My name is Justin Levine. I am a fitness coach, business owner, endurance athlete and motivational speaker. I love life and I enjoy sharing my experiences. I hope to inspire you through my blog.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time Management Strategies
"Time is more valuable than money. You can always make more money
but you can not make more time." Jim Rohn
a powerful quote this is. Time is a valued asset in one's life. Either
you utilize your time efficiently and wisely or you end up wasting your
time. Wasting your time means that your days become a blur. And if each
day is a small piece of your life, if they become a blur, your life can
Don't live like this!
Time can be on your
side and you can take full advantage of every minute you are awake by
becoming a better manager of your time...
Do not let days get by
without focusing on your productivity and time management. The superstar
entrepreneurs', the most successful leaders in world and the elites
know how to systematize their day in a manner of organization and
efficiency. The most productive people in the world get the same 24
hours in a day everyone else does. So why do they achieve more during
the day? It's because they are laser focused at creating an organized
game plan to operate their time in the most efficient way possible.
Below are strategies that the superstars of the world apply to assist them become great time managers.
1. Follow a schedule.
Your schedule is your order. Without an organized schedule, life gets
quite chaotic. With so many things to accomplish in a day, a schedule
gives you a layout or a game plan to follow so you can stay on track.
This schedule is not perfect. Of course things pop up that need
attention but overall this schedule keeps you on track throughout the
2. Add in your priorities.
Once you have your schedule, you need to write out all of your
priorities. Family life, work life, your health, your faith. What are
the major things in your life? Your major things need the most
attention. These things need to be added to your schedule first. If it's
important to you, then make it an appointment and do not miss this
3. Limit non-important activities.
If I were you, I would strip away anything that will not lead you to
your goals. Do a complete assessment of how you spend your time each
day. If you take 5 x 15-minute segments where you might waste time in a
day that adds up to 75 minutes a day, 525 minutes in a week, and 2,362
minutes in a month! That is a savings of 39 hours in a month! Little
savings here and there can add time to your days, which can equate to
more productivity and completion of your major tasks.
4. Become an early riser.
Several research studies associate waking up early with success. Waking
up 45 minutes earlier than you do now gives you more than 23 added
hours a month. That's almost an extra day! In this early morning time
you can plan and organize the day ahead, exercise, meditate, eat
breakfast, work on your personal growth and/or focus on your goals. All
of these tasks equates to a more optimistic way of life. The more
optimistic you are, the better chances at achieving ultimate success.
Just remember, the first week you do this, it will be uncomfortable. You
might not like it. But once you have created a habit and you have
following through for 45-60 straight days, it will become a natural part
of your life.
5. Get less sleep.
I am not saying sleep is unimportant. Sleep might be the most important
remedy for sustained energy, superior performance and vital cognitive
thinking. But 5-7 hours of quality sleep will do the trick. Notice the
key word, "quality". I would rather have someone sleep 5 solid hours
every night than 8 hours each night of tossing and turning. Your body
benefits from routine. Do your best to go to sleep around the same time
each night and wake up around the same time each morning. Do not watch
TV right before bed as this stimulates your brain and can keep halt your
sleep progress. Try listening to soothing music, read a book or spend
10 minutes of quiet time to help with your sleep patterns. This way of
living will give you more time and energy during the day so you can
charge after your goals and aspirations.
6. Learn to "empty your cup".
Take a coffee cup and start pouring water into the cup. When it is
full, continue to pour water into the cup. What happens? Yes, you are
right. The water just spews out of the cup and no more water can be
retained. Many people live their life this way. They go, go, and go
without "emptying out their cup". They become overwhelmed and stressed.
This leads to unproductive living. Recharging every 5-7 weeks with a
trip out of town or a couple days off of work will revitalize your
energy so you can come back and work at mastery levels and productivity.
From here on out,
eliminate the excuse of "I don't have time." This is a statement that
needs to be adjusted. Maybe you need to become a better time manager.
Always strive to develop
a better system to manage your time. This will lead to better
production, more focus on the major things and overall personal