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How to manage your time more effectively

Warren Buffet once said: “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Warren Buffet is a successful investor. What do all successful people have in common? They all know how to manage their time. And this is why they all planted the trees so they can later sit at its shade. From Warren Buffett to Bill Gates, every one of them would tell you that time is the most valuable thing a human has and that you should use it wisely. Managing the time you spend doing productive work can be detrimental on your path to success. So why waste it? After all, time is the most valuable currency you have. Here’s how to manage your time effectively so you can turn it into gold.

 

The environment

The first step is always the most important and it can ruin every other step from the list. You can’t do anything if you do not have the right setting. Think of it like a musician trying to play his instrument in the middle of the highway, at rush hour. You can’t hear anything. That’s why you need to go to a quiet place so you can hear your music.

You need to find an ideal place to work in, stay away from places where you might get disturbed. It might sound easy but a lot of people forget that. Second, surround yourself with inspiring and meaningful objects that inspire you, whether it’s a painting made by your favorite artist, a flower or a photo of someone famous.

Prioritize like a millionaire

The second step is also an important factor in managing your time for maximum results and it consists of thinking that every hour of your life is worth one million dollars.  Using this mentality will help you dramatically because it will make you think twice about what your next action is and you would not spend one million dollars on procrastination, watching Netflix or playing video games.

When you wake up in the morning, try to spend 10 minutes thinking about 10 important things you would spend a million dollars on and achieve them.

 

Know your goals

The famous stoic philosopher Seneca once said “If a man knows not which port he sails, no wind is favorable” and he was absolutely right. Knowing what your goals are is half of the job you have to do. Everyone has their own personal goals, some people want to run a 20km marathon, some people want to have a successful business life and some want to become healthier. But they all have one thing in common, all their goals are benefic towards them and more importantly that are not impossible. Sometimes people pick hard to reach goals and they give up. You have to ride a few ponies before you can run with the bulls.

Do the work

After you set up your environment and you found your goals, you are ready to do the work. This might seem stupid but a lot of people forget about this. Everyone is listing everything they have to do, everyone knows their goals, everyone has one hundred trackers on their phone, a personal coach, 3 gym memberships, 5 mentors and they still forget to put in the ten thousand hours. The most important thing when managing time effectively is actually putting in the work. Not 30 minutes nor an hour. You have to do as much as it takes for you to reach your goals.

In conclusion, time management isn’t hard but neither easy but it sure does require lot of patience with oneself and courage. Just minimize distractions, focus on your goals and go with your gut instinct and actually put in the work and you’re all set on your path to success. See you on the road to greatness!

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