How to Master Time

How cool would it be if we had a “Time Gem” that guaranteed us complete  omnipotence over time? We could do all almost all of our tasks in just a second and have the rest of the day free so we could enjoy it.

Unfortunately, our current understanding of time and space does not allow us to have control over it, so we must do what we always do (or should) and do the best we can with what we have.

So today we are going to learn how can we master the 24 hours.

First of all, whether we give a currency value to it or not, time is the most valuable thing we have. You probably have and idea of how much you are payed by the hour right? That’s the how much you and the company or person paying you agreed to. An hour of your work is worth X.

The problem is when you are given a task to complete, and you estimate it will take you 5 hours to complete, but it ends up consuming 10 hours of your day.

So what happened?

Did the task revealed to be harder than you believed, or did you spend half of the time on YouTube, checking emails, etc?

Maybe you could have done it in 4 hours if you were 100% focused to begin with. Master your time and you will be able to accomplish more with less effort, improve your decision-making ability, learn the importance of self-discipline, and overall getting better at everything you have to do.

Now that you know the importance of time management, let’s see some tips on how to actually accomplish it.

1 – Organise

Start by organising your workplace, and your schedule. It’s very important you feel 100% comfortable when doing your work, so if it’s a desk make sure you have everything as you need and then, organise your schedule. There are a lot of apps that can help you with this. I use TimeTune (Android only) and Google Calendar. Using these apps helps me a lot for remembering everything I need to do and when to do it.

2 – Set Goals Correctly

If you are like me, you there’s one billion things you want to do in one day, but that’s just not possible. When preparing your schedule make sure you do the highest priority tasks first.

3 – Set a timer

For me, I could be coding 24/7, and I would never be able to finish because there’s always a new app or feature to develop, but there are other things that I need to do like writing this blog post or go to the grocery store. Setting timers (again, the apps help a lot) helps me not to get “distracted” with the time flying by and suddenly, the grocery store is closed.

4 – Take breaks

I’ve lost count how many times I got stuck on a task, and then finding the solution during my relax time.

“I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.”

Albert Einstein

5 – Remove unnecessary tasks

Unnecessary tasks are real killers of your time, creativity and flow. Identify them and either remove them or do them at the end of the day.

If you start filling your day with punny tasks, you will have no time for what really matters to you.

6 – Plan the next day

I started doing this recently and it’s unbelievable the difference it makes. I realised that if I didn’t prepare for the next day, it would take me more 1-2 hours to start doing the things that I needed to do.

“When we say yes to something means that we say no to something else.”

Let’s see a screenshot of the TimeTune app I’m using and how usually my days go.

Starting at 6:30, I get up and get ready to leave the house. If it wasn’t for step 7, It would take me about an hour more. 

After that I go to the Gym and then I head to work where I spend most of my day. The 11 hours include getting there and then head back home up until I start the next task which is get the food ready for the next day.

After that I have 2 hours where I do whatever I feel like it, it could be watching some series, gaming, coding or some kind of nerdy research (somehow. I always end up watching some Elon Musk, space and quantum computing videos).

So that’s how I try to manage my time.

Obviously there are always things we can’t predict, sometimes it goes better than expected and other times not really, but it’s important we make a clear and feasible schedule and do our best to accomplish everything we have planed, one day at a time.

Now you know how to be like Dr. Strange and control time at will.

Thank you for reading and until next time.

Further readings:
Nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week
Habit – One superpower to rule them all
How to increase productivity and make out of your day

Photo by Mike from Pexels

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