Most people who decide to study time management methods are serious about helping themselves. Very often they get off to a good start, but after a short while, they go back to their old habits and itís back to square one.
To be truly efficient and productive, you'll need to have discipline and form some habits that are difficult to inculcate initially, but once they're a part of you, life will become much easier.
In this article, we'll look at 3 techniques to help you reprogram your mind. Time management requires a shift in mindset for you to truly apply it effectively in your daily life.
Spend about 5 to 10 minutes a day visualizing yourself as being more productive. Put some emotion into your visualization. Feel yourself completing all your tasks smoothly and without disruption.
Imagine yourself breaking away from the shackles of social media and other distractions as you sail away on the sea of productivity. Or something to that effect.
Seeing it in your mindís eye is the first step to turning it into a reality. Itís similar to the law of attraction, and while it may seem all ëhokeyí to some people, do give it a try anyway.
Another powerful technique is saying affirmations daily. Look in the mirror and affirm a few times that you'll spend your time productively. This will sear the affirmations in your mind.
Any time you feel like indulging in some activity rather than working, repeat the affirmations a couple of times and get back to work. Over time, your mind will grow to accept that you really are spending your time effectively and will be less likely to try and get you distracted just to avoid working.
This is one of the most powerful tools employed by many of the worldís most successful people. Contrary to popular belief, itís not confusing or complex.
The goal of meditation is to silence your mind. You do not need to do anything. Sit in a quiet room and breathe deeply. Focus on just listening to your breaths.
Initially, your mind will wonder, and a million thoughts will come your way. This is normal. Just observe the thoughts and let them go. If you catch yourself getting distracted, refocus on your breathing and "center" your mind again.
With practice, you'll discover that you get better at reining in your thoughts. Over time, you'll be able to be still and achieve a quiet mind. It will take you a while to reach this stage, but if you practice meditation daily, you can rest assured that youíll get there.
The importance of meditation cannot be overstated. We live in a world where we're bombarded by images, words, experiences and so on.
Because of this, we often act on impulse. Social media with its instant notifications creates a dopamine effect in our minds and we become addicted to the quick fixes that we get from social media interaction.
We're not even aware that weíre addicted. This is why millions of people whip out their mobile phones and check their social media accounts the moment they wake up.
Meditation will give you control over your own mind. You'll not be tossed about just because of impulses and addictions. You'll be the captain of your ship and will find it easier to focus on the tasks at hand, rather than getting distracted by all the distractions.
Apply the 3 techniques mentioned in this article and you'll be able to manage your time much better. This is a mental game that you must win if you hope to achieve greatness in any endeavor in life. Stay focused and disciplined.
"Time is what we want most but what we use worst." - William Penn