So you’ve started doing high intensity strength training and cut your training down from 4 times a week to once per week. You’ve started getting better results and realised that exercise much like business is about quality not quantity. It’s about doing the 20% that get 80% of the results (Pareto Law). It’s time for some time management tips!
Stephen Covey, author of The 7 habits of highly effective people, said that “time management is a misnomer”. You can’t manage time, you can only manage yourself. Therefore your quest to become super productive must first start with you, your mindset, your habits, diet, and lifestyle.
Here’s some time management tips on how you can increase your productivity, efficiency, and results in the work place:
1) Block Tasks
Plan your day on the previous day. Prioritise the top 6 tasks, and block out 60 to 90 minutes for each task. During each task discipline yourself so that you are completely focused on that task and nothing else; no email, no chit chat, and no unrelated phone calls.
Every 60 to 90 minutes take a break. And I’m not talking about going on Facebook or YouTube, I mean detaching completely from screens, email, work etc. Get up and take a walk outside for 10 minutes or read a book. Unplugging in this way will rejuvenate your energy level far more effectively than a cup of coffee, and you will be far more productive and sharper for each task.
3) Check Incoming Email Once Per Day
A wise man once said that “your inbox is a list of everyone’s agenda but your own”. Email is both an amazing tool for communication and the biggest distraction in business today. Schedule a 1 hour block when it suits you to check email. Try turning your email “offline” during other tasks. No ones going to die if you don’t respond to their email within 8 hours.
4) Eat Right
Eat a Paleo diet or slow carb diet. Not only will you lose fat and build muscle, you will have more energy, creativity, and focus. Also, drink more filtered water, you should be aiming for 3 litres per day.
5) Improve Your Sleep
Sleep is hugely underrated. On average, people sleep for 6.1 hours per night. The benefits of getting enough good quality sleep (8-10 hours) vs poor sleep (6 hours) are astounding. The former will improve fat loss, yield more energy, sharpen the mind, reduce hunger, increase focus, and improve mental agility.
Try some of these time management tips out and let me know how it goes by commenting below.
All the best,