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Ten Time Management Mistakes

Ten Time Management Mistakes

Ten Time Management Mistakes

Here are the ten most common time management mistakes and how to fix them.

  1. Not being clear on what you are trying to achieve.
  2. Avoiding tasks, or people, you don't like.
  3. Trying to do two or more things simultaneously. Multitasking.
  4. Doing enjoyable, but trivial things, instead of doing the more difficult, important things.
  5. Being easily distracted by other people.
  6. Leaving things until they are urgent and then doing them in a rush.
  7. Being disorganised and / or untidy.
  8. Running out of energy, due to bad nutritional habits.
  9. Running out of energy, due to bad sleep habits.
  10. Complaining. Bitch, moan and whinge.

The solution to these problems is their contrary actions. That means the following:

1. Be clear about what you are trying to achieve.

Don't drift through the day. Before you start, be CLEAR upon what you are trying to achieve. Set clear and specific goals. Do everything you can to make progress in the direction of your goals.

2. Don't avoid tasks you don't like.

Instead, ATTACK the tasks you don't like. Time managers will "bite the bullet" and do things they don't enjoy doing. Time managers know the following statement is true: NO PAIN, NO GAIN.

3. Don't try to multitask.

Multitasking creates a split focus. You need to focus your mind onto the task at hand.

Prioritise your tasks into a logical sequence and then concentrate on ONE task at a time, with 100% of your mind power. That way, everything will seem easier and will be done better.

4. Don't judge tasks by their likeability.

Instead judge tasks by how much they empower you towards the achievement of your goals.

5. Don't be easily distracted.

Develop the art of mental concentration and focus. Imagine your mind is like a lens that takes energy and concentrates it onto a single point.

6. Don't leave things until they become urgent.

Do your preparation IN ADVANCE OF NEED. Prepare for exams before you need to. Look after your health before you need to. Look after your relationships before you need to. Do things BEFORE they NEED to be done. Do things in advance of need and you will always be ahead of the game, relaxed and efficient.

7. Don't be untidy.

Put things back in their proper places, immediately after use. Many hours are lost looking for things that cannot be found. This sorry state can be avoided by imposing order on chaos.

8. Don't run out of energy because of bad nutrition.

Eat well and regularly. Keep off the trashy foods. Never skip meals and don't over-eat. Eat small quantities of high quality foods.

9. Don't run out of energy because of bad sleep habits.

Go to bed early, at regular times. Give yourself 7-8 hours of good sleep every day.

10. Don't waste your time complaining about other people, "the system" or the sorry state of the world.

Instead of complaining, set your goals and make YOUR world a better place.

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