Time management isn’t really so mystical.
Because how you spend an hour is the same way you spend a day — “God, I’ve been swiping through Instagram like a zombie!”
And how you spend a day is the same way you spend a month — “Ah, I just didn’t feel that motivated.”
And how you spend a month is the same way you spend a year — “Where the hell did it just go?”
Most people will lose their years as easily as they lose their hours because they fill their time with useless filler activities that distract them from their goals. (I describe those activities in detail for you below, so you’ll know what to quit or limit!)
But if you have dreams that need to be lived and businesses that need to be created, if you refuse to let another hour slip through your hands, you’ll need the time management strategies listed in this article.
Most people have several preset distractions that end up accounting for most of their hours:
The list goes on and on. Most of these habits are so normalized that we consider our dissipated hours and lives as something less than evil. (“Hey, I pay my bills and feed my family. Besides…everyone else is wasting their lives too!”)
But if you’re not as happy as you want to be, if you’re not as successful as you want to be, if you’re not fulfilled as you want to be…low-value habits are your enemy #1. They must be eliminated with a vengeance — wow, that’s dramatic! — and replaced with things that matter.
The list goes on and on.
But you’ll only make your hours matter to the extent that you displace your time wasters with planned, high-value activities you know you can accomplish in a day. That way, when you’re unconsciously reaching to check Instagram or texts, you can shift your attention back to your daily planner, open it up and then do something valuable for an hour. Do something that boosts your confidence — something that counts.
Limit time-wasters by scheduling your email, text and social check-ins as independent goals on your daily planner. (Here’s how to start a daily planning habit.) Most of my clients do fine with three to five scheduled visits per day. Also, consider going on a social media fast for at least a week–just to realize that there are a million more important and fulfilling things you could be doing.
You might think an hour is just an hour. But really it’s a day, a week, a month and a year. An hour is a life. So don’t waste any more of them–get serious about your time management.
When you really want to get serious about making the most of your hours, you’ll commit to an inspiring and uplifting morning routine, then follow it up directly with another hour of real work before you check messages — like I just did with this article. (Yes, I’m still in my underwear.) So cheers to making your next hour really count…and the next one after that…and the next one after that.
Originally published at millennialsuccess.io