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 Time Management Strategies for 2018

The thing that most of us struggle with is "not having enough time." 

That is why we remarked "how fast time flies" and mean it.

With so many things pulling at our attention and wanting to improve multiple areas of our life, how do we use our time?

After all EVERYone has the SAME 24 hours each. But why is it that some individuals get more done in the same amount of time that we have and seemed less stressed for it?

Here's 4 strategies to be productive and happy in 2018:

1. Perfectionism kills. 

Yes, i put this right on top of the list because it is, believe it or not, it is one of the biggest time stealers of all times. With the quest for perfection -  you end up zapped of energy at the end, because (read this aloud) NOTHING is perfect.
Perfectionism will kill your creativity and productivity.
How many times do you notice that you just won't hand in your school assignment because you keep changing the sentences. Are you using thesaurus for alternative words? Oh my!  
Is this you?  You hog on to your powerpoint presentation or office report to the very last minute because you keep  changing the images or the way it is presented. 
Those times you spent "correcting and correcting and correcting" can be productively spent on your next project, don't you think? Do you have other pending projects at hand? Now you know what is holding you back. 

You must learn to let go. 

Everytime, when you literally hang on to your project for dear life, because you think you can do better, ask yourself this:
- will what i change now have a massive impact on the overall result? If yes, then go ahead and change it. 
- If you are in two minds, just hand in your work and consider it done. And move on. 

Note that on your To-Do list, there's 
1. Task
2. Task
3. Task

2a,b,c,d...of a Task
3a,b,c,d...of a Task
and some can even break it down further to 1a(i), (ii), (iii), (iv)...of a Task! (Oh no!)

Whatever you do, don't get carried away in your quest for perfection.
Bottomline is that,it is still A TASK - ticked done. 
Aim for excellence instead. Be the best that you can be. 
Keep calm and repeat.

2. Give yourself permission to make mistakes

As adult we are too scared to take action because we fear making mistakes.
Kids are not afraid of making mistakes  – they are focused on having fun and they take ACTION.
Are you immobilised because you are overwhelmed? 
Just like with a writer's blog? Don't worry. Be happy.  Throw out perfectionism and just write. Give yourself permission to put words on paper, even if the sentences does not come out perfectly.

3. Complete your task in short sprints

How does a multi-tasker achieve? That is how. 
Make sure your phone and email are turned off, so you can put your attention fully on the task of the moment.

4. Your Go-To Book is your new best friend in 2018

Our minds are never at rest.
You might have noticed that ideas and errands pop into your head all the time.  
Our natural urge is to act upon these chores right away.

The problem is that if you interrupt your task and entertain your thoughts,  to send an email or make a call, you will lose your train of thought – sometimes for the rest of the day.
If you try to resist the urge to act upon these to-do’s, the urge will just become stronger.
Your mind will not leave you alone until you do something about it.
But that does not mean that you have to send that email right away or make that phone call.
Why not capture the idea in your Go-To Book?
Instead of acting on urgent to-do’s right away, tuck them away safely in your little notebook, and attend to them after.
At least it will be out of your head and collected in one place. 
Calm the mind and it will perform best. 

Here's wishing the best YOU in 2018! 

Dee Dee Mahmood, multi award winning Celebrity Exercise Physiologist and Nutritionist, is the Academic Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University Australia. Her PhD research on obesity was chosen for its impact on obesity in Asia and was accepted and presented at the President's Cup Award, American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Annual Meeting in Tacoma, Washington. Ambassadors to brands like Reebok and Norwegian Seafood Council, this TEDX  Speaker has several signature community programs to her name, Fat2Fit Asia and Walking Football for Health Asia. She conducts  synergy on community and corporate health and research collaborations internationally.

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