BlogWednesday 23 Jul 2014

Why you don't need a Tardis to manage your time well

There are 24 hours or 1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds in a day. Despite the best efforts of Sci-Fi characters, such as Dr Who (travelling through time and space in his trusty Tardis) to convince us otherwise, it’s the same for everyone.

So why do some people achieve so much more with their time than others? 

You could argue that some people need just four hours rest a night, while others need twelve, therefore they have more time available…but… it’s not how much time you have, it’s how you use it that matters.

Paul Hudson says that ‘productivity is the key to success’ and ‘to be as productive as possible, you have to understand yourself, understand what you want and what you need (two different things) and build a routine that allows you to perform at your peak’.

You’ve gotta keep control of your time and you can’t unless you can say noWarren Buffet

Your relationship with time is like your relationship with people.  You need to invest in it to make the most out of it.

Warren Buffet, who (in case you didn’t know) is one of the world’s most successful investors, says ‘You’ve gotta keep control of your time and you can’t unless you can say no.  You can’t let people set your agenda in life’.

In order take control of your time, you need work out how you are spending your time now.

Keep a time log, even if just for a couple of days, so that, instead of wondering where your time went, you will know exactly how you ACTUALLY used your time. 

You will recognise what is wasting your time, and be able to put measure in place, quite quickly, to minimise it.

This is especially important if you are considering doing something new (such as a course of study) because, to be successful at it, you’ll need to be able to find enough time to do what needs to be done.

The best way to do this is to set a weekly routine (find a simple planner here) where you slot in times for any activities you do on a regular basis (it might be reading, sport, travel, cleaning, whatever) to establish how many hours you have available to dedicate to your new pursuit.

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Work out your what's taking your time and you're well on the way to managing it better.

Other things to think about, in terms of managing your time well, include: getting the right amount of rest and exercise; drinking plenty of water and eating well; and taking regular breaks.

Peter Voogd, in looking at the productivity tactics employed by the World’s most successful achievers, suggests the following to help you get more done every day:

  • start your day in a powerful way (with energy and strength),

  • fight distraction and

  • use rituals and routine on a daily basis to become more efficient.