Time Management – How to Create Extra Hours Every Week?

A conversation this morning with a 23 year old young lad inspired me to write this post. The conversation was on “Time Management”. Like many others, this youngster was also finding it tough to accomplish various tasks in a given day. His average sleep time has reduced drastically with about 3-4 hours a day! To be very honest, he was struggling with his daily
routine.

I googled three combinations for time management and following is the result:

Pages available on “Time Management” are 219,000,000

Pages available on “Time Management Tips” 41,600,000

Pages available on “Time Management Skills” are 56,800,000

One thing in common, none of these can help you increase even a single minute of a 24 hours cycle! Isn’t that astonishing?

The fact of the matter is that due to increasingly demanding life-styles, society as a whole is suffering. Lack of sleep is causing stress that continues piling up until you hit the weekend. And most weekends are also hectic at families or other stuff that was neglected during the week. Undoubtedly, time is our one of the most valuable resource. Time cannot be created; the only option is to utilize it with the best of your abilities.

Following are some tips that I use for getting the best out of my time:

Identify timewasters

Timewasters are the common cause for “not having enough time”. These have stuck with us like jelly fish. Texting, facbooking and tweeting are generally the most common timewasters. Instead of making these your routine, do these activities only if you have time.

Identify Stress Cause

Stress is a silent killer. It hurts physically and mentally and reduces your ability to deliver or accomplish. Once identified, try to avoid these causes. Often anger causes most stress. Try to stay happy and enjoy what you do.

Organize Your Week

You might question, why not organize my day first? Believe me if you start with organizing a week, your days will be automatically organized.

Important vs Urgent Work

In articles related to Time Management, there is mention of Important work vs Urgent work. For me if it is not a question of death, rest is just important.

Make Use of Travel Time

I do most of my reading and editing during flights. I appreciate that not everyone travels as much as I do, but this is just a little example of better utilization of time.

Relax and Take Good Sleep

Highly important! Sleep at least 6 hours in every 24 hours, walk or do some exercise (20-25 minutes). Reduce caffeine of all kinds and watch less TV. This will free your mind to focus on “Important Stuff”.

If you start following these simple steps, I am sure you will be able to free-up couple of extra hours every day!

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About the author

Hammad Siddiqui Passionate Trainer, Blogger and social media strategist - Qualified from US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management, I have been engaged in Private Sector Development for over 22 years. Love reading, traveling, mentoring. Professionally, I am working as Deputy Country Director at Center for International Private Enterprise (Pakistan Office) - My blogposts cover topics related to Entrepreneurship, Management, Career and Social Media. You can join me at Google+ or Facebook.

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5 comments
Ibrahim Sayed
Ibrahim Sayed

really useful pointers there! its amazing how much people such as yourself accomplish in 24 hours! truly an inspiration for us all.

Haseeb Ahmad
Haseeb Ahmad

yes of course these will be very helpful, timewasters is the main cause of self stability destruction. mind stability is much important in life to get over time.

Neelofar Hameed
Neelofar Hameed

Excellent blog, and summery of suggestions doen to the perfect t's and i's. I think for the younger workforce and students, chatting, texting and face book are the biggest time consumers if not time wasters. For the mature people TV is the biggest time waster...we seem to be hooked on to TV all the time, when at home, to know Real time news, political discussions and at time the soaps on Star TV and likes.

Nokia
Nokia

Yeah exactly now I will manage time by using the tips mentioned in this article. Thanks for this.

Zkhanmkhan
Zkhanmkhan

Yes extra time each week is a possibility with Time Management and with Setting Goals.

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