(TIME MANAGEMENT) GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR WORK DAYS!

by Devin X Banned
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I've seen a lot of my friends, customers, and fellow Warriors all struggle with the demands of their digital business. I've been asked a lot about how I get the most out of my days, and whether or not I maintain a schedule or just "wing it", as it were. So right now I'd like to tell you how to organize yourself and maximize your productivity.

In my own life, I keep myself on a scheduled routine. In my experience and opinion, having a schedule is the only way to go about business, and I'm not the only one who feels this way either.

I have many friends in this game, and they all agree with me when I say you need to write things down and keep yourself organized. Now, we need to clear up a little misconception and you might find it a little disturbing, but bear with me here.

People like to say that you have 24 hours in a day, right? Do you agree with that sentiment? Well guess what...it's a lie! You have about 12 hours in the day to be productive, about 4 if you already have a 9-5 job or obligation.

The rest of that time is spent sleeping, eating, cleaning, or commuting, and none of that counts in my book! I'm also being really conservative here and I'm not counting on any "down time" that might be spent on leisure activities, so make of that what you will.

So on any given day of the week, you only have between 4-12 hours to get shit done, and as you know, that's not a whole lot of time. Can you see now why managing your time is so important? You can't fight time, but you can make sure that you use the time that you have wisely.

So what do I suggest that you do about this little issue? I already said it once but I'll say it again, you need to write things down! It doesn't need to be anything fancy either, as I only use a 3x5 index card to do the trick. If you don't have any index cards for whatever reason, then you can use a simple piece of notebook paper that you fold up into pocket size pieces.

All you have to do then is make sure you write up a "to-do" list for the next day, sometime before you go to sleep. So if it's a Tuesday night, make a list of things to do for Wednesday and put that list with your wallet and phone so that you don't forget it. Only put down tasks that you can reasonably accomplish within any given day. Your list should look something like:
  • Go to the gym
  • Write an article
  • Update FB page
  • Make video on XYZ
  • Contact XYZ clients
  • Skype session @ 3pm
  • Check in with my VA

If you want, you can even put down tertiary tasks like cooking breakfast or doing the dishes, just so you can cross those things off when you're done. It'll give you some positive reinforcement, but don't make a habit of just putting easy tasks down on that list just so you can pat yourself on the back, you will stunt your own productivity that way.

Also, don't throw away your daily lists until you do this very important step! Every Sunday night, look over what you accomplished over the past week and evaluate yourself. Did you get everything done that you planned to get done? Why or why not? Write that down and make a little outline of what you would like to accomplish in the coming week.

Take those answers into consideration as you evaluate the past week and prepare for the next one. When you're done, make your "to-do" list for Monday and then go to sleep. Try this out for a month and I'm damned sure you're going to see your productivity level blast off like you wouldn't believe.
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  • Profile picture of the author Natniszakov
    Cool post.
    Everybody needs to schedule activities. That's the only way to accomplish things.
    People often believe in their own discipline, but most of the times, we aren't that disciplined.
    We all need to make to do list, everyday, for sure.
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    • Profile picture of the author Devin X
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      Originally Posted by Natniszakov View Post

      People often believe in their own discipline, but most of the times, we aren't that disciplined.
      That's the truth right there! I know so many people, including myself at times, that sometimes think that they're more disciplined than they actually are.

      Originally Posted by WeavingThoughts View Post

      Am always short of time
      It sure feels like that sometimes. When I feel overwhelmed or short of time, I always do a bit of triage and select 1-3 tasks that:

      I know I can get done during that particular day
      and will feel somewhat productive if I get them done

      That way, I just focus on those tasks at hand and get them done. Winning like Charlie! LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author kellyyarnsbro
    Nice post. Had mine on a sheet for my daily TO-DO list, it keeps me organized this way and a great help in managing time.
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  • Profile picture of the author bradstern
    I've been doing something similar for the past few months. I write down everything (except its on an iPad). It works really well. It feels like you have control over your time and you have this sense of organization.
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    • Profile picture of the author Devin X
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      Originally Posted by kellyyarnsbro View Post

      Nice post. Had mine on a sheet for my daily TO-DO list, it keeps me organized this way and a great help in managing time.
      It does work wonders for your productivity.

      Originally Posted by bradstern View Post

      It works really well. It feels like you have control over your time and you have this sense of organization.
      Yepp, and when it comes to business, organizing yourself and your resources becomes paramount.
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  • Profile picture of the author conanedo
    thanks for the post
    i want to add books that maybe can help
    pareto 20 80
    4 hour work week
    work the system
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  • Profile picture of the author Dlemon
    Have any of you read the book "Getting Things Done" by David Allen?

    The principles in that book will turn you into a productivity ninja!
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    • Profile picture of the author Devin X
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      Originally Posted by Dlemon View Post

      Have any of you read the book "Getting Things Done" by David Allen?

      The principles in that book will turn you into a productivity ninja!
      No, I'll check it out and see what's inside.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmbitionConcepts
    One of my biggest challenges I faced was jumping from one task to another...and by the end of the day I had a lot of unfinished tasks. I like to start the day off with quiet time (prayer) and follow up with training. I Always keep a list now (I use Hit List because it keeps track of how long it takes me to do a certain task)because if you don't you could be wondering where the day went and feel as if you got nothing accomplished. One of my biggest changes is turning off FB completely because it can be a huge time sucking machine. I enjoy running as well because it opens up my creativity in a huge way. If you put everything down priority wise it really make a big difference as well. Great post!
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  • Profile picture of the author VictorNST
    This helped me a lot for doing my own “to-do” list, hope i can succeed with this, Thanks^^
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    • Profile picture of the author Devin X
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      Originally Posted by AmbitionConcepts View Post

      One of my biggest challenges I faced was jumping from one task to another...and by the end of the day I had a lot of unfinished tasks. I like to start the day off with quiet time (prayer) and follow up with training. I Always keep a list now (I use Hit List because it keeps track of how long it takes me to do a certain task)because if you don't you could be wondering where the day went and feel as if you got nothing accomplished. One of my biggest changes is turning off FB completely because it can be a huge time sucking machine. I enjoy running as well because it opens up my creativity in a huge way. If you put everything down priority wise it really make a big difference as well. Great post!
      I personally do not bother with software apps that help with productivity. I find that I spend more time managing the app than it does for my time. Pen and paper work well enough for me.

      Originally Posted by VictorNST View Post

      This helped me a lot for doing my own "to-do" list, hope i can succeed with this.
      Takes a month or so to create a new habit...so get going lol
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      • Profile picture of the author Tudor
        Great post. Very helpful not only on getting one started on the right path to using their time efficiently, but in steering one in the right direction as well.
        Some say it takes 21 days to form a habit, others say it's as much as 30. The numbers don't count much because we're all different. I think it's important to find out what works for yourself and keep at it with focus and determination.
        Thanks for a great post!
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