Do you ever think "I'm too busy and don't have enough time"?
You're not alone. Every single day millions of people have this exact thought.
I'm going to show you how to have the time of your life. Are you ready to shift your mindset?
Ok, let's go...
How you spend your time is how you spend your life. This is so important. You can always make more money. But, you cannot make more time. This is a fact because there are only 24 hours in a day. How can some people get so much done within this limited timeframe?
They are super-human, right? The answer is no. Simply, they are in control of their time and energy. A side benefit of successfully managing time is you'll become successful in business and life.
"Past, present and future is an illusion. Time and space is fluid" - Albert Einstein
Firstly, self-awareness is key. Identify where your energy levels are at particular times of day. For example, I'm a morning person. I love early mornings. My energy levels are ideal from 4:30am in the morning. I am most creative and get most of my work done between 4:30am and 11:30am. When are your energy levels at their most effective?
Secondly, time-scheduling and goal-setting are critical. What specifically do you want to get done, when and why? Where focus goes, energy flows. Your unique values and life commitments will decide this. Think long-term and strike a healthy balance between being focussed on your goals and living in the present. Now.
Ok, so you know your ideal energy limits, smart goals and you've scheduled dedicated time in your busy calendar. Now what? The Pomodoro Technique promotes most focus and creativity. You will finish projects faster with less mental fatigue. Plus, it's fun because you get rewarded for your productivity! It's free too.
Set a timer to 25 minutes (Your iPhone or Samsung device works)
Now get to work! Focus 100% on doing your best work without distraction. It's only 25 minutes.
When the timer (Pomodoro) rings reward yourself for your excellent productivity with a short break of 5-10 minutes. Go get a fresh coffee, meditate, go outside for a quick walk etc.
Repeat step 1. Then, after completing 4 sets of 25 minute pomodoro's take a longer break of 20-30 minutes.
With focused attention followed by short breaks your brain will be 'recharged' consistently. You are now using your energy effectively. Taking a longer break will help assimilate your brain with new knowledge.
Have fun practicing and you will have the time of your life.
By Adam Bowcutt Founder of XnForce™ BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology specialising in Social Psychology
PS. If you're thinking this is just too hard or "I can't do it" I recommend you read Why is it Important to Adopt a Growth Mindset?