1. Declutter your social media, shorten your timeline and save your scrolling time. It also helps you take control of what you consume. So much information out there is not useful or healthy.
  2. Schedule log in times for social media. Start with 3 times a day, morning, afternoon, and evening. Switch off your data, mute your phone or download apps to block social media when it is not time to log in
  3. Make a list of your daily to do lists, preferably in the evenings when it is quiet. From this list, create a new list by priority, what needs to be done first thing in the morning, what can be done after the tea break, what can be done over lunch and what can be done just before you leave work.
  4. It’s important to multitask where possible. Particularly the tasks that do not require you to apply your mind, routine things that can easily be done in conjunction with other things can save you lots of time e.g. typing a document over lunch or scheduling a phone call while making a meal etc.
  5. Delegate some tasks to others and focus on what only you can do.
  6. Avoid procrastination as it is a time thief unless you absolutely have to. Where possible, start each day on a clean slate so that should there be any surprises, you have time to deal with them. Starting your day on a clean slate makes you feel more organized and in control and therefore more confident.
  7. Next to procrastination, another time thief is Do your work to the best of your ability, cross check it for correctness and then let it go. Trust yourself and your capabilities and move on to the next task. If it turns out wrong, use that as a learning curve, however the worst thing you can do, is to seek perfection. You will never be a perfect anything. Perfectionism is also an uncontrollable wildfire that also spreads into all aspects of your life.
  8. Track your time from the time you get up in the morning to the time you go to bed. Account for each and every minute and see where huge chunks of your time are being spent. This will help you add more time to important activities and reduce time to less important activities. When you can have a solid time plan, at a glance, it is easy to assess it’s workability. Where you’re happy with how you spend your time, stick to a routine, wake up at the same time daily and go to bed at the same time daily. Make use of time planning apps that can help you with reminders throughout the day.
  9. Find accountability partners to check up on your progress and help you implement these strategies. It could be your family members or workmates e.g. they could help take your phone away if you have exceeded the social media time allowance. They can also remind you of what needs to be done when you are distracted.
  10. Look after yourself. Schedule your me time in order to recharge your batteries. It also helps to have a reward system for yourself whenever you do well, to stay motivated.

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