I started working since 14 years old as a part-time employee during summer; it was a sales position at a student uniform store – working 10 hours a day for 100 THB / day ($3.1 / day).
When I turned 18 years, I was able to apply for a more solid job which higher income, but still a part-time position for a university student.
I started to do math between time, money, and energy. What if, I work multiple jobs in a week. How much would I earn if I can manage them (Even though I fail on energy management).
At that time, in a week, I was working for 3 companies and all ﬂexible hours (I oﬀered the hours I could work). Besides studying just like others kids, I also paid for an extra English course one to two times a week, graphic design and so on.
After graduation, I worked full-time for 2-3 companies, and decided to ﬁre myself to become independent. Here I am as a remote executive manager for three companies.
Yes, of course. There was time I burnout and got sick on the bed while laptop was still on my lap. I’m enough; it’s not how I or you should live. To let things control us, to get up, go to work, and wait until end of the month to pay bills.
Here are 8 ideas that I use to manage time and energy, and I’m happy to share them with you.
- Prioritise the projects as well as a small single task of each project.
Setting my priorities straight was my first key step to envisioning and walking through all my projects. I made sure I spent more time on the key aspects of my projects to avoid wasting time on non-priorities. I first began by clearly stating my goals and responsibilities for the task, alongside the measure steps I had to take in archiving the aim of the project.
Getting these key values helped me in finding my priorities for the task, I then further split the concept into small single task where I tackled every aspect one after another. This prevented me from skipping steps and ensured no stone was left unturned. If you don’t, you can fall into the dangerous habit of doing the easy work and procrastinating over the difficult ones, which are quite often the most important ones.
- Set time for each project and task.
Setting time for every project is one of the key steps I used in accomplishing my projects on time. At first, it was difficult for me to effectively allocate time for each of my different tasks since I didn’t know how to go about it but with time I found a little secret that helped me overcome this major challenge.
You know, they are certain times of the day when we are at our best, feel happy, creative and our energy levels are at their peak. This was naturally my most productive period where I allocated the time for my most difficult tasks and high priority jobs. I made the most out of my happy moments and used them in handling my critical task. I then used the rest of my time to tackle the simple and routine tasks I had to do. This strategy did the magic for me.
- Focus – keep the ﬂow state
Understanding the flow state of mind and just how distractions can slow down the speed of working made me realize concentration is another critical aspect in time management. In order for me to handle my job effectively, I made sure all my five senses were put to work whenever I am on a task. When it’s time for work, it is time for work-that was my major role.
Keeping this state of focus made me gain my optimal state of consciousness where I developed the anxiety to put in my best in whatever I engaged in. I always made sure my skills were well-matched to my task. Interruptions such as telephone calls from friends and direct interruptions by family members while working were not welcomed.
- Binaural beat music helps
Listening to binaural beat music is my little secret to calming my mind and tuning down some random thoughts that turn to distract me while at work. Long hours of sitting on my desk when working usually brings about some certain kind of annoying anxiety and my most available medicine to this was tuning my headset on with some binaural beat music. The frequency difference between the waves entering my ears takes me into deeper meditation, making me regain my focus on a whole new level.
- Sleep well
On a serious note, based on my personal experience, this is one aspect you shouldn’t take for granted. Sleep deprivation does not only make you moody and irritable, but it also goes a long way in affecting the brain functionality in memory and decision making. Without adequate hours of rest, the brain will not be able to function properly in making appropriate decisions which will definitely lead you to wrong approaches in solving a problem. Without adequate sleep, your brain faces lots of difficulties in absorbing and recalling new information.
- Exercise even just 10-15 min
Harness the power of a 10-15 minutes session of Tabata interval workout to reduce unnecessary stress and anxiety when working. Doing a Tabata workout was a very interesting adventure for me; I just picked an exercise and set a timer for 20 seconds on and 10 seconds rest. I did the exercises as hard as I could for 20 seconds and then had a 10-sec rest, repeating 8-20 times total. I know these moves may seem simple, but they’re not! If you’re not seeing stars by the end, you’re not pushing hard enough. The good thing about this protocol is you can use it with almost any exercise. This does not only help in burning down those excess calories but it also as well help rejuvenate your sense of reasoning and brings in a new sense of energy.
Just laugh it out, that’s my motto. I understand they are certain moments were a project or a task in a project may be giving you a hard time making you feel really depressed but the secret to this is to laugh it out. Ride through every step of your project with that ultimate feeling of happiness, let your passion walk you through. Don’t spend long hours of work on a project without taking a break, take some time to rest with doing things that make you laugh. While not watch some comedy like I usually do? Doing this helps take away the stress and make you come back to work in full potential.
- Living the moment
In аnу mоmеnt when wе hаvе no рѕусhоlоgісаl thoughts, оr we don’t let our psychological thоughtѕ tо іnfluеnсе оur rеаѕоnіng, whаt rеmаіnѕ is the еxреrіеnсе оf the рrеѕеnt mоmеnt. Whеnеvеr wе рrеvеnt thеѕе tаught frоm gеttіng a grip on us, wе gеt to dіrесtlу еxреrіеnсе whatever is happening іn a given mоmеnt. The direct еxреrіеnсе of аnу mоmеnt is the еxреrіеnсе of thе рrеѕеnt moment.
In general, wе rarely gеt to directly еxреrіеnсе whаtеvеr is gоіng wrong іn a gіvеn рrоjесt bесаuѕе оur experience is соnѕtаntlу being сrеаtеd bу оur thоughtѕ оf whаt wаѕ “good” оr “bаd” in thе past, whаt іѕ “gооd” оr “bаd” rіght nоw, оr whаt mау bе “gооd” or “bad” in thе futurе. Thіѕ рrеvеntѕ uѕ frоm thinking straight аnd mаkіng ѕmаrt decisions. Whеn wоrkіng, dоn’t lеt your рѕусhоlоgісаl thоughtѕ іnfluеnсе your wау оf rеаѕоnіng, fоrgеt аbоut everything аnd fосuѕ оn thе moment.
Bеіng a ѕuссеѕѕful еntrерrеnеur rеԛuіrеѕ tаlеnt, knоwlеdgе, іnіtіаtіvе, аnd іmаgіnаtіоn. Once wе gеt our buѕіnеѕѕ uр and running, thоugh, іt bесоmеѕ fаr too easy to gеt саught uр іn іtѕ rоutіnе maintenance, аnd wе еnd uр tоѕѕіng оur initiative аnd imagination aside. Bеfоrе long, wе bесоmе bоrеd аnd hаvе the еnеrgу is sucked оut of uѕ. Thе соnѕеԛuеnсе іѕ not оnlу thаt we hаtе оur wоrk, but wе may аlѕо ѕtаrt tо lоѕе buѕіnеѕѕ.
In оrdеr tо fееl fulfilled, it’s іmроrtаnt tо bе able to uѕе thе areas оf our greatest strengths аnd раѕѕіоnѕ оn a rеgulаr bаѕіѕ. Effесtіvе time and energy skills are vеrу іmроrtаnt for аn entrepreneur. Successful implementation of the above time mаnаgеmеnt tips аnd strаtеgіеѕ wіll lау thе foundation for іnсrеаѕеd productivity, rеlіаbіlіtу and success оf your hоmе-bаѕеd buѕіnеѕѕ. Juѕt lіkе me, уоu wіll dеfіnіtеlу face ѕоmе dіffісultіеѕ but just уоur dеtеrmіnаtіоn аlоnе is еnоugh tо brеаk аll bаrrіеrѕ.
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