4 Unusual Ways to Manage Time Better and Get Results Faster

4 Unusual Ways to Manage Time Better and Get Results Faster

In order to manage time better, we need to understand the underlying principles of time management, productivity and personal organization.

These are things such as using lists, tracking everything, eliminating anything unproductive and focusing on what works, dealing with distractions, finding our prime time and structuring each day in a way that will help us get more done during it.

Add to that goal setting, planning, testing things, building better habits and waking up earlier to have more hours in a day.

While all this might sound simple, we still live in a world where a ton of energy and time are being wasted daily in the life of an average man. That means most people don’t truly understand what being productive means and have no idea how to manage time effectively.

That’s why I wanna explore some specific ways in which we can get better results at work, and with anything else we’re trying to get done.

They aren’t your usual time management tips, and might not even make sense in the beginning, but are tried and tested and work every time.

Manage Time Better with These 4 Tips

1. It’s not time that you really need to control.

One thing most people get wrong about what time management really is, is that they desperately try to somehow have more time, save a lot of it, or make the most of every minute. But truth is, time itself is an outer factor you have no control over. Luckily, you can manage something else that will result in being more productive in general, and that’s managing yourself.

Self-management comes down to a few key elements, and each can be improved over time if you’re determined enough.

Analyzing anything you do and being objective about it.

Then, deciding what habits, activities and even mental patterns to cut in order to perform better and see progress in any area.

Building the right habits.

Procrastinators do some specific things every day – often unconsciously – that lead to never getting anything done or moving forward. Such habits might be anything from using your phone too much, making excuses, eating before work and thus getting too lazy to focus, not writing things down, etc.

Each of these might seem insignificant, but when combined, their overall effect is quite negative. You not only can’t manage time better, but never reach your personal and business goals.

That’s why it’s worth defining and getting rid of these, and then replacing them with some time management habits that work.

Check this article to increase your productivity with some of these behaviors.

Another aspect of self-management is decision making.

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The best advice experts can give you is to just make a choice fast – regardless of the situation – and act upon it. Anything else leads to overthinking and thus procrastinating.

Then comes the time to manage your stress and expectations, and how you handle crisis and solve problems. All these can become your nature once you set some time aside to analyze how you’re currently going about each, and then making a plan on how to change your approach.

Once you manage yourself well, you’ll be able to spend your time in the most effective way possible day after day.

2. Get obsessed with prioritizing.

If you follow productivity gurus or entrepreneurs with thriving businesses, you know they sometimes sound like crazy when talking about their goals and principles in life. That’s because they are obsessed.

But that’s what you too should be after as it’s the only way to achieve something. Be it to manage time better, have better relationships or become self-employed. You need to stay focused on an end goal long enough to turn it into reality.

When talking about productivity and real results that come sooner, what you need to do it prioritize.

But not just to keep your goals in mind and take action upon them daily. Not just to leave some other things you’re doing in life behind for some time.

You need to become ruthless with this. To know what your one priority is in every moment of the day, and to keep rejecting anything else that fights for your attention which is not related to it.

3. Work less.

Contrary to the popular belief, working longer hours doesn’t make you more productive.

I understand that you might be looking for a promotion and trying to put some extra effort in your work. Or maybe you’re a freelancer and the formula for success sounds like this: the more hours you spend in front of the laptop, the more money you’ll make. If you’re starting a business that might mean working on it and strategizing 24/7.

However, that leads to bad health, lack of focus, and poor performance. You can’t complete any project or perform a task doing a good job simply because you don’t have the necessary elements for that process. Without a clear mind, boosted energy and good memory, you won’t be getting ahead of others.

So to manage time better, do the opposite.

Work less, but work smart.

Don’t listen to those who only judge a person by how many hours he works weekly. Don’t listen to the successful entrepreneurs who talk about the non-stop hustle. They do work hard, but they know how to rest properly.

Talking about resting, it’s equally important what you do when you don’t work.

If you’re still mentally on the job, you aren’t taking a break. And if you indulge in unhealthy or lazy behaviors, that’s not good for your personal growth or emptying your mind either.

Some proper relaxation techniques include:

  • A peaceful morning routine;
  • Taking regular breaks during work (do it every hour, it’s proven to boost creativity too);
  • Unplug and do quiet and relaxing activities an hour before bed;
  • Meditate;
  • Try some breathing exercises;
  • Be more mindful during the day (go slowly, stop every now and then to take a few deep breaths).

4. Keep procrastinating.

There are 2 sides to every story. That applies to procrastination too.

While you’ve probably been doing it wrong now and are right to assume that this behavior is a bad thing that doesn’t get you closer to your goals, there’s also a smart way to do it.

Be a structured procrastinator.

That means, whenever you want to put something off for later, it’s okay to do something else, but let the replacement be something even more productive. That’s absolutely possible. You’ll still feel the same comfort that procrastinating gives you, but you’ll be getting things done at the same time.

