Time management is less about time and more about attention.

Five elements dictate how well we cope with time: stress, energy, focus, consistency, and patience.

How To Time Management

When we are stressed about something, we will always perform poorly. We rush through things that deserve our attention and we waste a lot of time trying to fix our mistakes. We also produce poor quality work that lowers our credibility, and, over time, this can even ruin our reputation.

Alternatively, when we are calm, centered, and in control, we do high quality work in much less time.

When we are energetic, we can do amazing amounts of work. Unfortunately, we often tend to work when we are exhausted and keep enervating ourselves even more.

Conversely, by taking proper care of ourselves, eating six small meals a day, exercising at least 3 times a week, and getting enough sleep at the end of the day, we can recuperate from the rigors of the day.

When we are focused we can make amazing progress in the work that we do. The essential thing is to decide what to focus on, where to focus, and when to focus.

What to focus on depends on what is most important. Although it may seem that everything is pulling at us, demanding our attention, the only sensible way to do something is by priority.

Multitasking is a quick way to become quickly exhausted, confused, and unproductive. Only focused work produces valuable, sustained results. Our best work comes when we do one thing at a time.

It's not only important to focus on what we want to do, it's also important to decide which work is the best to do. By paying attention and organizing by priority, we make time management much easier.

Where to focus also matters. We have to choose the best environment for our work. The worse the environment, the less conducive it is to concentration, the more time we will waste in dealing with the aggravation.

In addition, when to focus is something to consider. People have different biorhythms. Some work best during the mornings. Others work best in the afternoons and in the evenings. And some are night owls. We should adjust our work to fit our biorhythms.

Next, consistency has a huge impact on productivity. Accumulative effects define our results. What are we being consistent in? Are we consistently picking the easy way and sabotaging our progress or are we consistently acting in a disciplined way and supporting our goals.

Finally, we can improve time management through patience. Every process takes time to begin, evolve, and mature. By bailing out of a process because results are not happening quickly enough we waste time. Before getting into something, we must have a realistic idea of how long it takes to get measurable results.

Five Steps to Easy Time Management

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