3 Simple Things You Must Learn To Save Time

Time is of the essence. The demands on your time are ever-increasing, and you must become good at managing it. The more time you can save, the more time you have to invest in activities that matter most to you.

Currently, you may be feeling overwhelmed because of all the activities you’re trying to tackle. And you would welcome any way you can find to save a little bit of time.

If you want to save time, you must learn these three simple things.

1. Learn to Say, “No”

You can’t do everything that comes your way; you just don’t have enough time and energy to do it all. And if you’re working on important projects and pursuing ambitious goals, you can’t accept all the invitations you receive. There’s a limit to the tasks and activities you can fit into your schedule. Therefore, you must learn to say “no” to unimportant tasks and activities so that you can say “yes” to the most important ones.

As it was said, “good is the enemy of best.” You must learn to ignore the good so that you can focus on the best. When you say yes to the good, it means that you either have to forgo the best or sacrifice some hours of sleep to make up for the time spent on the good. None of these options are ideal.

You’re responsible for giving your attention and putting your efforts on meaningful tasks and activities. Thus, you must discipline yourself to say “no” to the rest.

2. Learn From Experts

Life is too short for you to learn everything by yourself. There is a slew of people that have traveled down the path before you. And you can learn from them. When you leverage the experience and expertise of others, you save yourself time. Of course, you’re going to make mistakes along the way. However, by learning from experts, you can avoid some and more importantly, you can accelerate your learning journey; you don’t have to figure everything out on your own.

When you isolate yourself and try to travel the journey on your own, you slow down your progress and make it harder on yourself than it needs to be. Get this. No one makes it alone—especially if you set ambitious goals for yourself.

Around you, there are people who are willing and able to help you. Humble yourself and learn from them.

3. Learn to Use the Right Tools

Using inefficient tools, not only wastes time but causes frustration and sometimes injury. Imagine having to drive a nail with a spoon, not a hammer; or having to cut through a piece of 4 x 4 with a knife, not a saw; or having to keep up with the progress of a large-scale project without the use of any computing systems. My guess is you would struggle, get frustrated, and perhaps give up. Certainly, you would waste a lot of time because of your ineffectiveness.

Working with the right tools is crucial to your effectiveness. Always, seek to use the best tools at your disposal. When you’re doing meaningful work, you can’t be cheap; you must invest in your tools.

If your work is valuable to you, it deserves that you use the best tools possible. This implies that you identify the right tools for your work and take the time to become proficient at using them. There’s no point of getting a hammer and a saw if you’re not going to learn how to use them effectively.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.