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How to manage the time to be more productive

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Dedicating many hours to our job does not necessarily mean that we are good professionals or that we are productive . Many times we even boast of the excess of hours that our work requires and we are proud because it seems to project an image of good professionals on us. We do not seem to mind the fact of not knowing how to manage the time to be more productive .

However, in other cultures, in other countries the opposite occurs, if we need to dedicate too many hours to our work , it is assumed that something is not being done well.

The truth is that all people would like to spend less hours on our workday and more hours on things like leisure, sports or family.

Is this possible? Could we spend less time doing what we do? Can we avoid the waste of time and avoid the thieves of time? Is it possible to spend less time putting out fires and focusing on the main tasks ? Can you learn to manage time to be more productive ?

There is a very harmful negative habit in almost all people, if not all, is the habit of procrastination. Because of procrastination we tend to set aside priority tasks , which would lead to a change in situation, and instead devote our time to routine, comfortable and unimportant tasks that make us stuck where we are.

It is essential to work on the elimination of harmful time habits , because time is our most precious asset and what we should best take care of, since poor time management will prevent us from achieving our goals and will lead to frustration and failure.

How will we avoid mismanagement of time and procrastination?

  1. Stop thinking. Stop the inertia of day to day and the whirlwind of “fire-extinguishing” tasks. Spending a few hours thinking will allow us to go in the right direction. We must be able to put aside the self-excuses and stop believing that we do everything right. If we think, analyze and plan our weekly tasks, we will notice a great improvement in the results.
  2. Prioritize profitable tasks.  As a result of stopping to think, we can analyze if we are dedicating our time to tasks that benefit us and make us grow and improve, or if instead we dedicate most of the time to tasks that stagnate us and do not benefit us or improve the results Prioritizes the tasks of High Profitability, leaving for the end another type of tasks that block us in our development.
  3. Protect your time We must be rigorous protecting our time. It is useless to think and prioritize if we do not protect ourselves afterwards. If we give up our hours of work of High Profitability at the request of other people, we will be giving away our profitability, our productivity and ultimately our valuable time. It is important to learn to say no.

The advisable thing is to learn techniques of Time Management : how to manage the time to be more productive, to plan and establish certain hours to consult the email, not answer the calls in the middle of a priority task (return the call later), establish a schedule for consultations of collaborators, etc. The real problem is that saying NO causes conflict. We all tend to live in our comfort zone and avoid managing those conflicts. We self-justify to not face the reality that this lack of protection of time is to our detriment