Time management techniques to substitute hard work with smart work

New York Times Magazine

How does one manage his or her time in our fast-paced world when things happen all the time? As you attempt to attend a meeting, respond to phone calls and messages, prepare for the next task on your list, manage people, etc. at work, you could already have plenty on your plate. If the daily commotion has you wondering how to organize your time, we can offer some advice.



Let's start by acknowledging that there isn't a single quick trick, advice, or tactic that can transform you overnight into a super-organized powerhouse. Your capacity for time and attendance management is a process that has to be regularly evaluated and adjusted. Even as you attempt to handle multitasking, it needs to become a way of life.

Time management may be challenging for certain people for the following reasons:

  1. Constantly worrying about the future
  2. A lack of drive
  3. Being busy rather than productive
  4. Not being an expert with your tools and talents
  5. Not managing distractions
  6. Being unable to handle stress
  7. Not bringing technology with you
  8. Not conserving mental energy


Among the suggestions for better time management are:


1. Exercise emotional restraint
Try understanding and managing your current emotions. Frequently, unpleasant emotions keep us from starting a project at all. Keeping a good outlook on your work and committing to being reliable and focused are the first steps in time management. Here's a fast trick for staying focused.

2. Make sensible objectives
When we set objectives for ourselves that occasionally appear unrealistic, unpleasant feelings might arise. Focusing on little, attainable goals rather than big ones would be the best course of action under such circumstances. This would enable us to divide our objectives into more manageable chunks and make it simpler to concentrate on them.



Build day-specific goals instead of weekly ones and utilize those as motivation. More than anything else, action is what motivates people. Taking the initial step will give you greater momentum to continue.

3. Avert procrastination.
Procrastination is mostly caused by a lack of emotional control. By becoming more conscious of our emotions, we can regulate what and how we do things.

4. Work carefully
The adage that clever work is more significant than diligent labour is accurate. Your productivity won't grow if you work constantly. What counts is getting the most done in the least amount of time.

5. Place priorities
You may effectively set your priorities by getting rid of the less important tasks and assigning each one a time limit.

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