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Everyone has time.

Everyone has time.
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Let's say you use the excuse that you "Didn't have time" to do a task a lot (I know this feeling pretty well). Have a think about why you didn't have time. Most likely, you just didn't make time for the task. You were doing other things to fill up the time or plainly didn't feel like it. These distractions that suck up your time can include endlessly scrolling through social media, playing video games (if that isn't a priority) or watching lots of videos, (the one I suffered from the most) movies or TV.

I used to struggle with this. A lot.
I used to be very bad at prioritization, poorly manage my time, and constantly say I didn't have time.
These are the tools that helped me the most.

  1. A Schedule. One of the most underrated productivity tools of all time (feel free to use my schedule template).
  2. The Eisenhower Matrix (below).

Everyone has 24 hours per day. Using it properly is essential to being productive.
Prioritization of tasks creates more time like magic.

When I prioritize my tasks for the day, I get so much more done. I find The Eisenhower Matrix the best way to do this. I have tried quite a few ways to prioritize my tasks, and this is the one that has 'moved the needle' the most, in terms of my personal productivity. This is how it works:
You split all the things you need to do for the next week (in my case in my weekly review) and categorize them in the matrix. You split them into four categories based on importance and urgency.

  1. Important and Urgent
    Action: Do it now, or schedule a time to do it today.
  2. Unimportant and Urgent
    Action: Delegate it if you can.
  3. Important and Not Urgent
    Action: Schedule time for it in the next week.
  4. Unimportant and Not Urgent
    Action: Eliminate it if you can.

What do you think, does this resonate with you? Can you imagine this may help you manage your time?

I hope you got something out of this, and can apply it to your own life. Feel free to send this to a friend if you think they could benefit from it.

Thanks for reading!

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