‘Work smarter, not harder’
January 02 2020 12:21 AM
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Hala Bader al-Humaidhi
Hala Bader al-Humaidhi

By Hala Bader al-Humaidhi

Time is one of the most important key to life’s stability and success. It’s up to you, utilise it or waste it. It doesn’t wait for anyone. We all have the same 24 hours a day but it is the time management that makes us either Albert Einstein or a common man.
Time management doesn’t denote to spending 18-20 hours of your daily life making it hectic and unbearable, it is about working smarter in less time. With efficient time management techniques, you can control your personal and professional life making it more positive, productive and stable. So, instead of blaming time, start focusing on your aims, skills and struggle to manage and employ your time. Life is short, ‘Work smarter, not harder’.
Learn and practice the art of managing time to yield positive impacts in your life. It will not only ensure a balanced personal and business life but it will also reduce your stress level and calm you down.
Following compilation of work management techniques can help you catalyse productivity in your life:


1. Audit your time:
Spend seven days to assess your work routine and record it in a diary or cell phone. Then have a short analysis of it stating whether you wasted your time or it was spent efficiently. This exercise will help you evaluate your good and bad habits. Then work to enhance your productive habits.


2. Set Goals: 
Set short and long term goals based on both your personal and business life. It will help you engage in specific activities which need to be done. 
Limit specific time to achieve those goals like the goal of losing weight or the goal of reaching a target at work. Your daily plan should revolve around your specific goal.


3. Follow a time management system:
Quadrant time management system is referred to as the most effective system. It splits your activities in four parts symbolising each quadrant based on urgency and importance of that activity. If a task falls in the category of urgent and important, spend most of your energy to accomplish it. Then, focus on activities that are important but not urgent. Third category includes urgent but not important activity. Last quadrant focuses on activities that you are supposed to stay away from like extra wasted time on social media and gaming. 
4. MITs technique: 
Doing Most Important Things first helps you to sail through the rest of the day. So try to complete your biggest task first. Usually it means to do your important tasks in the morning in order to have a smooth day ahead.


5. 80-20 Rule: It’s a trick to give your maximum time to those 20% of your activities that contribute in production of the 80% of results. So do less but have effective response.


6. Change your habits: Eliminate bad habits from your life and instill the habits that are efficient and productive. Focus on key stone habits like waking up early, having a walk, eating healthy and eating on time.


7. To-do list: Spend 10-20 minutes of your evening making a list of activities that you are supposed to do the next day. It is an effective way to see your goals moving towards victory. Daily goals are easy to achieve.


8. Organise: Not only organise your time but spend a little of your time on organising your surroundings. It inspires you to keep going.
Commit to your plans, eliminate the non-essentials, utilise your waiting time, focus entirely to the task at hand, have breaks and vacations and most importantly enjoy your goal!

*The author is a consultant in Public Relations and Personality Types. Instagram: @Tipsbyhalahill



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