Yes, there are only 24 hours in a day... and yes, you're going to spend about 8 of those hours sleeping. But what about the rest?
If you're like most people, you probably feel like you never have enough time to get everything done. Whether you're working or playing, you probably wish you had more hours to take advantage of.
The good news? You've got more time than you think!
Believe it or not, you choose how to spend your 24 hours. You may not always be conscious of those choices, but they're there. So, by changing a few of them, you can get a whole lot more quality time out of your day.
But first, you've got to figure out where you're wasting time. Here's what you're doing instead of being productive:
1. Talking and thinking.
On the surface, this might not sound so bad. However, talking and thinking are complete time-wasters when you could be out there doing, instead!
What happens when you have to make a decision? Do you move forward quickly and confidently, or do you toss the options back and forth like a tennis match? Most of the decisions you make aren't worth all of the time you spend thinking about them. So, in the end, you've wasted a whole bunch of time!
How do you avoid falling into this trap?
Stop over-thinking. If you have to, set a timer, so you don't have a chance to over-think. If you feel like you've got to discuss the situation with someone else, pick one person (instead of talking to your entire circle of friends). That way, you can streamline the thought process.
2. Creating "time buffers".
If you think you can't move directly from task to another, think again! If you're one of those people who hops online to play a game in between tasks or watches some TV in between crossing items off your "To Do" list, stop. These "time buffers" are a complete waste of your time, and it only takes a couple of them to have you scratching your head at the end of the day, wondering where all of the time went!
Instead, go from task to task with purpose. If you make a conscious effort to keep track of your time, you'll be less likely to fall victim to "time buffers".
3. Not setting goals.
If you don't have a plan for the day, you're going to just drift along, wasting hours in the process. Always figure out what you want to accomplish when the day begins. Even if all you want to do is message some friends on Facebook and do some laundry, keep those goals in mind all day long. That way, you won't get to the end of the day and realize you wasted your time and didn't accomplish anything!
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