ZCOOP: 5 Time Management Tips to Keep You on Top of Your Game

by - April 13, 2017

In today’s fast paced-society, people are constantly in a rush to meet deadlines, reach a destination or finish a task. With all these responsibilities, 24 hours just isn’t enough when time is constantly on our tails. How do we even manage our time?

The good news is - time management may be difficult but it isn’t impossible. With our 5 time management tips, here’s how you can be the master of time management in no time at all!

1. Put your phone away

How often have you found yourself scrolling aimlessly through Instagram, just to realize that 30 minutes have passed without you realizing it? According to a study by Keliner Perkins Caufield & Byers, an average adult checks his or her phone about 110 times a day - that’s once in every 13 minutes! Today, it’s incredibly difficult to separate us from our phones as they’ve become an essential part of our lives. Here’s how you can manage your digital lifestyle more effectively:

BreakFree (iOS, Android)

BreakFree controls and monitors your phone and app usage by providing phone management and anti-distraction tools such as disabling the Internet and rejecting phone calls. Users can also view their usage statistics on addiction scores, top used apps and call patterns. With this information, users are able to monitor their mobile addiction and take necessary action.

2. Create a daily schedule

In a TED Talk on Structure, Colin Powell emphasized the importance of having a scheduled lifestyle. With a good life structure, you will wake up everyday with a better sense of direction and clarity of thought. A daily schedule also helps to increase work efficiency and momentum.

Time Tune (iOS, Android)

Time Tune is a scheduling app that acts as a daily task reminder, planner or productivity habit tool. Besides adding your own daily or weekly routines, the app also allows you to send routine schedules to other people and analyze your habit patterns.

3. Have a daily to-do-list

Multitasking is a crucial skill in the modern world. From that pitch you have to submit tomorrow to picking up milk on the way home… how convenient would it be if we had enough brain capacity to remember all these tasks! Having a to-do list makes everything more attainable and manageable, and gives a sense of achievement when you cross items off your list.

Todoist (iOS, Android)

Manage tasks and deadlines with Todoist, a simple app that helps in setting up and managing to-do lists. The app’s collaboration feature also allows you to share unlimited tasks and collaborate in real time on shared goals. To keep you motivated, Todoist Karma visualizes your productivity and awards you with points for every task that is completed.

4. Set attainable goals

In the words of American Poet Bill Copeland, “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the filed and never score”. By reflecting on what you want to achieve, you will have a clearer representation of your inner desires by prioritizing the things that bring you closer towards your goals.

Coach.me (iOS, Android)

Coach.me helps you set a goal and motivates you by proving accountability, community and personalized habit coaching. The app coaches you in over 200,000 goals, ranging from simple reminders to hiring a real coach for as little as 15 USD.

5. Make time for yourself

People often allocate 90% of their time for work without a single minute to spare for themselves. Though you may have succeeded in completing all your tasks, all work and no play can leave you with feelings of emptiness and exhaustion. Hence it is important that we take a few minutes daily to relax, take a walk or meditate.

Breathe2Relax (iOS, Android)

Diaphragmatic breathing decreases the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response by managing anxiety, mood swings and anger control. Rather than focusing on guided mediation, Breathe2Relax prioritizes breathing and anxiety reduction with stress tracking tools and other helpful resources.

What are some of the time-management tips that you know of? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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