It’s crazy isn’t it? Wanting to gather together the result of 72 hours (i.e. three days) in just 24 hours (one day) .Much like money, time is both valuable and limited; you need to protect it, spend it more wisely also use it to get better result. Sometimes you wish you had more time but you only get 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, 86,400 seconds each day. The truth is you cannot manage your time. It’s impossible. All you can do is to manage the events and activities that run through your time so you can get better result; even better result that is worth more than your time. That is possible.
Below are my amazing steps to get 72 hours result in a day.
1. Start Getting Spiritual
What do you do to nourish your soul daily! I strongly believe we all need some form of spirituality to stay inspired daily!
Dedicate time to feed your spirit; it is as simple as feeding yourself with some positive spiritual messages, going through some meditations, taking some Ayahuasca prayers, yoga or some other spiritual practices. Whatever fits your belief, just do it.
2. Be Yourself; Be Proud To Be You.
Many of us spend a lot of time thinking about the things we have done wrong, the mistakes we had made and how we have not achieved our set goals. However, despite having inevitable flaws, there are so many reasons we need to be proud of our self. Sometimes when you feel demotivated, a second’s boost of self-confidence could help. The positive beliefs you hold about yourself, your talents and your accomplishments, gives you this strong confidence and desire to work more and get even better result. Don’t give any chance to negative thoughts; comparing yourself to others is a common type of negative thinking, it brings you down and makes you feel sorry for yourself. Therefore, zero self-comparison, zero self-pity, find things to be grateful and be proud to be YOU.
3. Get Yourself In The Right State Of Mind
Right! What state of mind is truly right for me!
Let me ask you a question: Have it ever occurred to you that, before you carry out a particular task, you say to yourself “I can never achieve this”: Where you able to put in your best? I highly doubt it.
When it comes to being at our best, the right state of mind is crucial. Don’t for any reason accommodate self-negativity in your mind; feed your mind always with positive thoughts and reasoning’s. “For as a man thinketh in his heart so is he” – Proverbs 23:7
Before assumption of any task always make sure you set yourself in the right state of mind, it makes you feel comfortable at whatever you are doing, which turbo charge’s your progress “How noble and good everyone could be, if every evening before falling asleep, they were to recall to their minds, the events of the whole day and consider exactly what has been good and bad; then without realizing it, try to improve themselves at the start of each new day” – Anne Frank
4. Be Creative
“Insanity; doing the same thing over and over again, then expecting a different result” – Albert Einstein
Do the less ordinary and you get less ordinary result. Do the ordinary and you get the ordinary result. But it takes doing the extraordinary, to get an extraordinary result. Knowing full well that getting a 72 hours result in just 24 hours is extraordinary. So you just have to go beyond the ordinary. Come up with a new and uncommon approach to your work. To do that, we often need to look at the task differently; once you have explored new angles of a task, either functional or strategic, you will see some new things, which will set you upon the road of creativity.
5. Be Organized
“Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work.” – Gustave Flaubert. Organized doesn’t just mean tidy. The purpose of organization is to be able to find, exchange and evaluate items quickly. However, organization can also help keep them tidy, by providing quick logical space for removing things.
To achieve better results in lesser time, you have to put things where they belong. Know what you need, know what to do, know when to do it and avoid the stressful situation of not knowing what needs to be done.
Organization resets the mind, and keep the mind in its right state and remember the right mind leads to better productivity.
6. Prioritize work that is ‘important but not urgent’
“The principle of priority states (a) You must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important (b) Do what is important first” – Steven Pressfield.
Realize the task that needs your immediate attention (important). Do it with all consciousness, because your response to important task determines the kind of result you will get.
7. Specify The Seconds To Spend A Particular Act/Task
Now that you have set your priority, and you have realized your important works, the next thing to do is to specify to yourself the seconds you want to spend on each important task. Research shows that specifying the time you will spend on a task in seconds, gives you an active mindset which will help you practically do more in your set limited time. (For example Do my house chores for which is = 1 hour.)
The truth is everyone uses his time, no one wastes it. The difference it some use it wisely, while others use it wrongly. Whichever way; time is being used. Don’t spend excess time on a task, set specifically the minutes you want to spend on that work. It helps keeps you on track to achieving better works at lesser times.
