Do what you need to do!

You can do work very efficiently if you use the 80/20 rule explained in the last section. You will be able to save a whole lot of time if you identify the 20% that controls the 80%. However, to save even more time, just don’t work at all!

I know this is a little shocking. But many of the things that we do are simply “not worth doing”. What do we mean by not worth doing?

To understand that, you need to find out: What YOU want? Or : 
“What result you want to achieve?”

If you are a student, you probably want to achieve a result like:
“I want 85% in my coming exams!”
Or you may have a smaller result like “I want to finish this chapter today!”

If you are a business you may want to achieve a result like:
“I want to double sales by the end of the year!” 

First thing you need to do is decide: “What specific result do you want to achieve?”

Once you find this out, half the battle is won. Now, whenever you are doing a particular task, ask yourself, does this task help me to achieve “the result”? You will find that most of the tasks you do in the day, probably do not help you to achieve “the result”. Then why are you doing them?

There is nothing complicated about this. If you spend your limited time doing something that is “useless” because even if you do it, it will not help you reach “the result”, then why are you doing it? Don’t do it!

Ask your self before taking up any major time consuming activity (1 hour or above):
Will this help me reach “the result”?
 
Please note: You may spend some time each day “relaxing”. This is okay. You need to relax from time to time to keep the quality and speed of your work high. You may also spend some part of your day “exercising”. This is also good. These activities help you to work.

There are some activities that you do that are not directly related to “the result”. However, if you do not do them, you will not be able to work towards “the result”. For example, eating food. You might think that eating food will not help you to achieve “the result” so why should you do it? Because if you don’t do it, you will die of hunger!

Food is a very basic example, but I am sure you can differentiate between activities that must be done and must not be done.

After doing things fast by using the 80/20 rule and not doing all the things that don’t help you reach your aim, you will find there is a lot of time on your hands.

This is a short article. In this article we have not talked about "recording your time" and "making a daily schedule". These things are much easier to say than do. They are not practically possible for most people. On indiahowto.com we try to provide you with only practical "How to.." solutions that you can apply. 

You may be able to form a schedule but there are a large number of “random” things that happen in every bodies day that come in the way of a schedule. This leads to certain work that was to be done in a certain period not being done because that time was used up by something that was unpredicted. Over time, work piles up due to “random” interruptions and you will find yourself with a lot of work but little time. This is the opposite of what we want from "time management".

Personal time management though scheduling is a concept of the past. It is not practical. Now, a far more flexible time management system is used. In fact, there is no “time management” anymore. There is “personal management” that concentrates more on achieving results than “managing time”.

Best Of Luck!

Jai Hind.

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Table Of Contents

  1. How to manage time? - Introduction
  2. The 80/20 rule!
  3. Do what you need to do!