How do I do it better with time?

The 10 golden rules for good time management

The language already shows us that time has become a precious commodity: Grandma and Grandpa were not yet familiar with "time management". Today we manage diligently and still have the feeling that we always have too little time.

You can't change the schedule, and you can't change the fact that the day only has 24 hours. How you divide your time and use it for yourself, you can very well determine - and with a few tricks and tricks you can shovel a lot of "extra time" free!

1. You do it voluntarily and without compulsion.
One thing is clear: very few do math homework on a voluntary basis. Still, you should outsmart your psyche. Anyone who approaches tasks with "I have to ..." or "I should ...", so to speak, whispers to himself the pressure from outside. And who likes to work under pressure and "on command" ?! "I want ..." and "I will ..." thoughts and formulations are better. This way you get to work on your tasks much more motivated - and get through faster.

2. The same and the same is faster.
People with good time management not only know the shortest path to their destination - they also use it to get as much done as possible “on the go”. You can combine many activities and thus save a lot of time. So always first think about which items on your to-do list you can summarize and do in one go. If you have to get something anyway, you can, for example, post the letter directly on the way. You see what we're getting at.

3. There is always time for a plan.
When we are in a particularly hurry, we like to start without a head. After all, we don't seem to have time to think about it and make plans. Unfortunately, this takes revenge - because whoever goes to work haphazardly almost always does unnecessary duplication of work. So you better take the few extra seconds and make a battle plan. Not although, but straight because time is running out.

4. There is no such thing as "dead" time.
Always ask yourself: What do you do best when? What can you do in parallel? Which paths do you want to go how often? What's going on along the way? You can spend the bus or train journey home from school in a deadly fashion, lost in thought, looking out the window. Or you call Ben and clarify everything important for your study group. Extra tip: Also check what others have already done - and to what extent you can save yourself work as a result.

5. You can do 80-20 better.
Scientists say: 20% effort leads to 80% results. The still missing 20% ​​result demand 80% effort from us. You can use this knowledge for yourself: Analyze what the more effective 20% of your work looks like. When can you work particularly effectively, at what time, in what situation, etc.? Then try to build on your 20% and move forward even more effectively. If you can go from 80-20 to 75-25, you've already won a lot!

6. It's all a matter of priorities.
If your to-do list feels like a meter, set clear priorities. What should you do first, what can you still wait? Even if everything seems urgent: decide on an order and stick to it consistently. Check your own requirements every now and then. Sometimes "okay" is absolutely sufficient.

7. Tunnel vision is quite useful.
The shortest path to the destination is always the straight path - not the one with 100 distractions. Be aware of what you want to achieve and work towards it. For example, if you have to do some research on the web for a subject, concentrate on it - and consistently ignore cat videos and memes.

8. Multitasking is your enemy.
Making a few phone calls on the go is okay, of course. Otherwise you should avoid multitasking like vegans do the sausage counter. The more things you juggle at the same time, the more stressful it becomes - and the more error-prone it becomes. Even if multitasking always sounds so impressive: Mono-tasking is much better for effective work. Consciously focus on the one thing you are doing and stay mindful.

9. Time pressure creates free time.
The most efficient way to use your time is to set a fixed time frame for each item on your list. If you only say to yourself: "Today I am practicing chapters 1-6" you theoretically have time until the evening - and the more time you give yourself, the more you will dawdle. If you instead schedule an hour of fixed time for this, you have positive pressure - and work concentrated and consistent, without "wasting time".

10. "No" here exceptionally positive.
Saying no is usually difficult for us. If you want to buy yourself more time, however, you should get used to it: From now on you refuse anything that distracts you, eats up time pointlessly and / or becomes too much for you. Make sure you can work undisturbed in the way that works best for you and don't put too much on your agenda. After all, it's about your precious time - and it's in your hand!