Get It Done! Maximizing Your 24 Hours

November 11, 2013  |  

At the end of the day have you ever sat there and thought:  “Where did the time go?”  You might have had a list of things to do, but somehow time got away from you and before you realize it you just lost time that you’re never getting back.  I’ll be honest, that has happened to me more times than I would like to admit, and it usually makes me feel like crap.  I would feel even crappier when I would see a celebrity accomplish so much and I would start to compare myself to them.

After listening to Diddy’s recent interview with The Breakfast Club at Power 105.1, something really stuck out to me.  As he was talking about launching his Revolt network he said:  “I have the same 24 hours a day that everyone does.”  That made me realize that if he was able to cook eggs, advertise Ciroc, create an entire television network, and be a mogul, what’s stopping me from utilizing those entire 24 hours that he has?  So I had to stop and re-evaluate where my time was going, and decided to help those who might deal with these common time stealers.

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

I know that this doesn’t seem like a time stealer, but it can be.  If you’re too busy thinking about how other people are succeeding then you’re not spending your time doing your own work.  The moment you stop paying attention to what everyone else is doing is when you’ll be able to focus fully on your own work.

Stop Worrying

Once again, this seems like you’ll be able to multitask, but worrying takes up a lot of your time if you allow it to.  When your mind is running with “shouldas, couldas, wouldas,” then you’re not working at your best capacity.  Your mind isn’t being utilized to its full potential, so it’s going to take you longer to get work down.

Break up Tasks into Smaller Tasks

Something that can hurt people and their time management skills is usually by trying to power through such large tasks in a small time.  This can cause people to become overwhelmed and shut down.  By breaking it into small tasks then it’ll be easier to break up and complete, and the excitement if finishing a part of it can help power you through other projects.

Sleep

One of my favorite tweets during the #ABCReports twitter parade expressed how black people think that lack of sleep is the way to success.  Because too many times we do think that if you’re grinding all day and through the night you’re getting a lot done, but being tired is an efficiency killer.  When you’re tired you work almost two times slower than you would well rested.

Wait to Visit Your Favorite Websites

I have fallen into that trap wanting to visit my favorite websites for a few minutes and then hours later, and seven open windows of stories that I have left to read  are haunting me as I wonder where did my hours go.  If you have a tendency to get lost in online publications, or social media sites, visit them after your work is done.

Now, let’s put those 24 hours a day to good use!

Kendra Koger is always here 24 hours a day, and her twitter is always @kkoger.

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