Wednesday, May 20, 2020

How To Be More Productive With Time | Skills and Tips

Being productive with time can lead to wonders in your life. Learn these skills for effective and efficient time management and greater productivity.

How To Be More Productive With Time | Skills and Tips


How To Be More Productive With Time | Skills and Tips

Do you want to be productive with time? So does everyone, but you can't expect to be productive with time overnight.

It's the 21st century and one of the most important aspects of life is to manage time and cope up with it because                                                                      

  TIME=EVERYTHING.

How To Be More Productive With Time | Skills and Tips

You have 24 Hrs so does everyone, then why it is that some are successful and more productive with time than others?

What's the reason? 

Are they lucky or talented enough to be more productive? If not, then what's the reason behind their success?

The answer lies in Time Management and Being Productive. You've got 24 hrs and at the end of the day thinking where did all the time go without being productive? The simple reason is spending your day focusing on so many different activities.

So what is basically Time Management and Being Productive?

WHAT IS TIME MANAGEMENT AND BEING PRODUCTIVE?

Everyone has Time but no Time Management.
It's true that everyone has time but only a few know how to manage it.

It refers to the effective and efficient allocation of time to each specific activity that you perform. It helps you perform smart work rather than hard work. Proper utilization of time helps you to complete more tasks in less time.

Being productive refers to anything that adds quality to you, for instance, A is a content writer and can write 12 articles in a day but the quality of articles is not good. On the other hand, B is also a content writer and can only write 3 articles in a day but the quality of B's articles is much better than A's articles. 

In the above instance, we can see that latter is more productive than the former because of the quality and not quantity. 

Being productive is not related to quantity it's related to quality, it applies to every aspect of your life, from the workplace to a healthy lifestyle.

Focus on quality and not quantity. Eventually, you will be productive because it adds quality to you and your work.

ARE TIME AND BEING PRODUCTIVE RELATED?

Do you have time? 

Yes,

Are you productive? 

Maybe, Don't know. 

So you have time but not sure whether you are productive or not. 

The question here is 
Are Time and Being Productive Related? 

Yes, it is directly related because effective time management leads to greater productivity.

You may not be productive the entire day, that's why scheduling your time is important because it helps in reducing stress and anxiety and have a greater feeling of control if you plan your day, week and month strategically.

Certain advantages if you combine time and productivity strategically -
  • You will be more effective and efficient
  • You will be quality focused and not quantity focused
  • More tasks in less time
  • Improved lifestyle
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Less procrastination
  • Better growth and career opportunities
Not only advantages it has certain disadvantages too if not combined strategically -
  • Ineffective and Inefficient 
  • Develop a habit of procrastination
  • Imbalanced lifestyle
  • Less task more time
  • Quality of productivity reduces
  • Less growth and poor career opportunities

HOW TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE WITH TIME?

  • Plan and Proceed
  • Time Management
  • Focus on single tasking
  • Create a list of things that interests you
  • Consistency
  • Don't be afraid of failure
  • Grab Opportunities
  • Don't avoid hard work
  • Drop perfection
  • Prioritize tasks
  • Avoid distractions
  • Take Intervals
  • Get hold of everyday lessons
  • Remember to have a backup plan
  • Smart Work
  • Realize your productive hours

Plan and Proceed  

The first step towards being productive with time is to plan your tasks, prioritize them, and proceed.

Planning is important for an effective and efficient outcome, otherwise, you'll end up focusing on everything without any  productivity. Plan and prioritize your tasks and then proceed.

Time Management 

As discussed earlier why time management is important because it is directly related to being productive. Allot specific hours for each of your tasks and try to wrap up within the allotted time frame. 

Time is one of the most powerful elements in your life, it can lead you to great achievements and can bring you down to nothing. So use it wisely as it is the wisest counselor of all.

Focus on Single Tasking 

Focusing on everything leads to nothing. It is a fact that if you focus on multiple tasks at a time it will lead you to nothing because your concentration is switching between the two. 

Moreover, the energy drains, increases stress and the brain gets tired. Focusing on single tasking is one of the best habits you can develop.Can you multitask? Most probably yes, but the result will be neither efficient nor effective. 

For instance. writing an article while listening to a song can be done, but here's the drawback. The quality of the article will be poor and it won't be completed within the given time frame because the mind is diverted between two tasks. 

Create a List of Things That Interests You 

No gain if you indulge yourself in activities that you are not interested in, instead prepare a list of things that you are interested in. If you have a passion for photography, painting, writing, or vlogging go for it.

