Saturday, May 15, 2010

How to Get More Time Every Day Utilizing Time Management

First of all you need to get rid of the myth that you can manage time. You, like everyone else in the world only have 24 hours a day. Understand that you can't manage time, you can just manage yourself in time

Next question is: How do you use your time? Today with all kinds of websites, social media, tv-shows and everyone being online and reachable through phone and emails so many hours a day, it's easy to get distracted. To manage yourself in time you need to work at your full potential. But what does that mean? This article will give you necessary tips on how to get more time, or, in other words, use your time more effectively

Know how much your time is worth.

Time is limited, you can never get it back.

There is a formula developed Dan Kennedy that calculates how much your time is worth. Lets say you make $100 000 a year. There are 365 days, but lets be realistic, only about 250/year are work days. And if you work about 40 hours a week that's 2000 hours and that gives you $50/hour. But studies have shown that only about three hours a day are actually profitable. That's when you make revenue, when you work at your full potential. That leaves us with 750 hours a year. So your time is worth $100 000 hours divided by 750 hours and that gives you $130/hour. It's almost three times as much as you first thought. Did you know this? And with the fact that your never get back lost time, understand how valuable is actually is.

Now, next thing you need to do, is to DO something about it. Getting more out of your limited time only works if you're committed.

And remember to get the most out of every day means to work at your full potential. This means that you have to take care of yourself both mental and physical. Start thinking about how you treat your body. How much do you work out? What do you eat? Do you give yourself time to relax and "empty" your mind?

Know what steals your time

It's easy, with everything going on in the world today, to say that there are a lot of distractions. That's not really true. It's what you allows to be distractions that matter. Make a list of all the things that distracts you and schedule time for them. Then you'll feel less anxiety about "wasting your time".

Also make a list of all the important things you need to do and decide when to do them. Schedule a time for all these things and let nothing disturb you or get in your way when doing this. A little more focus can do wonders.

Tackle Overwhelmed.

The world is changing at rapid speed. New things, new technologies, new methods and solutions to everything. It is overwhelming!

And guess what, it's here to stay. But rather overwhelmed than underwhelmed.

Here are three tips on how to tackle it:

1. Plan when to manage information. Make this time important. This is when you learn new things

2. Disconnect. Plan some time when you're completely disconnected, no phone, no emails, no internet. Maybe even not family. Take some YOU TIME. A great leader in my life, Brian Parsley, actually plays Call of Duty every night to get away from everything.

3. Be aware. Why not make a journal? What should you do every day? What types of income producing activities? Learning? Socializing? What went good? What is worth keeping up with?

I complained about not having the results I desired. But then I put myself against the wall: Am I doing what I can? Am I using my time the best I can? I worked a lot, but how much of it was actually focused time when I worked at my full potential? I decided to change. From that they on I did as all my great mentors told me. Prioritize! I do all the most important things before noon and you know what, I have all afternoons and evenings dedicated to fun, projects and quality time with my family and friends.

It doesn't matter if you're an entrepreneur like me, a student or a employee, we all have things to do. If we remember what our time is worth, know what distracts us, schedule our priorities and stay committed to ourselves, we can easily gain extra hours everyday.

John Maxwell said, "Your success is determined by your daily agenda." Make your days count.

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