4 Unusual Ways to Manage Time Better and Get Results Faster 57

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.

Where will you start?

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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!

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This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.