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Mental exercises to increase your time management

Posted in: Productivity Tips & Tools by i2Office on 24th August 2017

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Time is precious – once it’s gone, it’s gone. It becomes even more precious when you have a series of looming deadlines and colleagues depending on you. Time management is therefore one of the best skills you can have in your arsenal.


Learning and retaining good time management skills will help you cope better with deadline pressures and other forms of stress. Here are some mental exercises you can use to increase your productivity and program yourself to perform to the best of your ability, at all times.


Find some inner peace with meditation and mindfulness


As time trickles away, you’d be forgiven for thinking you cannot afford to give time to meditation. But, with meditation and mindfulness, time management becomes much easier.


One of the biggest drains on time is allowing our minds to oscillate between the past and the future. Granted, it’s difficult to avoid doing this, particularly when you’re increasingly aware of new projects or deadlines fast approaching. Meditation enables you to refocus on what is important in the present moment, meaning you can give your undivided attention to tasks that are important now.


Find a quiet, comfy space and spend some time alone in silence. Then, close your eyes and focus on your breathing, slowing it down and finding a sense of calm. See yourself as positive, happy and in complete control. Doing this daily, or even weekly, will strengthen your awareness, communication and willpower, boosting your ability to avoid distraction and aiding in the completion of tasks.


Harness the power of positive affirmations


If we all knew how powerful our thoughts were, we would never think a negative thought ever again. Maintaining a positive attitude will benefit your wellbeing in all aspects of your life, but to do this you program your mind to automatically do so.


Positive affirmations are encouraging statements that you drive from your conscious to subconscious mind until it becomes second nature. So, to get your day off on a positive note, start the morning with a positive affirmation such as:


“I can manage my time today, tomorrow and always!”


Repeat this again and again throughout the day, allowing your subconscious mind to accept this as truth in a spirit of faith and belief. With this, you come to realise that how positive behaviour will manifest in your internal programming, allowing you to balance work and achieve short term and long term goals.


Rewire your subconscious mind with visualisation


Another method you can use to program your subconscious mind is through visualization. Numerous studies have found that mentally performing tasks and activities over and over again can be as effective as actually performing the task physically.


To improve time management, visualise yourself as well organised and efficient at work. Consider times when you have performed well or when you’ve tackled a particularly large amount of work, and picture it. Visualise the sense of achievement you feel after completing a task, or a productive day free of distractions and interruptions.


The trick is to see an outcome in your own mind, before it has happened. The more you do this, the more you’ll notice that the outcomes you visualise are the outcomes that actually come to fruition in your physical activities.