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Productivity Tip #1 | “Time and tide wait for no man”

“Time and tide wait for no man” is an Old English proverb that basically means that procrastination isn’t ever a good idea. Tide doesn’t necessarily refer to our common understanding of the word to mean the rise and fall of the seas, but more like a period of time. So, what does this have to do with it being a productivity tip? Everything!

Who needs this productivity tip?

Do you have tasks that needed to get done yesterday?  Are they still sitting on your to-do list?  Do you know how much time you wasted today?  If you’ve answered “yes” to at least two of these questions, mostly the first two, you will definitely benefit from this productivity tip.  And if you answered “no” to the last one, then you’ve definitely wasted a LOT of your time!  Otherwise, your answer would have been a loud “I don’t waste time!”, and I would’ve heard it! 😀

Schedule your tasks as appointments on your calendar

Studies show that anything that goes on your to-do list is most likely to remain a “wish”.  The best thing you can do is schedule your important tasks as appointments on your calendar.  Or, if you use the Reminders app on your iPhone, you could easily set up a reminder for a certain time. I’m not an Android user, but I’m certain there are powerful scheduling apps out there.

On your iPhone, you have the ability to set up notifications for certain times of day and also for when you leave from or arrive at specific places.  I even have reminders set up to notify me of my tasks as I get into or out of my car.  I invariably set up two alerts so that even if I miss the first notification, I wouldn’t miss the second one.  You should do the same.  Basically, just do anything that gets you moving so you can get things done!

When you share, you show you care!

If you liked this productivity tip, please share with your friends or family that need it most!  Go on, you know who I’m talking about! 🙂

Do you have any techniques or tools you use to stay on top of things all the time?  Please share them in the comments.

Look out for the next tip coming soon! You can also check out the blog post on time blocking here.

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