So you've been procrastinating and need some motivation to get that spark of brilliance?

Each and every day there are countless people who kept wasting away their precious time. They surely haven't managed their daily life to achieve its full efficiency. Consequently this unmanaged time will then be spent on activities that bring little benefit. Eventhough they have the ability to give and show commitment, these "commitment" tend to be wasted away. The time wasted will start to stack up over time before it all comes tumbling down on top of the procrastinator. If you've wasted three hours a day, then that comes to a total of 21 hours per week. Which means you've just voided almost a day per week doing essentially nothing.

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There are many tools to proper time management. Presented here are 6 tried and tested tips to ensure that you will not squander away precious moments in life!

If It's Not Worth It Then Don't Do It

This is a tip to those of you that have no confidence in the end result of whatever endeavour you are working on. You have that tingling feeling that the the process and result of this endeavour does not match the amount of commitment and effort that you have put into this project.

For example, you are given the task of writing and completing an advertising article for a brand new and super classy shopping mall! Yet, however, at the same time such a task was given by a developing company known for having a bad record among writers. If you perform some calculated guess and figure out that the rewards given by such a company is not worth your genius keyboard pressing and pen spinning capability, then stop there. Don't waste your time doing a difficult task for little reward. I'm speaking from experience here, because admittedly, I did waste quite a while doing writing gigs for several websites which turned out to be a ponzi scam or completely went overboard, together with some stashed earnings that haven't yet been cashed out.

If It's Worth Doing Then It's Worth Overdoing

This is the complete opposite of the tip above. When you are absolutely confident that an endeavour can bring good returns, as well as having calculated all the odds, then for all that's worth go for it. And true to this tip, double, or even triple the effort! Why? It's because you stand a higher chance of not only finishing said task, but are also able to complete it at a much earlier time. This means you can then take yet another challenge to get more bang for your buck!

A personal example here. A couple of years ago I was doing a school exam. It was a selective subject so only a few took it, all in a rather empty classroom. The exam wasn't particularly easy, but I still managed to finish it - one hour before the time's up. The examiner, seeing that I'm done early, took a bit of liberty off and let me took the second exam - an hour before the scheduled period! That makes me even more motivated, because it's a sign that my effort is being rewarded.

If you have shown effort, then you deserve a reward too!

You Can Give It Up Now, Or You Can Give It All

This is one not-so-secret secret to proper time management - don't wave the white flag so soon. OK, this tip is probably a bit cliche, but yes, it can't be stressed enough because many people still give up, no matter how close they are to the goal or how much attempts that they have made!

Yes, it is not an easy road to success. Thomas Edison (another cliche example...), you know, the guy who perfected the early light bulb, went through a lot of designs and failures, before having achieved that perfect one. If he'd given up in the middle, we all will probably be using the primitive gasoline lamp - or worse, be using a dangerous and unstable bulb designed by a highly committed yet mad quack scientist!

Know When to Quit It

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Alright, this is a combo of tip #1 and #3. Might be a bit of an oxymoron, but by taking into consideration those two tips before, you'll find another method to time management, that is, knowing when to quit. It is a skill used by successful people to decide when the time has come to ditch the goal simply because it's just not worth it.

These superior people definitely are not surrendering too early, no, instead they are not willing to waste their time and effort for just a little gain.

In this process, it is better to gather as much information and additional knowledge to help you decide what's the best way to follow.

Evaluate all the efforts that you have done before. You must also take into consideration on how long will it take before you reach the end goal. Try to imagine what other obstacles that you will face. Do you have adequate financial resources? Enough human resources to help? Sufficient time to complete a certain mission?

Such is the subject on whether to make the decision to call it quits or not.

What You Have is What You Use

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Simply put, just use what you already got in your hands. Have you ever heard the idiom "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" ? Then it definitely shows what this tip is about. Completing an assignment should be easier if you just use available materials, instead of setting off to chase some other tools which may or may not help.

Furthermore, using tools already present in your possession means you don't have to learn new skill sets to fully utilise whatever new tools you just obtained. That is, if you actually manage to obtain such new tools.

Make Decisions Quickly and Sharply!

This is the essence of the tip above, that is, making the right decision.

You must be swift in making the right decision about your daily life and routine so that no time is wasted, and yet at the same time making sure that such decisions lead to an excellent result.

Observe how other more successful people make their decisions. You can definitely try to learn from their effort, especially their style of thinking and also their priorities. Observe a timed game of chess, for example. In a timed game two dueling opponents try to finish their manuevers before reaching a set amount of time. Those who took too long to figure out which piece to move face a high chance of being disqualified, even if they are on a winning streak.

Or better yet, get involved in one! The game of chess already tests you skill at making decisions, and adding the time factor will sharpen your skill, ensuring that decisions are made on time.


Well, that's all from me so far. Do you have any other tips to add is as well?