It may seem unbelievable, but what I’m going to teach you doesn’t require the fountain of youth, ambrosia, or a time machine. So, keep reading and follow through to start creating time—the world’s most valuable resource—and increase your productivity in 2018 and beyond!
Okay, you got me: time cannot be created.
Time is the world’s most valuable and finite resource. But isn’t mindfulness, time-management, and efficiency ultimately ways to “create” time?
In truth, if you can learn to use your time more efficiently, it can be like having 36-hour days. With that extra time, you can dramatically increase your productivity. Interestingly enough, by increasing your productivity, you purportedly create more time.
Imagine if life was a game. . .
Every morning you woke up, your “time account” was refilled with 86,400 seconds. At the end of the day, whatever you didn’t use, was forever lost. Worse than that, at any time, all your remaining time could be dissolved without warning.
This is how the legendary Head Football Coach at the University of Alabama, Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant, gamified his time.
Though, is this hypothetical “game of life” really all that hypothetical??
In actuality, you can’t change the number of hours in a day. Nor can time be saved or guaranteed. Regardless of who you are, we all only have 86,400 seconds to use every day. . . until we don’t.
However, you can change how you use your limited time. You can choose to use your seconds more efficiently, and with less stress and mental effort.
But you have to make that choice.
Hopefully, this is already resonating with the businessman in you since time is money!
Today’s modern living derails attempts to increase productivity due to the onslaught of technology and the numerous options available to us. As a result, our efficiency is thwarted, our attention spans fragmented, and our minds preoccupied with surface-level thinking.
So, increasing productivity is simpler in theory than in practice. But the first step is making the choice to do so. And making that choice seriously.
When I made the choice to be more productive with my time, it led to me researching strategies. Of course, that led to me putting the best tidbits into practice. And as you can see, my success led to this article.
Without further ado, below are 5 strategies I researched and practiced throughout 2017 for creating time and increasing productivity. These new habits transformed my year. And now, I’d like to share them with you so you can do the same for 2018 (and beyond):
These strategies aren’t mind-blowing, but when you add them all up in practice, you’ll see why I shared them with you. Now, it’s not easy to add new routines to your day and create new habits. But if you give it the conscious effort it needs to root itself in your ways, you’ll significantly impact your day-to-day and overall success.
So, may you ring in the New Year with the resolution to use your time more efficiently and spend your seconds to the utmost degree.
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