Time is precious. The pace of today’s lifestyle is seemingly unending, the day’s too short; finding time to fit in all of life’s demands, committing to family and friends, and having a successful working life, can sometimes feel impossible to achieve. 

However, optimising your time to the best of your ability will contribute greatly to your general wellbeing. Cutting back on unnecessary time wasting is an essential part of happy living, and can greatly reduce stress, anxiety and frustration, whilst allowing you more opportunities to unwind and enjoy.

Here are 6 top tips on optimising your time, and for being the most productive worker you can be: 

Prioritise

The first step to being productive is to prioritise what tasks need completion first, and which can wait.

It’s typically easier to opt for the easier, smaller tasks first, but this means further procrastination, and more time wasted. The clearer you are about what you need to do, the more likely you’ll get it done.

Small tasks accumulate quickly, and if you try and focus on getting those out of the way first you’ll be no closer to getting the bigger, more time consuming chunks of work done.

Commit 

Fully committing your mind to the work at hand is the first step towards completion.

When you’ve decided what task to tackle first, don’t allow it to drift away from you again - grab it with both hands and commit yourself to it, ensuring that nothing else gets in the way of it.

Without a significant level of commitment, you are more susceptible to procrastination and thinking it can be left until later - the more you commit to something, the more likely you’ll get it done quicker.

Be Realistic

That being said, committing to too much at once isn’t the way to go about it.

Being honest about what you can realistically achieve in a particular time period is important. If your goals are too unachievable, you might become quickly disappointed and disengaged by what you might see as lack of progress.

Set short, achievable goals for yourself - progress builds momentum, and good momentum means good productivity.

Rest

It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that cramming as much work as you can into a day is the most efficient way to work - but this is crucially not the case. 

Making enough time for sleep is essential in guaranteeing a productive lifestyle. With enough rest, you’ll have more energy to commit your mind to the task at hand, without dozing off during an important lecture or whilst reading useful notes.

Medical experts recommend that at least 7-8 hours of sleep is required to ensure a healthy, focused mind. This also helps develop a routine that will give your body stability and balance from which it can work more effectively.

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Plan Ahead

Foresight is a very useful skill to practice. Being aware of how much time you have to complete a task is also crucial - the more aware you are, the less likely you’ll exceed your deadline. 

Without planning ahead, you might find yourself in the sticky situation in which you have no other choice but to stay up until 4am on deadline day finishing that essay you were given weeks to complete, or a similar situation.

Planning ahead also (and most importantly) will mean less stress about an approaching deadline. If you do the work as soon as you can after you receive it, you’ll have far less to worry about.

Balance

Commitment to family, friends and work often makes it hard to fit study into your routine. Night courses and weekend courses provide some release for this situation, but it’s hard to find courses that offer flexible schedules.

Balance is an essential part of optimising time. Spending too much time on one thing affects the amount of time you have to spend on other things, and so the balance must be even, depending on your priorities.

At Access Training Academies, we understand the importance of balancing study with family life, and also the possible necessity of continuing to work part time in order to provide for you and your family whilst attending our trade skill training courses.

Access Training courses give you the option not only to study a full time course, but also to study a part-time weekend course. That is, splitting the course into weekend segments, rather than completing it in the week

With our flexible full time or part time courses and the option of free accommodation, Access Training courses are designed with you in mind, to be fully accommodating to suit your needs.

Call us on 0800 345 7492 and talk to our course advisors. They will be sure to put you on the right path to balancing your trade skill course around your life.