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Managing time is easier with these 5 tricks

It is important to know that many of these alternatives go hand in hand with creating habits that make us more effective .

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We summarize a series of practical tips to learn to manage time according to your needs. Photo: Unsplash

LatinAmerican Post | Ana Victoria Servigna

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Organizing your work and making the most of your time is a difficult challenge for some. We can even come to think that the day does not have enough hours to fulfill all of our tasks. However, with good time management, daily activities can be carried out more comfortably.

Learning to manage time should be a positive process, without becoming more stressful. For this, it is necessary to establish guidelines and a routine that adapts to certain lifestyles, taking into account the quarantines that are still present in many countries.

The subject is very broad and there are multiple methods, resources, and areas to consider. It is important to know that many of these alternatives go hand in hand with creating habits that make us more effective. To achieve this, we summarized a series of practical tips to learn to manage time according to your needs.

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Setting objectives and prioritizing time organization requires a personal analysis not only of a person's work or academic environment but also of their strengths and weaknesses. Applying these habits to our daily routine can have a positive impact on a person's physical and psychological well-being, and improve their performance in different aspects of their life, including extracurricular activities and free time.

In addition, one of the great advantages of knowing how to manage time is that it allows you to have a relaxed mind since you have the feeling of having everything under control.

Clear objectives

Before creating a routine, it is essential to establish what are the objectives that you intend to meet, and ensure that these can be carried out during the day.

Having clear objectives allows you to plan hierarchically what you want to achieve. For example, when you focus on completing the most difficult activity first, you will have more calm to do all the ones that follow.

These two actions will make you more productive and help you manage your time effectively.

Find the best method to organize yourself

A list of notes on a planner, mini sheets taped to a wall, or smartphone apps, can be useful time management tools.

Relying solely on our mind is not the best option. Therefore, it is essential to choose the method that best suits us. For some people, taking notes helps to create retention, while for others having an automated system is easier.

It can be difficult at first, in case you are not in the habit. However, learning and incorporating it into your day to day will bring multiple benefits.

Avoid distractions

Staying away from simple distractions encourages concentration on a task, thus allowing it to be completed faster. Currently, the use of social networks tends to take more time than it should. Even working in a traditional work environment like an office, we are tempted to use our cell phones to dig into the networks. Ideally, avoid it as much as possible. You have to close unnecessary tabs on computers and keep phones quiet.

Distractions are likely to be more present than ever during a quarantine. Another recommendation would be to choose a workplace away from noise and cozy enough.

Try to reduce decisions.

Although this step may seem extremely complicated, analyzing situations to avoid making mistakes is an effort that must be made. As the day progresses, the number of decisions may decrease, thus leaving more mental space to fulfill the most relevant tasks. 

Value sleep hours as an engine to manage time.

An essential step to be active during the day. The average human being needs about eight hours of sleep for his body and mind to function at their best. When you work, your brain constantly accumulates information, and while you sleep, the whole process changes and collects all that information and organizes it.

These tricks also go hand in hand with the new reality focused on teleworking and restrictions in social life. Learning to manage time can mean success in the workplace, in interpersonal relationships, and even in our moments of rest.