“Time na money”
The statement above is a popular Nigerian adage that is absolutely true.
Effective time management is one of the most important things in life. Time management is relevant in every aspect of life, from your home management to the corporate world. If you do not manage your time properly, there is no way you can reach your goals in life when you want to.
Time is the same for everyone, no matter your age, gender or religion. So many people may wonder how some successful people find the time to achieve so much and yet have everything balanced. Well, I assure you, it’s not because they have 30 hours in a day, it’s because of proper and effective time management.
How to manage your time properly? Here are the top 7 ways successful people do it:
- Setting goals
Put down what you want to achieve. Make a set of goals or where you want to be at the end of a stipulated time in your life. Don’t just set these goals anyhow, make sure you have powerful drive for them and achieving them matter to you deep down.
- Using the Quadrant method
This is a type of activity chart. It entails splitting your activities under four headings based on urgency and importance. The 4 headings to classify them under should be Urgent,Important, Both and Neither. With this, you can know which activity to focus more time on.
- Planning Ahead
Planning how to spend the day greatly helps you effectively manage the 24 hours you have in the day. Whenever you plan your day, make sure you evaluate yourself at the end of the day and see how you can spend less time on less important things.
- Dropping bad habits.
Habits are major time consumers. It is even worse when those habits are bad. If you find yourself wasting valuable time by indulging in that unproductive habit every day, then it’s time to change it.
- Knowing how to say NO
While trying to manage your time properly, you may be tempted to take on more things that will scatter your plan, this is when you should know how to say NO. Maybe you have planned to do that research tonight then your friend offers to buy you six bottles of your favorite drink, as tempting as it may be, the best thing for you to say is NO. Not every time at least!
- Turning Off your Social Media notifications
One of the major time wasting activities nowadays is spending time on social media. Except you are using it for something productive, learn to turn off your social media notifications. This will help you focus on the more important things around you and help you channel more time in achieving your goals.
- Being Organized
Don’t leave everything around you in a clutter. Disorganized areas disrupt focus. Lack of focus leads to time wastage. It’s a vicious cycle. Learn to keep your work or living ares more organized for effective time management.