Time. You can’t recover it, make up for it, or reverse it. There are 24 hours in a day and 168 in a week, and those numbers aren’t changing. What you can do is use the hours more efficiently and wisely to free up at least 60 minutes a week.



Here’s how you can optimize your time:




1. Track how you spend your time  记下自己都把时间花在了哪里

Do this for one week. Many people are entirely unaware of what they do hour to hour and where the day goes. This simple exercise of noting what you’re doing each hour can have a huge impact.




2. Determine which tasks and activities are vital and which are optional


Structure other tasks around those that are vital. Schedule your day by doing the important tasks first. This is when you are freshest and energetic. So often the less important tasks get in the way of other things that need to be done. For many this is a distraction. It’s easier to do the things that aren’t as important. Fear leads to procrastination and ends us keeping us stagnant. Here’s how to overcome procrastination.




3. Get up 15 minutes earlier than you normally do   比平常早起15分钟

Doing so will provide you with an extra 75 minutes in your work week. Many of my clients who are business leaders talk about how they maximize their mornings and see it as a time to respond to emails without the distraction of telephone calls or they use it to do their daily workout.




4. Schedule Internet use  计划上网时间

So often people lose their sense of time when they are online. Given the sensory overload, people are drawn into cyberspace and rarely can stick to just their intended task. Think about how many times you went online to read the news or check the weather and ended up staying online much longer reading other articles. Or perhaps you’re like so many of my clients whose intention is to check sports scores quickly, yet they spend seven hours a week doing that. Schedule time and stick to it.




5. Plan  计划

At the beginning of your week, schedule what you need to do with a “to-do” list. Similarly, at the end of your work day, plan the next day.




6. Log out of email and social media accounts


Staying connected to such accounts will only distract you and waste time, especially when you are on a deadline or working on an important project. Schedule time to use your social media sites.




7. Keep your expectations in check


Are these expectations reasonable or unreasonable? For example, are you trying to go to the gym, get the kids ready for school, do laundry, and walk the dog all before 9:00 a.m.? Make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew.




8. Change your thinking


“I’m so busy” and “I don’t have time for anything” are negative comments that are sure to keep you feeling overwhelmed. You might think instead, “I will make good use of the time that I do have” or “I can only do so much in one day and I will make sure I accomplish what is reasonable today.”




9. Group your errands in one place


For example, if you know you’re going to be downtown for an appointment and you know you go to a grocery store in that area, then consolidate the trips into one.




10. Keep your surroundings clean and organized


A cluttered desk will distract you as will a messy home. By keeping things in order you’ll keep information organized in your head and minimize the possibility of losing items and having to spend time looking for them.



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