The general population of young people are as bad at time-management as we are at remembering faces. For years I’ve wondered why young people are always late with everything they do. Our phones are the most complex time-management tools that have ever been invented and yet, time after time, our unpunctuality prevails.
Business Insider have put together a great list of time-management tricks that they wished they knew in their 20s. For those of you in your 20s, listen up because they tips could save you a load of grief in the future.
1. Make the most of your time
Instead of wasting time being bored at work, cut out a small piece of your day to complete work and use the rest of your time committed to doing the things you want to do!
2. Only plan for 4-5 hours of real work
The best laid plans of Mice and Men often go awry! Don’t fill your day with eight hours of solid work because you’ll always be disappointed. Days have ways of filling themselves up!
3. Know when to work and relax
“It’s normal to have days where you just can’t work and days where you’ll work 12 hours straight”. Don’t fight your working patterns, obey them!
4. Multi-tasking is the worst
Stop thinking you can spin five plates at once, you’ll just burn yourself out. We try and do everything at once, end up staying late and then wonder why we don’t feel productive. If you’re working correctly, you’ll be home at 5pm.
5. Doing is better than perfect
Work iteratively! Nothing is perfect and nothing ever will be so just create the best version of what you can. “Doing is better than perfect” is actually the company motto for Facebook.
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6. Don’t organise meetings on the fly
Organise meetings early during the day because otherwise you waste a lot of the time leading up to the events. Prepare beforehand too!
7. Keep the same context each day
Try and organise your time so each day is dedicated to a specific type of task. It’s not always possible but you’ll be a lot more productive if you’re not switching your brain-mode every other hour.
This is the art of allowing for procrastination in your work schedule. It’s natural for your mind to wander so use these as breaks between intense sprints of work.
9. Breaks tasks into hour increments
Long tasks seem daunting and working for longer than an hour on one thing can be draining. Do everything to keep yourself from getting bored.
10. Take breaks