Effective time management is more about how to work smarter, not harder.
We are living in a fast-paced world. With so much happening at once, staying focused on our aspirations is quite challenging. In this competitive environment, success is tied to the smart work you put in amidst all the distractions around you. You have to adapt fast to achieve your goals.
When you take a smart approach to your tasks, you tend to experience more joy since you achieve more with your sharp efforts and in a quick time. The smart working methodology also gives you time to discover new perspectives, giving you a deeper understanding of your goals.
The 5 tips shared below will enable you to work more efficiently and enhance your time management skills:
1. Reduce Distractions
A study from Simon Fraser University found when people begin to manage and reduce distractions around them, they get better with their focus. Reduce distractions, and you will be able to remember what you have read or learned. Better concentration levels further reduce the chances of committing mistakes. Start managing distractions now in the following ways:
● Turn off your phone or keep at a distance
● Switch off your notifications; check them only after a set period
● Find a quiet, comfortable place free of acoustical and visual distractions
● Schedule blocks of quiet time for uninterrupted focus
2. Stabilise Your Focus
Smart work requires focused effort and an optimum absorption level in your task. With so much information coming at us from everywhere all the time, giving deep attention to tasks becomes essential. Once you reduce the distractions around you, practice mindfulness by giving your full attention to a task. You will be able to achieve more effectiveness and efficiency in your tasks. You can strengthen your focus with the following tips:
● Set an alarm and define a time frame for your tasks, so you can get time to focus
● Priorities tasks that stimulate you to avoid getting bored easily
● Take a streamlined approach to doing your tasks, so you can stay more focused.
3. Seek Diverse Experiences
One of the most effective ways to get smarter in your work is by exposing yourself to varied, interesting and unexpected scenarios. Research at Ohio State University found when people were exposed to new experiences regularly, they began to embrace further information or tasks with a warm attitude and processed it more effectively. Keep seeking diverse experiences to expand your ability to perceive and retain new things.
4. Get Sufficient Sleep
One of the most ignored health aspects in modern times is getting enough sleep. Many researchers have found sleep a fundamental necessity to strengthen your focus. A study at the University of California found that during sleep, people build associations between unrelated items. Subsequently, creativity and problem-solving mindset develop further. When you begin to connect the dots toward new solutions, you become a smart worker.
5. Believe In Yourself
Believe in yourself. You may have heard that quote numerous times before. You should know we are capable of learning, developing, growing, and adapting for a lifetime. You can strengthen these traits throughout your lifetime. With a growth mindset, you can keep expanding your capabilities, and for that, you just have to "believe in yourself." Keep yourself open to new learnings to gain competence in new skills and eventually increase your confidence.
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Smita D Jain is a Certified Life Coach, Executive Coach and NLP Practitioner. Smita’s ‘Empower Yourself’ Personal Clarity Coaching Programs enable busy professionals unhappy in their jobs to tap into their passions and transform them into professions so that they work because they want to, not because they have to.
Prior to her journey as a coach, Smita had extensive experience of 14 years as a corporate and business strategy professional with Fortune 500 companies. She is also a speaker at various public forums, a published writer, and an Amazon bestselling author.
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