Scientific American runs a series of posts by Sunny Sea Gold that are thoughtful, helpful, and interesting, such as “How to Be a Better Negotiator,” “How to Be a Better Boss,” and “How to Be a Better Friend.” Gold’s latest in the series is “How to Be a Better Time Manager.” And since we all value our time, I thought I’d share her tips and few quotes from her piece.
1. Meditate Mindfully
“There may not be any research linking meditation directly to time management, but mindfulness meditation has been shown to speed up information processing in the brain, improve memory, boost concentration and make tasks feel easier.”
2. Figure Out Why You Waste Time
“Everyone procrastinates, at least a little bit. And researchers have theorized that we have different reasons for it: arousal procrastinators get a rush from waiting until the last second, avoidant ones don’t want to face an undesirable task, and indecisive procrastinators are somewhat paralyzed by how to even start.”
3. Be a Little More Grateful
“In one study at the University of California, Davis, participants who kept a daily journal of things they were thankful for showed more enthusiasm, energy and determination than people who wrote neutral entries or kept track of annoyances.”
4. Try Pomodoro
“The basics: Set a timer and work for 25 minutes straight, without any interruptions or distractions, then take a five-minute break. After four cycles, take a longer, 15- to 20-minute break. Repeat until your task is finished.”
Please check out the article for more content about each tip, and please share with us how you manage your time well.