The True Secret to Managing Your Time

Everyone has the same amount of time: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.

There’s no way around USING this time, but if you’re here that means you’re dissatisfied with how you’re using it. Before we go any further, we should make clear the only way to be more productive in your day: you must cut out something in exchange for another.

For this reason, it is best to first decide what your real goal is. You know what this is. While you might say you don’t know, maybe because it sounds stupid in your head, the only way you’ll be satisfied is by working towards it. 

Once you have a goal in mind, this next step suddenly gets a lot easier. You’ll need to list the actions that you spend time on during your day, down to the most trivial things. (And don’t worry if you can’t think of everything right now! You can always refine this list later and the most important thing is to get started.) 

Next, determine whether the items on the list help or hinder you on your path to your goal. Many activities will stand somewhere in between, like watching YouTube, which can be used to find educational and useful content in any area or to drain hours of productive time. At this point, you’ll need to find out what you’ve been using your time on instead of what you truly want to be doing. I like putting a simple +, -, or both, next to every item in the list. Now you’ve identified what your priorities should be, and can begin shaping your routine to reflect that. Cut out the negatives and do more of the positives. 

Perhaps the most effective way to shape your routine is to change your environment. For more on that, check out the rest of my blog and my newsletter, where you’ll find all sorts of content on that.

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