Maximizing Time

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated June 13, 2014)

Perhaps one of the most annoying things in the world is to find yourself at the end of the day, still wishing you had a little extra time to get your work done. While it is literally impossible to create more time in the day, it is entirely possible to maximize the time you have available in the day. Maximizing time isn't particularly difficult, though it does require some creative thinking, and a little effort on your part. Here are a few methods that you can use to ensure that you have a little more time throughout the day.

  • Create a task list. At the start of your day, begin a task list. This task list should be of things that you need to accomplish during the day, and projects that you are working on. However, when you are doing this, be realistic and understand your limitations. Set realistic goals as to what you can, and cannot accomplish during the day. Do not make the list so big that you will never be able to accomplish it all. If necessary, set some of the tasks over for another day for you to complete.
  • Work when others rest. Often it is best to do your work when others rest. You can do this by getting up a little bit earlier, or staying up a little bit later. It is absolutely amazing what you can accomplish when no one else is around to distract you.
  • Find a rhythm. Everyone's bodies have their own natural clocks, and rhythms that they work to. Some people are early risers, and others are night owls. Figure out which you are, and when you are the most productive. Rearrange, or change, or nudge your schedule so that you can accomplish your work better. For example, if you happen to work best on a Thursday evening, then schedule your toughest tasks for that time.
  • Don't be afraid to take a break. Perhaps one of the most difficult things to learn when maximizing your time is learning when to take a break. Many times people think that you need to continue working, non-stop, until you finish whatever task is on hand. While there are times when this method does work, there are other times when it is more of a hindrance. If you find yourself seriously losing focus, then take a break from that particular task. Instead, switch your focus to another task that needs to be accomplished. This way you can give your brain a rest from whatever was putting it to sleep, and still get some work done.

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Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

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