Is it possible to monetize my passion? Yes, it is possible, there are several websites and people out there who are ready to pay for your talent.

You may think about how I am being productive with this, let me tell you something. If you are good at paintings it shows that you have passion and talent. Now here's the key, have you ever thought of turning your passion into profit? 

For instance, if you are a good photographer there are websites that pay you when someone buys your image. If you are good at writing there are people and companies that pay you to write articles for them. Your talent is of great worth, so start extracting the best productivity out of it instead of wasting it.

Consistency  

In order to complete a task or achieve success, consistency is one of the major elements. A perfect physique can only be achieved if you are consistent in the gym, alternate or uneven workout won't lead to a perfect physique

Therefore in order to be more productive with time and have consistent results for long term, Be Consistent

It's been rightly said by Anthony Robbins 
        "It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives.

Don't Be Afraid of Failure  

Most of you don't perform tasks or grab opportunities because of fear of failure, it is the main reason for failures. On the path towards success, failure is a part of it so instead of running from it have to confidence to face the failure, and, eventually you will overcome your fear as well as failure.

Grab Opportunities 

You are surrounded by opportunities, everyday is a new day with a whole new bunch of opportunities but the fact is that you either ignore it or don't grab it because it requires hard work, consistency, or fear of failure

In order to grab opportunities everyday stay flexible to change, learn whatever and whenever you get a chance, be proactive, and keep trying until you reach your goal.

Don't avoid Hard Work  

Hard work is something that everyone fears. The pain that you experience today, tomorrow's success will heal it.  Keep digging in when things become harder and master yourself not to quit. Keep going and the hard work you put in today will eventually lead to success tomorrow.

Drop Perfection 

Don't aim for perfection in the beginning rather start working to the best of your ability. Perfection won't be achieved overnight it requires hard work, consistency, and focus. When you grab an opportunity if you focus on perfection you'll land up messing everything up

Instead, focus on completing the task within the given time frame which will gradually make you perfect in your tasks.

Prioritize Tasks 

It's really important to prioritize your tasks because if not prioritized you will end up trying everything without being productive and miss important tasks.

Categorize your tasks as urgent and important and work accordingly, as a result, you will be more effective and efficient in completing your tasks.

Avoid Distractions 

Taking 2 hours to complete a 30 mins work and getting stressed out, the reason being distractions. Avoiding them can make you complete more tasks in less time without being anxious or stressed outIn order to avoid distractions follow these steps-
  • Set yourself in a comfortable and tidy environment
  • Get away from social media
  • Keep mobile away while working
  • Don't sit long hours and take sufficient breaks
  • Create positive vibes

Take Intervals 

As discussed above, in order to avoid distractions take intervals. It is necessary to regain energy and feel active while working, taking sufficient breaks will benefit you by focusing and  maintain consistency on tasks when you are stressed out.

Get Hold of Everyday Lessons 

Learning everyday is important as each new day comes with a new chapter to your story and teaching long term lessons. If you start working on a task but not learning from the mistakes you made in the previous task, you land up committing the same mistakes again.

Learn everyday as it gives you an insight into the mistakes you commit and learning from your mistakes is a great way to develop yourself.

Smart Work 

Strategic time management leads to smart work, so what is smart work? It means completing more tasks in less time. It is really important because when you are familiar with your tasks, instead of doing hard work and spending long hours you can use shortcuts to complete the same task in less time.

But never run away from hard work, it is the foundation towards your success. Switch to smart work when you get familiarized with your tasks.

Realize your Productive Hours 

Are you an early bird or a night owl? Find out your productive hours, not everyone is productive early morning some are fond of working late at night. Both night owl and morning bird are having their own pros and cons.

So identify your hours when you are more effective and efficient.


CONCLUSION

It's been rightly said that 
We kill time. We save time. We rob and get robbed of time, we lose time, and we have all the time in the world. But no one of us is powerful enough to stop the march of time or slow it down.


Leo Tolstoy once said that -
  "The two most powerful weapons in life are Time and Patience."

We need to indulge this quote in our life's, it's important because by managing time efficiently doesn't mean we can be productive overnight. Your development, productivity, success is not an overnight process, it takes time to accomplish, for that Patience is the key we need to have.
Life is too short to be wasted, it is lost minute by minute, so get yourself to work and achieve what you were meant to be. 


What was your experience with Time Management and Productivity? Are you being productive with time? Let me know about your experiences!








Leon George

Author & Editor

Leon George is the founder of The FinerVersion, a Content Writer and a Blogger.

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