There will be moments when you’ll just be keeping yourself busy, instead of doing the real work. Well, don’t worry. Use this time to complete small tasks. Be it decluttering, planning the next day, emptying your inbox, doing a research, or else. If you’re gonna be spending time on social media or YouTube, at least consume motivational content that moves your brain and leads to new business ideas and the desire to take action upon them.

All this is also called active procrastination.

Start managing your time and life better today.

You must be tired of the average productivity advice. Now that you know these tips on how to manage time better and get results in the right direction, you can make a change in your approach over the next couple of ways.

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How to Have Energy All Day When You Work from Home

energy focus and productivity tips for anyone working from home all day

Lack of energy is one of the challenges of working from home. Staying focused and productive, keeping our motivation levels up, not getting distracted and ignoring interruptions are all things we struggle with as bloggers, freelancers and online business owners.

In fact, I got lazy earlier today around noon and that annoyed me a bit. It’s proof that even years of working from home aren’t enough to get rid of this. It’s just how the body and brain work. And while there are some productivity and energy hacks we can try, it’s something we’ll need to make peace with.

But I was determined not give up and call it a day and start doing unproductive things. Instead, I finished an article I was writing for a client and did a few other little things. One more cup of coffee and I started getting ready to go out. I hit the gym and felt accomplished. Imagine if I stayed at home allowing the lack of energy and mental clarity to take over?

It’s always better to just start doing stuff, as you’ll see below. If you too are working from home and struggle with keeping your energy for the whole day, here are some tips that really work:

Tips for Staying Energetic When Working from Home

Check out some tips on how to get more done and keep your energy for the whole day when you work from home:

1. Work while standing.

You can alternate periods of sitting and standing while working from home. Or you can just do it while standing for a few hours.

I begin the day by creating a fake standing desk, placing my MacBook on it and working like that. These are my sacred hours and I do my most important work then. Standing definitely keeps me alert and helps me be more productive.

But don’t just take my word for it. It’s science-backed. Plenty of studies have found that working from a standing desk improves not just productivity but also health.

2. Get moving.

When you’re doing work on your laptop, especially if it’s something repetitive, rather boring or just a project you’ve been stuck with for a long time, you can easily feel sleepy. To get your focus and energy back, get up and do something.

Declutter a bit, do a chore, go to the store, take a shower, start getting ready for going out even if it’s too early for that, do a few squats.

Any type of movement would be beneficial to your energy levels. That’s a quick trick whenever you start feeling lazy but have more work to do.

3. Snack strategically.

I’m a fan of intermittent fasting and don’t have a big meal in the first part of the day. The first calories I consume are from the milk in my coffee. Then, during or after my most important work for the day, I eat yogurt and nuts, an omelet or a fruit. These all give me energy yet they don’t make me feel full or get distracted.

A big meal, however, especially one rich in carbs, would ruin my productivity. I’ll even feel like napping right after it and no work is usually done after that.

Find what works best for you but know that some snacks are better than others. Here are some productivity-boosting foods to check out.

4. Go outside.

The fresh air, the act of leaving home itself, being around people and being in public are all things that will freshen you up and make you alert. You can take a walk, be in nature or just spend 15 minutes outside your building.

Here’s why sunlight and fresh air are great for the body and mind.

5. Gather all your willpower.

Earlier today when I felt like skipping the gym and leaving the rest of the work I had planned for the day for tomorrow, I imagined how bad I’ll feel in the evening. And especially tomorrow when I’ll have to compensate for all that.

I like my productive self the most and know it’s a matter of willpower to get things done.

Working from home makes us lazier indeed but the energy itself isn’t gone, we just need to remember why we do what we do and bring it back by building momentum.

So that’s kind of a mind hack to have energy all day when you work from home.

6. Get social.

Freelance isolation is a real thing. I’m personally struggling with that too. Social interaction makes up happy and gives meaning to our days. We crave it especially when we run an online business and spend most of our time at home.

So to wake up your mind and get it ready for more work call a friend, get a client on a video call, have a meeting with your virtual staff, or meet with a friend for coffee.

If you need more social interaction around the afternoon slump, take your laptop to a coffice or a coworking space.

7. Hit the gym.

That works for me every time. It’s the part with getting there that’s the challenge.

You need to get ready, leave home and actually have a proper workout. But the feeling after it is great. Fitness is one of the main reason why I can focus in the first part of the day and why I’m more productive and energetic for the whole day in general.

So that’s how I beat laziness when working from home and save focus and productive energy for the day. You can do the same.

We all struggle with the afternoon slump and lack of focus and productivity when working from home. Here are my best tips to beat laziness and have energy for the whole day when you work from home: #workfromhometips #productivityhacks #findfocus #workingfromhome