Whether you work a 9-to-5 job, freelance full-time, or run your own business, one thing is certain. You have many things to do, but not enough time.
That’s why time management is an essential ingredient for success today. If you can master it, you can get more done in less time with no stress or headaches.
There are many techniques and hacks to manage your time effectively. But what works best for someone else may not work best for you.
With that in mind, we’ve curated 3 core tips that will give you a solid foundation to build upon as needed.
Setting goals is easy. You’ve probably told yourself a million times that you’ll get in shape, read a lot, grow your business, and so on. But how many of those goals have you achieved so far?
If your answer is a grand total of zero, here’s the problem. You’re not failing at following your goals, you’re failing at setting the right goals.
Each of those goals is vague and impractical. There is no specificity, measurability, or time sensitivity. Here are better alternatives:
● Jog for 30 minutes and limit calories to 2,000 to reduce body fat by 5% in 12 weeks
● Read a book for 30 minutes each morning to finish 24 books in a year
● Answer one relevant question on Quora each day to double your customers in 6 months
Can you notice the difference? These goals are specific, measurable, and have a solid deadline so you always know where you’re headed and how far you’ve come.
That’s the beauty of strategic goals.
In the age of social media, everyone loves to multitask. Watching TV while writing a report is nothing out of the ordinary. Why spend 30 minutes on each when you can do both at once?
That’s the myth of multitasking. It’s scientifically proven that our minds can’t focus on two things at once. It’s just not possible. What happens is that we split our limited attention between each task, and as a result, end up focusing on neither.
The result? You stress out and get less done. That’s right. Multitasking can reduce your productivity by as much as 40%.
The next time you feel the urge to multitask, just don’t.
Time tracking is the foundation of effective time management. After all, how can you manage your time better if you have no clue where it’s going?
Just think about it for a second. There are 168 hours in a week. To read an average book of 80,000 words, you only need 5 hours or even less. So why is it that reading 52 books in a year seem like an impossible challenge?
The reason is simple. If you don’t know where your time is going, you’ll never have the time to do anything. That’s why tracking your time is not just important but necessary.
But that brings us to a common objection. Tracking time with spreadsheets or manual trackers takes too long. Does that mean tracking is counterproductive to your goal of saving time?
Not anymore. With Empoche, you get a sophisticated AI-powered system that automatically tracks your time and activities throughout the day and assigns them to relevant projects.
As a result, you get to see where your time is going and how you can take it back. No more wondering where the day went.
Download Empoche for free today and bring clarity to your schedule — without losing time to ancient methods of tracking.