But while he and other bright minds grapple with the concept of time, the rest of us are left to discover how to make the most of that portion that’s allocated to us.
One hard concept we do know about it is this:
Once the moment is gone, it’s gone forever.
Even for someone in his 20s, that’s a harsh fact.
It’s why one of the principles of the Dot Com lifestyle asserts that your real currency is time. Money just allows you to reclaim more of it to spend as you desire.
With that in mind, here are 25 tips and tricks to manage your allocation wisely. Some of them will directly save time. Others will improve the quality of your work, leading to time being refunded to you in the long run.
And while not all of this list may be relevant to those who are already successful in the Dot Com lifestyle, they serve as further motivation to attain it. Not having to take them into account means you’re already saving time!
20. Create habits
Now, that you know your optimal work flow, your next goal is to replicate this practice each day. The answer: habit. Without getting into too much detail, the basal ganglia governs that part of the brain where habits take place as well as having some connection in choosing what routines reap the most reward. In short, we spend less effort thinking when performing a habit. If you come up with a habit that incorporates your optimal work flow, you may find that motivation will come naturally. For example, let’s say you’re an early bird. An ideal habit would be to wake up, brush your teeth, fix your bed, eat breakfast, and then immediately get into your productive mode.
15. Keep sleep consistent
Let’s be real. When was the last time you had seven hours of sleep? If you’re twitching over a cup of coffee, chances are you haven’t gotten much. Sleep is a natural way to rejuvenate your body. In fact, research shows that little sleep in the long run will hinder performance. If you really can’t afford at least seven hours, then consider this: do you sleep at the same time every day? That may actually be better than the amount of sleep you get. This contributes to maintaining your body’s internal clock and keeping your optimal workflow consistent.
10. Over-estimate when dealing with people
Whenever you plan events with other people, such as a family gathering or romantic date, you cannot calculate time to the minute. Good quality human interaction is not precise. If you rush a social event, the quality of a personal relationship deteriorates. Would you want to hang out with someone who keeps looking at their watch, thinking of other things than the current conversation? Compensate by over-estimating the amount of time for the event.
5. Implement periodized training
This idea is best applied to learning new skills. Much like exercise, you want to prioritize one task or goal a few weeks — or months — at a time. Think of it as periodized training. Say, you want to learn to play guitar and improve your Spanish. Each of these skills requires dexterity, something that can’t be acquired in small sessions a day. So instead of spending 45 minutes on each one every day, focus one month on Guitar sessions lasting about an hour and 15 minutes a day and just 15 minutes of learning Spanish. When that one month is up — or when you feel you’ve hit a plateau with guitar — switch to focusing on Spanish. With this training schedule, you’re at least at an intermediate level with a few skills instead of a beginner at both.