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10 Daily Time Management Tips for Happiness and Success

Updated: Jan 25

Happiness is a state of mind. So is success. And lack of time management skills is the biggest impediment to developing a winner's mindset.

Personal Empowerment Life Coach Smita D Jain on Time Management for Happiness and Success

Far too many people waste time trying to buy happiness when it does not cost a rupee. Some people just wish and dream of a day when they’ll be able to afford the things they feel will make them happy and successful, like a new home, exotic vacations, and more. In comparison, others work to make their dreams come true.

Happiness is a state of mind. So is success. To get yourself into this state of mind, you have to develop daily habits that don’t hold you back but instead help you get more done during the day, meet obligations with ease, and lie down at night with a smile on your face because everything’s headed in the right direction.

The Obstacle of Time Management

The most significant barrier to feeling happy and successful is the lack of time to do all we want. Taking on too much at once can lead to a time crunch. So can procrastination. Many people make the business of not planning their time – especially if something isn’t scheduled or due right away.

It can be too easy to think that you have plenty of time, so you do something else first (or, if we’re honest, waste time on social networking sites). Then before you know it, you’re facing a deadline without being sure of having enough time to get it done.

10 Daily Time Management Habits of happy and successful people

The following tips will help you find more hours in the day and feel less overwhelmed by the tasks facing you:

1. Clarify your future

If you try to achieve something because everyone else is doing it without considering your happiness and success, it will be a long, hard struggle to get what you want – if you get it at all. Some people make plans well ahead of time, and others do it in smaller increments.

You might plan for something you want to achieve for happiness and success next month or the next day. But have an idea of how you want your day to unfold. Be specific, not vague – that way, you have a way to measure whether or not the day was a “win.”

Be very clear about your aims and ambitions, both short and long-term. Write them down. Once you know what you want to achieve (and why), it’s easier to decide what needs doing and plan accordingly.

2. Focus on your top priorities

You’ll be more productive and profitable if you identify and focus on the areas most important to you during the day. Work on the fundamentals first. The Latin word ‘fundamentum’ means foundation – so take action, build strong foundations, and the rest would follow.

You don’t want to tackle a big project all at once. It can lead to you feeling overwhelmed. The best way to handle this is to break down the project into mini tasks. Use a calendar or other means to divide a big goal into chunks, and schedule quiet time for working on these chunks. If you have a project that you know will take three months to complete, do a little bit of work on it each week. This way, you will know the top priorities for the week.