How I maximized my time with four simple changes

Maximizing time is different from managing time. While in managing time you focus on all important and not so important tasks and try to complete it in a stipulated time; in maximizing time you can only focus on the tasks which really matters and make some difference. I learned it hard way by trying different things and moving towards maximizing time than from managing it. Time really is money and here are the four simple changes in my daily life which helped me to have more time or let’s say money.

  1. Conscious of my thoughts

We are always thinking but we may not be aware of this endless thinking. Some of these thoughts are useless and unimportant but leave us tired and exhausted at the end of the day. But think of energy which can be saved if you could reduce the number of thoughts. By slowing down the stream of thoughts and practising to remain aware of what I am thinking, I was able to focus my mind on work and what I want to achieve without being distracted. This has given me inner peace, calmness and happiness resulting in better efficiency and productivity

2. The Power of Elimination: Deleted apps from my phone

This one is most important, and as crazy as it may sound but I have deleted all the apps from my phone with the exception of 4 or 5 apps. Identifying what was consuming my time has helped me to save lot of extra time. After deleting 33 apps like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Flipkart, Grofers, Truecaller, etc., I realized that these app never even mattered. I was spending my time watching random videos on Snapchat, reading articles on Scoopwhoop, Buzzfeed from my facebook newsfeed and checking where my order has reached on Flipkart. Though all these things were good for those 3–4 minutes but were not changing my life. Now I am not only saving almost 20 of those 3–4 minutes of the day, I am able to think more of work.

3. My Secret Weapon : Procrastination

Procrastination was the secret weapon I always had with me but never used it to my advantage. When I noticed my pattern of procrastination, I realized I can work under very tight deadlines, at much higher efficiency, at a faster speed and with great energy. And while doing all this I am laser-focussed towards completion of task. Now, my to-do list only includes the most important tasks and rest of them goes into procrastination list. For to-do list, the only deadline is NOW.

4. Prioritize work for the next day before going to bed

Writing out my to-do list the night before has really helped me in reducing anxiety. I often end up in bed thinking about what I need to do tomorrow and planning my day, which makes it difficult to sleep. Writing out my to-do list before I go to bed helps me to relax and sleep better. And rather than wasting time in the morning because I don’t know what to work on first, I can jump straight into work the next day.

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