As National Time Management Month comes to a close, we wanted to share one last bit of advice on improving your time management skills. While we are certainly not expecting any miracles here, it is important to remember that learning to manage your time more effectively is a process that takes time and being able to tap into different tools definitely improves the chances of being successful.
In a recent article posted on Entrepreneur.com , the writer talks about 7 habits that are sabotaging productivity and happiness. While not all of this is related to time management per se, it does provide a look at ways to reclaim some of your time, while making your life better in the process. Our favorite tip, which shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, is stop using your phone as an alarm (yes, we've said this before but we're going to say it again!).
We understand that a smartphone doubles nicely as an alarm, but have you thought about the downside of doing this? In fact, how many people gaze at their phones for the last hour of the night? Constantly responding to that last ping, beep or whatever until you can't keep your eyes open any longer?
Well, it seems that almost 54 percent of more than 2,000 adults, according to Lookout's "Mobile Mindset Study" conducted by Harris Interactive in 2012, said they "check their phones while lying in bed: before they go to sleep, after they wake-up, even in the middle of the night".
So, as we say goodbye to February, here's a challenge- find a new way to wake-up in the morning. Turn your phone off at night (power down and all), get a good night's sleep and use a timer like the TCL Pulse by Amplifyze to wake you up in the morning. No bright lights, no distractions - just a simple alarm that's sole responsibility is being an alarm. Try it, you might actually feel better about things in the morning!!
Ohhh and don't forget to comment below to share your ideas/tips on the best ways to manage time and be more productive.