How to prioritize and manage your time productively

How do you avoid daily pressures from getting the better of you? Do you put things off for later and make up by justifying that you work well under pressure or are you the type that plans to get things done timeously and avoid burning out?

Juggling a 9-to-5, studying, blogging, exercising, and the rest of life’s demands can be a hella lot sometimes. All these things demand your time; it often feels like there’s tons on your plate with just minimal time to execute. But this is not quite the case, is it? It simply boils down to how you prioritize and allocate your time.

I remember the previous semester I had written down way beforehand how I was going to navigate my studies and stuff, I had a clearer vision of what I wanted to achieve and how I was going to go about it. I’d noted all the things that were consuming my precious limited time of which I had to eliminate and replace accordingly. I had set-up a routine and worked so hard to stick by it.

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Imagine the possibility

Draw up a feasible plan

What is it that you want to achieve? Your plan shouldn’t be so complicated that you’re unable to produce results. Your goals should be realistic and conveniently practical for you to accomplish.

Work schedule

Allocate time for each activity. For instance decide if you’ll workout early in the morning before work so that you’re able to study after work and so forth. Honestly, I’m not an early person so instead I’d workout after work so by eight in the evening I’d start studying and at ten the latest I’d be in bed.

Dedication

You can expect the best when you give your best. Dedicate your time and commit yourself to working hard. Sow and reap the benefits later.

Switch off

Imagine if the time you spend recklessly on social networks was used to grasp concepts and definitions, where would you be if you actually used that time doing something productive? I advise you to start switching off; limit the time you spend online and skip television. Yes, it makes a huge difference. At least for me it did as I wasted plenty of time on there.

Do not procrastinate

It is essential for you to align yourself with the work and don’t lose track. You won’t feel motivated everyday but since you’ve made a commitment you’ll hold yourself liable and do what’s right even when you don’t feel much like it because you care about the outcomes.

Support system

You can use all the support you can get. It can be by means of mere understanding. When your people understand that some moments you’ll miss. Even better when they’re goal-driven themselves, you’ll be more supportive and understanding of one another.

If you take a closer look at your typical day for instance, you’ll notice that you have plenty of time at your disposal, however, managing it efficiently is probably the real challenge. We’re inevitably inclined to things we prioritize and the implications thereof are evident as we tend to concentrate more on them. Now think about what those activities are for you. Are they worth splurging your energy on, are you being productive? If not – subsequently change them; draw up your plan, schedule and put in the work.

All the best!

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Take small actions and influence your life greatly

First thing’s first, before you even begin to remove yourself from a dumpster, you’d better recognize that you’re in a dumpster.

I remember being caught up in this disheartening reality and I was greatly unhappy with myself. I was miserable because I wasn’t doing any of the things that I desperately longed for, my life was stagnant and my goals seemed far from reach.

Examining my surroundings, I was deep within what I never ever imagined would be my life, it was so surreal. In all senses, I gave meaning to hopelessness. But how did it get to this?

That was definitely not the question I was most concerned with. I was only desperate for deliverance, I thought to myself if realizing my purpose was something far-fetched then God had to help me to live with it.

From afar within, however, I could still feel the drive delicately burning as if it knew it was my only chance. And that was it, that meant I wasn’t about to give up for as long as I was gifted with the opportunity to be.

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Be not afraid of walking slowly, be afraid only of standing still ~ Chinese Proverb

And so the journey begun . . .

Knowing yourself, as well as having the power to define that person is a distinct skill that can greatly influence your success in life. I was challenged with the task to peep into myself. Then, I came to realize that I was my own enemy. Subconsciously, I had created barriers for myself, which were preventing me to reach out to fulfillment. I needed to silence the critic in my head that would constantly remind me of how inadequate I was. My goals were well within reach, I was just not in tune with them because I lacked self-awareness .

You should always attempt to rise again and again. . . Persistence is key, it’s all about starting over and trying again. Life has challenges and you’ll certainly stumble upon them but never fall without putting up a fight. Nonetheless, if you do fall you know what’chu gotta do! Your approach here will be determined by your outlook on life, of cause. If you deem things to be the end for you, it will be just that. On the contrary if you see challenges as stepping stones then you’ve already wonSetbacks are there to sharpen our will-power so that we’re better prepared for the future.

The more gains you experience due to your efforts, the more likely you’ll exhibit that behavior,repeatedly.  The gratification you experience from seeing results of your efforts is always motivating. Regardless of how big or small the rewards are, they are just enough to give you a boast to leap forward. Magic occurs when you understand the importance of putting one foot in front of the other.

Keep on going, never stop no matter what!

Now, it is upon you to decipher which actions are necessary for you to get closer to where you want to be, that is if realizing your utmost potential is what keeps you going.

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Be the gem your friends desire

Do you have that one person you can go to whenever you’re in need of good counsel. I mean someone who doesn’t lead you astray, who only gives you nothing but the truth regardless of how it makes you feel for as long as they aren’t guilty of deceit.

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This person is not afraid to break it down to you when you fail to see reason. They are always there to assign what’s right from wrong. Often your disputes are ignited when you’re unable to honor the truth that they stand by but you know that they always mean well. They are quite a gem and they deserve to be treated with such regard.

When we’re troubled we turn to our friends to rave and at the same time to get the best possible advice, right ?

However, can you discern good advice from bad advice ?

Sometimes the source of pleasure (lies) in which we find comfort is not the right one. The guidance we get sometimes from our friends lack objectivity. For instance the friend who fails to tell you the truth and would rather deceive you with lies to spare your feelings or whatever the reason may be.

Hurt me with the truth but never comfort me with a lie

Let me tell you as I recall all the times this had happened to me, I choke of the enormity of betrayal. I’ve always failed to understand the whole concept because no relationship is built on lies. Trusting someone means that honesty is the focal point of that relationship.

You could be thinking that it is okay sometimes to lie to make someone feel better – fair enough. But understand that as soon as they get to the solution of what was troubling them when they approached you, their vision would have been cleared and they will begin to question your character together with your relationship.

Deception is short lived and it never amounts to anything. Is it ever worth it to lie so you can protect someone’s feelings?

Would you rather live with a beautiful lie or face your ugly truth?

What kind of a friend are you, are you a gem?

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