Master How You Spend Your Time with 10 Proven Time Management Hacks 61

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This is a guest post by Will from WillYouLaugh.com. He studies business books and the most successful people in history and shares his best insights and tips to help others succeed too.

If you’re into self-development, you know that there’s a million productivity articles on the web. What makes this any different? Well, from what I can tell, a lot of the guides out there often give the exact opposite advice from what you should do.

How do I know? Because I have seen it.

Having studied hundreds, if not thousands, of successful businessmen and businesswomen on my blog , I’ve had a solid foundation on what you should and shouldn’t do. It’s rather unfortunate when you see someone post an article on advice that is the exact opposite of what successful people actually say and people believe it.

An example would be: stop wasting time and money crafting a beautiful business card. Get customers and sales first -> Wrong advice: Buy business cards! You need them!

Today, I want to share with you a list of some incredible material that can actually help you in your life. This is based off highly acclaimed businessmen and business books like Rework by Jason Fried. The advice is useful to everyone even if you’re not in business.

The following infographic shows proven time management hacks that can help you get more done:

the proven time management hacks

10 Proven Time Management Hacks

1. Stop being a perfectionist.

Good enough is good enough! Perfectionism often leads to paralysis and you never end up releasing your piece of art to the world. Let me remind you that you can always improve later on.

2. Use STSMV’s.

STSMV’s are short, time-sensitive measurable victories. Rather than having goals that take a year to finish, do something that will take a week or a day. A small win pumps you up to keep going and motivates you. A long goal drags on, makes you procrastinate, and shuts you down.

3. Communicate as concretely as possible.

There are plenty of examples of how simple sentences can be misunderstood. There’s a great book called Business Adventures where a chapter shows how one of these misunderstandings happening constantly leads to drastic problems in General Electric, which is one of the world’s largest companies.

4. Remove interruptions immediately.

Turn off all the things that distract you: phone, text messages, Facebook, video games, and other people.

Their distractions are longer than you think: it interrupts you from your flow-state, you have to address their issue, you have to reboot, it may take longer than you expect, it may lead you to other distractions, and eventually, you are brought back to your prior state but without the flow you once had.

5. Create world-class habits now.

Now, not tomorrow. The older you get, the harder it is to create awesome habits. And we are all creatures of habit. So start with just one or you will get overwhelmed. For the next week, set a goal to create one new habit. For me, it will be to write one new, awesome article that is different from all the other generic stuff out there PER WEEK.

What other proven time management hacks do you know about?

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 15

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.

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As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

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It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

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Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.