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Time Management Ideas for Greater Efficiency and More Free Time

Time Management Ideas for Greater Efficiency and More Free Time

Most of us struggle to get our to-do lists done while still having some free time for ourselves. Sometimes it feels like there are just not enough hours in a day to get everything done. If you are feeling overwhelmed and feel as though you don’t have enough hours in the day, check out these time management ideas to boost your efficiency and get more out of the day:

1. Take a look at your typical day. Try a new exercise routine and record your activities for a short period of time for three days in a row. You can use a spreadsheet to easily track the amount of time you spend on each activity. Categories of activities you record may include work, sleep, eating, and meal preparation. Once you have recorded your normal activities for three days, you will be able to see what is taking up the most of your time. Some activities are unavoidable – like working, eating and sleeping -- but you may be surprised to find extra time slots that you didn’t realize you had.

2. Make time for breaks. If you engage your brain in a challenging activity such as work or study for an extended period of time, your brain will start to tire and efficiency will decrease. Believe it or not, it is actually better to schedule time for breaks, stop working completely and give your brain a break. A general rule of thumb is to focus on something for a period of about 50 minutes, and then take a break for about 5-10 minutes.

3. Prioritize. Why work on tasks that don't need to get done immediately when there are more important things you need to focus on? It is essential to prioritize your activities so you are able to complete the most pressing and important tasks first. Keep in mind deadlines so that you are not rushing to get things done at the last minute.

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