8. Be Disciplined
Setting reminder/ self-planner is one of the easiest things to do, but sometimes it becomes difficult to abide with: you took an hour break, to watch a movie around 3:00, when your alarm jingles by 4:00. Right then you realize the film is at its suspense filled scene. It takes only a disciplined self to cut off the movie and move back to work (remembering that you are still likely to take another break and you will go back to your movie)
Works will not materialize, life will not get organized, also better results will not be achieved if you lack self-discipline. Sat boundaries, control limits, most of all, rule over yourself. They help you achieve your desired positive returns.
9. Avoid Multitasking
Research proves that it takes more time to get tasks completed if you are doing two at a time than if you attend to them one after the other, that you also make more error.
Multitasking doesn’t actually safe time rather it drains time. Routine multitasking will lead to difficulty in concentrating and maintaining focus when needed.
Do your work; Do your work one after the other, it boosts your efficiency, and helps you get more works done.
10. Manage External Time Wasters
Your time may be impacted by external factors imposed by other people and
Things; the bottom line is that interruptions destroy your concentration. And loss of concentration = loss of creative work.
Family obligations, phone calls, mails and e-mails, unexpected visitors should be managed effectively.
11. Get Things Off Your Mind; Change Your Thoughts
So you’re sitting at your desk, trying to focus on a piece of creative work – but it’s hard to concentrate, there’s something nagging at your attention. Suddenly it pops into your mind. Then you realize that you are off; not in the mood to work again.
“We are our thoughts,
We cannot change or create anything
If we cannot change our thoughts”
Once you realize that you are already thinking about something totally different from your present works, draw back, try get it off your mind and then #8
12. Focus your Attention
Focus; “An act of concentrating interest or activity on something”. – Oxford Dictionaries.
Stay focused, stay concentrated to your present work, afford being overwhelmed by the thoughts of your future works; it affects you at present times, avoid irrelevances; it makes your eyes blocked up.
“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” – Paulo Coelho.
13. Be 100 Percent Committed To Present Works
“All I ever wanted really, and continue to want out of life, is to give 100 percent to whatever I’m doing and to be committed to whatever I’m doing and then let the results speak for themselves” – Jackie Joyner-Kersey.
Be fully committed to your present works, don’t get diverted, staying committed to present works only, turbocharges your productivity, helping you achieve that task faster giving you the privileged to move on to the next task.
14. Review Your Commitments
Obviously, there’s no point capturing all those to-do items unless you’re going to do something about them. Which means regularly review your commitments and
Decide what to do. How you do this and how often is up to you, but bear this in mind; Reviewing your list as often as possible;(a) helps you to make sure you actually do the tasks on your to-do lists (b) If you don’t review the lists regularly, you’ll soon stop trusting them and won’t be able to use them to get things done.
15. Have Everything You Need At Hand
Everything! I mean just everything. Standing up, moving out, or even making request for a material needed for the completion of your task drains time; the challenge we face most times is the challenge of lack of available resource. Try as much as you can to get everything you will need to complete your task at hand. When you have all required resources for your work at hand, it doesn’t just help safe time, it gives you a level of confidence to proceed with better works.
16. Delegate: Get Help from Others
Delegation means assigning a responsibility for a task to someone else; freeing up some of your time for tasks that requires your expertise
Now; let’s assume you tried all you can. But you just can’t get all the required resource for your work, the next thing to do is to Delegate; get help from others.
Identify the task that others can help you with, carefully select the appropriate and qualified person to carry out the task. When doing this, you need to be very specific; define the task you want the person to carry out, state your expectations also define the time at which you want the work to be done.
Gratitude gives you a strong immune and a high level of positive emotions.
Seriously; you really need to be grateful to those who helped you in performing some task especially when it’s being done to your expectation.
“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks
For everything that happens to you, knowing
That every step forward is a step toward achieving
Something bigger and better than your current
Situation” – Brian Tracy
Also; to reduce stress, you should reward yourself for a time management success. Take time to recognize that you have accomplished a major task or challenge; be grateful to self, before moving on to the next activity.
18. Stay Healthy
Emphasis are being made on living a healthy life. Live a healthy life, live a healthy life, live a healthy life.
The care and attention you give to yourself is an important investment of time. It’s is as simple as taking healthy/balanced meals, creating time to exercise, as well as setting aside time to relax or do nothing. It restores you both physically and mentally, helping you accomplish tasks more easily and quickly.
Author: Daniel Moayanda
Dan. is a young strategist, motivational writer and public speaker. He provides entrepreneurs with success strategies and backs it up with the right motivation needed to explore. He also writes about finding a way out of everything in general!