If you want to be happy, you better learn the art of managing your time well. We as a species have been doing it since our first steps on this planet. This 24 hour day system is one such perfect example that we all follow. It is not just a random number that some of us chose but it has scientific explanations to it that we all follow it for.
Don’t let your desires, responsibilities and stress bring you down. Instead, why don’t you take the control of your time.
Here are 5 simple hacks you can include in your lifestyle and savor their sweet results. Remember, you will only find them useful once you start practicing them.
1. Two Minute Rule
If it takes less than two minutes to complete, then do it now. Next time you get a task while you are busy working on another one, just think about the fact that if you could finish the new one in 2 minutes or not and if it is that urgent. If yes, do it, if not, leave it for later.
It could be anything like taking out the garbage, sending that important email, washing your dishes immediately after your meal and so on.
2. One Hour Rule
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This rule says whatever you are doing, do it with all your attention for next one hour, without getting into any type of distraction. The main advantage of this technique is that you have a decent output at the end of that one hour. You have a result of your work done that will make you feel like you have taken full advantage of your time. This constant and quick result helps your mind stay motivated and light.
You can divide work hours into 1-hour sessions and take advantage of this wonderful technique.
3. Sync With Your Circadian Clock
It simply means syncing your work structure with your body clock. Not everybody’s internal clock is set for a 9 to 5 routine.
Suppose your peak energy working hours may start from 9 to 12 and then your energy starts draining at about 3 o’clock in the afternoon. It may again reach its maximum around 6 pm. So, if this is how you find your circadian clock working, then why not align the most important and difficult tasks with your maximum energy output? That means, take on such tasks early in the morning or around 6 pm. Just start observing your energy levels and you will be able to track your circadian clock.
4. Pomodoro Technique
A technique developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980’s to help you focus your attention over a short period of time. Pomodoro is an Italian word for tomato and is called so because Francesco used a tomato-shaped timer while practicing this technique. Traditionally, the timer is set to 25 minutes, but you may vary it slightly according to your needs. Now, once the timer starts ticking, you are not allowed to sneak off to web surf or chat on the phone. So, the thought is, for those 25 minutes you need to focus on the process and not on the product. You will be tempted by distractions but you will be pleased with how easy it is to get your attention back.
5. Make A To-Do List
Just keep a mental reminder with yourself of an important task you need to complete the next day. You can do this just before you sleep and then make a to-do list when you wake up the next day for work. Note, that your to-do list should be very precise and practical.
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