5 best practices to manage time and become successful

Coming from a start-up Eco-system, I meet a lot of self-employed and self-motivated entrepreneurs who are relentlessly working on their ideas and projects.

While this is all very exciting, in the long-run we head into a burn-out.

Burnout is a type of psychological stress.
Occupational burnout or job burnout is characterized by exhaustion, lack of enthusiasm and motivation, feelings of ineffectiveness, and also may have the dimension of frustration or cynicism, and as a result reduced efficacy within the workplace. — Wikipedia

While the fire in your belly to conquer the world is something that cannot be taken away, there are a few sure practices that can help you sustain the burnout and become more effective.

Here are 5 proven ways that can help you manage your time better and become more productive

Follow an early morning routine

All successful people we look up-to have one thing in common — they start their day early and follow a certain practice religiously.

Steve Jobs, Late CEO of Apple, In his speech to a graduating class at Stanford said,

“For the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

Barack Obama, President United States of America 
Mr. Obama starts his day with a workout at 6:45 a.m., reads several newspapers, has breakfast with his family, and then starts his work day just before 9:00 a.m. in the morning.

Tony Robbins, Motivational speaker
Over the years, Tony has motivated thousands of people and groomed leaders in all walks of life and become successful.
One of the very first things he did was, he changed his habits and way of thinking. His advice is to do an “Hour of Power” every morning, which includes motivational sayings and visualization.

Plan and prioritize tasks

Don’t rush into your day without a plan as this will ensure chaos in your activities and throwing things off balance leading to frustrations and a chain reaction sets off putting all and any other tasks off your grid.

The key is to start following a S.M.A.R.T ( Specific, Measurable, Acheivable, Realistic and Time Frame bound) goals approach.

Learn more about SMART goals

Don’t Multi-task — Break and Delegate your tasks

This is by-far one of the most effective practices in managing your time better.

Multi-tasking or Doing-it all by yourself while might sound like one might get you a pat on the back, you end up losing motivation at some point of time and will certainly become too much to chew.

Hiring a good team and then breaking your tasks to delegate sets things moving efficiently and also allows you more time to think and plan effectively for growth.

Plan your work-outs

Needless to say make time for exercise and socializing. Let’s not forget running after success should not be at the cost of your health.

Including 30 minutes of time for an activity is a must. You can do this first thing and make it a part of your morning routine or fix 3 days in a week to follow religiously.

Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it
- Josh Billings

Make a plan for tomorrow before you go to sleep.

Last but not the least before you end your day, make a plan for the next day. You can make this even more efficient by writing this down.

This will help you have a precise and clear idea of how your day tomorrow will look like and also be well prepared for the next-day’s morning plan.

Feel free to share this with your friends and let me know your best practices in your comments and I would love to hear them :)