in advance.
- Prioritize your time and tasks that are important for your success – Organize your schedule so you tackle your toughest tasks at the times of day when you’re at your peak. Save the easier or less important tasks for when you have less energy, or toward the end of the day.
- Shut down the world around you and focus on the things you are working on, because almost nobody deserves to be interrupted for any unurgent and unimportant thing that comes to your colleagues’ mind and aims to waste your time.
- Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good – Not every task you ever attempt has to be finished to perfection. Some things don’t have to be done well—they just have to be done. Know how to appropriately prioritize tasks, saving your best for the most important jobs.
- Set goals and rewards for you and the people helping you achieve your tasks – Be sure to reward yourself for sticking to your schedule. When you have something to look forward to, it makes the grind more worthwhile. Small rewards, such as a night out or a meal at your favorite restaurant, will help keep you motivated.
- Learn to say no – Your time is the most valuable commodity you have. Don’t fritter it away on aimless tasks. Say no to requests that impose on your time if they offer little in return and have little benefit to the overall productivity of your day.
- Include technology tools – Technology can greatly help you to manage your time and with the use of tools from the modern age, you can stay on top of your schedule. Reminders on your phone or tablet can keep you on track, and calendars and other documents stored in the cloud can give you access to your itinerary no matter where you are. Mind mapping software can provide you with an amazingly useful visual method to plan budgets, projects, and other activities.
- Insert a musical pause and listen to something that relaxes you and prepares you for a greater endurance through the day. This may sound silly to you, but I’ve found peace in music, just as much in nature. And if you combine these two, you can get a perfect relaxant that will rest your body, mind and soul, and prepare it for the agile battle with everyday situations and problems.
- Break down big projects into smaller components – Big projects can be daunting, and often so daunting that you end up wasting time procrastinating on getting started. When you break big projects down into smaller components, you can make them less intimidating, and provide yourself with measurable milestones and goals in order to complete them efficiently.
About the author
Joel Roberts is and a business consultant for Oracle Primavera Viewer and Microsoft Project Viewer. She is a Mind Mapping expert with numerous mind maps created and used as templates. Her articles have been featured more than a dozen business websites.