Time management

As a productivity junkie, I have spent many years trying to optimizing how I manage my time to get the best out of my life. Below are some summarised tips I have curated over my life.
  1. Write down the things you have to do in your life

  2. Seperate them into 4 categories: important urgent, important, urgent, none

  3. Use a visual planner like Google Calendar or a scheduler; use whatever that will allow you review your schedule consistently; most of the time people plan something and never go back to review them. Time/task management is a skill that you need to implement every single day; when this habit transforms into a lifestyle; it is easier to navigate through life with organization.

  4. Develop a routine or system. Eg. Create your "working hours"

On waking up early

I am sure most of you have always wanted to wake up early, and start working on personal creative projects, exercising, or read a novel but you often succumb to the pleasure of laying in the comfort of your bed. I am not immune to that but over summer of 2019, I found a routine that allowed me to wake up at 4am every single day without much sleep inertia.

I am not going to advocate for that productivity trend in which they say waking up at 4am changes your life; you do you and what's works for you. If you get the best work done as a nightowl, then stick with that. I personally just find my energy at the highest in the morning allowing me to do work. Here is what you can try:

  1. If you are using your phone as your primary clock then before you sleep, charge your phone in another room or at least 5 metres away from you AND put a glass of water on top of your phone. Hence, when you have to deactivate your alarm, you have to pick up the glass of water (and hopefully drink it; that should freshen you up.

  2. Put a chair or something you can sit on near your phone/alarm clock so you can sit down and ease into awakeness.

If you are unable to wake up early or at whatever time you set yourself to, chances are:

  1. You are actually sleep-deprived from school or work

  2. You sleep at late hours, and unable to get your 7 hours of rest

  3. You spend too much with screens and bluelights before you sleep

Do a self-assessment, and see what habits in your life are inhibiting your sleep schedule.

Time = money mental model

  1. Time into money to avoid stress. It is very easy to overwork yourself if you do not set limits. Yes I do believe you need to grind harder than most to make the most progress in the creative journey. But there is a strategy to it to avoid burnout, and achieve optimal gains. Number one is self-assessment and awareness.

  2. How much can you get done in X number of hours. When is your optimal work hours.

    One of problems I faced in college was the fact that I feel stressed when I am not working or taking a break. I feel terrible if I sleep in on weekends. I somehow conditioned myself to be a work machine. That's not good. Balance needs to be retain.Imagine you are working for a company, and they can only pay you for 40 hours a week.

Most of time we operate life with an abstract number of hours to do the things we want to do in life; it seems that we never enough time to do what we want to. However if you do the math, you actually at least 4 hours to do that. (WIP)