Have you ever wondered how some people get so much done in so little time? Well, they certainly don’t have any magic trick up their sleeve. They simply practice effective time-management. It is the single most important skill that determines the level of success you can achieve. Effectively managing time is an art that helps you strike the perfect work-life balance. If you have time on your side, you certainly can achieve any goal you may set. Here are some tips to help you tame time.
1. Prioritize
When you arrange your tasks according to importance, you give yourself a roadmap on how to proceed. You will also have a better understanding of what to expect after completing each task. Needless to say, that you must begin with the most important task that you can think of.

2. Follow a routine

If you set up a routine, you can be assured you will have time for each of your tasks. More importantly, you will feel more organized and in control of situations.
Try to adopt healthy and constructive habits as a part of your daily routine. Charles Duhig in his book The Power Of Habit advocates embracing of healthy habits to systematically incorporate positivity.

Start each day by looking at yourself in the mirror, while you tell yourself, “I can do it as I believe in myself”. Throughout the day, as you keep on accomplishing each of your tasks, keep ticking your to-do-list on Trello and remember to pat your back.

3. Improve work quality
You must have heard the principle of working smarter and not harder. So, instead of working for long stretches, take short breaks. Time your breaks after you finish one activity and before you begin the next. Be careful to not upset your continuity
A study shows you should only work 52 minutes at a stretch and rest for 17 minutes before the next task. Scientists believe it increases your productivity significantly.
Indulge in activities that you really enjoy doing during your break but do not take up activities that may demand too much of your concentration or energy. Plunge right back to work with a fresh approach.
4. Learn to overlook
More often than not there are many unimportant facets that do not require much attention, yet you may engage in them. It simply leads you to end up losing time. Try to identify the time eating detail that doesn’t require your attention and forget about it. Make it a point to not waste your precious time over it. So, once you have concluded that something is not that important, let it go.
5. De-stress
If you find yourself losing on time without any significant work getting done, you should know that it is time to de-clutter your mind.
Make it a point to meditate regularly. Also, you should eat healthy so that you may never feel disoriented. Exercise a little, catch up with a family member or a friend, it will get you rejuvenated and give you a jumpstart even in the middle of the day. Go for that long overdue vacation, make an appointment at a spa, or go play some sport, even if it is gully cricket that makes you happy.
6. Say no to distractions
We all are a bit addicted to social media. Spending time on social media or even gaming from time to time. It actually drains you of energy and makes you lose precious time. So make sure when you are working, you turn off all the notifications for your social media and also practice to stay away from your beloved Xbox. Do not engage in checking scores for the on-going match. Remember to give your full concentration to the task at hand.
7. Set time-limit
You should always plan your tasks ahead. Before bed-time or early morning, it is an ideal time for planning and setting up schedules. While planning your task, set a time limit for each task. It will help you to set a goal and you will use time better.
8. Stop procrastinating
It is extremely common to feel overwhelmed if you find yourself stuck between piles of incomplete tasks. Even if you have too many things left unattended, remind yourself that you are committed to your goals. Take a deep breath and set about to finish the incomplete tasks. Never leave a task for later.
9. Waiting time
A significant share of time in a day is spent or rather wasted on waiting for something to happen. We wait for the traffic to move, we wait for food to be delivered, and we wait for all sorts of things.
In order to be at your productive best, utilize the waiting time well. Catch up on reading or going through the instructions in a manual you have been putting away or a pending coursework that you may have. Plan your waiting time according to your current needs or goals.
10. One thing at a time
In your daily routine, set some time specific tasks. For instance, instead of answering emails all day long, keep a time aside to go through all your emails. Similarly, take and make calls at a certain fixed time. You should pace all your tasks well. So, if you have a buffer between your tasks, just in case you could not complete one task at hand, use the buffer time effectively before going on to the next task and complete the one at hand.

Author's Bio: 

I am Tripti and I have 5 years of experience in content
writing as well as in digital marketing. I have worked
with Accenture, Group M and Logicserve digital throughout
my career and now I am working as a freelancer digital marketer.