By now, if you have been adhering closely to a timetable, prioritising your task, and avoiding procrastination like the plague, you should be more equipped with being able to optimise your time and performing your tasks effectively. However, how can you be more completely sure that you have efficiently optimised your time for the day?
Introducing an interesting method called “The Reverse Flow Technique”. Don’t worry; it’s not as complicated as it sounds. It simply involves doing the following:
- List down the things you have done for the day.
- Join the list in the chronological order that you have performed them.
- Example: Bath, Breakfast, Work on Internet business, Lunch, Check email, Read newspaper, Work some more on Internet Business, Dinner, Watch tv, Sleep
Now reverse the order, starting from the last to the first task. Count the time taken for each task you performed. Accumulate the time taken. If the accumulated time is close to or very close to twenty four hours, then it means that you have efficiently optimised your time for the day. Congratulations! If not, work towards allocating appropriate and sufficient time the next time you do your tasks. Then repeat the reverse flow technique again and see if you have fully optimised the time for the day.
This is a simple yet effective way to check for time optimisation. But don’t worry if your accumulated time is less than 24 hours. This simply means that you may have to make a few adjustments to your goals, plans and your timetable to better manage your time.