"Time’s of the essence."
"Time is more valuable than money."
"Time is the one thing you can never get back."
I could spend hours writing out even more “old sayings” that reemphasize the value of time, but that would end up being a waste of the very thing we’re here to talk about. Do you feel like you’d benefit from having about 6 more hours per day to get things done? Does your schedule feel more packed than I-95 North or a New York City metro car during rush hour?
If you can relate, these three actionable, time-saving tips just might be for you.
Turn off the push notifications on your phone.
App creators want you to use their apps. They want you to use them often. Successful apps have a bunch of ways to make sure they keep grabbing your attention. From social media platforms to professional tools to games, every different program on your smartphone is competing for your attention. One of the most effective ways that an app can grab your attention, over and over again? Push notifications. That constant stream of notifications that pop onto your phone screen. Great for apps, potentially terrible for your attention span.
Do you need most of these notifications? Most likely not. Will they still distract you? Potentially. I have the attention span of a gerbil, so I’ll readily admit that they pull me away from whatever I’m working on. I decided to turn off all the push notifications on my phone. Anything urgent in life that comes up with family? That will merit a phone call. You can remember to check your email every few hours. Everything else? All the social media and game notifications? Those can wait. You’ve got more important things to do.
Don’t feel obligated to do everything that’s asked of you.
You’re not God. You’re probably not even Morgan Freeman. You can’t add more hours to the day. If you’re saying “yes” to one thing, you’re oftentimes saying “no” to an array of other things. There are exceptions. Sometimes you can actually multitask effectively. That being said, it’s important to think about your time and attention as extremely finite resources.
Consider the requests that people make of you in that light. Are the things that you “feel” like you should be doing truly essential? Are these things taking away time that you need to accomplish more important tasks? Ask yourself these questions before you say “yes,” and don’t be afraid to decline if you need that time for more important things.
Plan out your day the night before.
Have you ever woken up, only to feel overwhelmed before you can even get out of bed? That feeling can be paralyzing. It can change your mentality from being ready to attack the day, to simply hoping you get through it. That feeling oftentimes leads to lethargy, indifference, and pessimism. You can’t afford to give in to that feeling.
One of the best ways to make sure you wake up feeling confident in the morning is to set aside time to plan ahead the night before. Get a small notebook and write down your priorities for the next day every night. Not only will this allow you to get a feel for how your next day will flow, it will make you feel more in control and confident when it's time to execute.
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