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10 Time Management Mistakes Most People Fall Into

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10 Time Management Mistakes Most People Fall Into
If you pay attention to your everyday life careful enough, you'll know that you can learn from everything and everyone you come across. Our life is basically full of useful lessons that we should learn. Here are 26 useful things to learn that Abhishek A. Singh shared on Quora.

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Never thinking about tomorrow

Never thinking about tomorrow

When you think about how you are going to go through tomorrow, you will better equip yourself with what’s coming. 

When you envision or think about the coming days, you will feel more motivated because you are envisioning yourself creating the future you want and moving one step closer toward your dreams.

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Not planning ahead

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

A lot of people wake up late on the weekend. They spend most of their time thinking about what to do, what to eat and where to go. You don’t have to plan every minute or every hour for your weekend. 

You can plan for 3 to 5 activities that you want to do during your weekend.

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Starting the day late

Great people share one thing in common: they all wake up early to do their most important task and they exercise before they get to the office. If you start your day late, you will feel rushed throughout the whole day.

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Focusing on the wrong thing

Many people have difficulty managing their time because they focus on doing the wrong thing. 

If you want to be productive, you must make sure you are working on things that really matter and things that will move you toward your goals and targets.

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Getting distracted

Getting distracted
We get distracted when some other things seem more “interesting” to us. As long as you focus on your targets and always keep your goals in your mind, it will shield you from distractions.

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No aims, targets and goals

Most people never really have a goal or target. That is why most of them go through life without passion and motivation. 

It is when you are absolutely clear about what you want to accomplish in your life that you will be able to come up with the right things to do and manage your time properly.

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Not having a to-do list

Having a to-do list is always much better than not having one. The list helps you understand what you need to get done. 

A to-do list prepares us for what is coming and it reminds us of what we need to do. 

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No rest and all work

No rest and all work
You need to find a balance between resting and working. Some people can work till late at night and still feel motivated to do more, while some people can’t take it after 6 p.m.
Success is a journey and not a destination. You need to rest in order to get more done.

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Not moving forward

Sometimes you will feel that you are too free or you wasted too much time on unnecessary activities and you are not moving forward at all. 

This is the time when you need to think about your goals and what you need to get done. This is why you need a to-do list too. You want to turn getting things done into a habit so that you will know how much work you can take each day.

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Being a perfectionist

Always adopt the mindset of "ready, fire and aim" instead of "ready, aim and fire" approach. Always remember that no one is perfect in this world. We learn the most from our mistakes, not from our successes. 

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Richard Branson

“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes—then learn how to do it later!”

Richard Branson

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Eye signals

  • Eye gaze: Directly eye contact indicates interest and paying attention. Prolonged eye contact can feel threatening.
  • Blinking:  People often blink more rapidly when t...

Lip signals

  • Pursed lips: an indicator of distaste, disapproval, or distrust.
  • Lip biting: signals people are worried, anxious, or stressed.
  • Covering the mouth: used when people want to hide an emotional reaction.
  • Turned up or down: When the mouth is slightly turned up, it might mean that the person is feeling happy or optimistic. A slightly down-turned mouth can be an indicator of sadness/ disapproval.

Gestures

  • A clenched fist indicates anger in some situations or solidarity in others.
  • A thumbs up and thumbs down: gestures of approval and disapproval.
  • The "okay" gesture: "okay" or "all right." In some parts of Europe, the same signal is used to imply you are nothing. In some South American countries, the symbol is actually a vulgar gesture.
  • The V sign: peace or victory in some countries. In the UK and Australia, the symbol takes on an offensive meaning when the back of the hand is facing outward.

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Common errors when reading people

  • Ignoring context: Crossed arms don’t mean much if the room is cold or the chair they’re sitting in doesn’t have armrests. 
  • Not looking for clusters: It’s a consisten...

Trusting your instincts

Your first impressions are usually pretty accurate. But whether they are wrong or right, first impressions affect us in a big way and we are slow to change them.

You have to be willing to update them quite rapidly. 

Reading first impressions

  • Studies show that if someone seems extroverted, confident, religious or conscientious, they probably are.
  • We all pay more attention to pretty people, and so we tend to take the time to evaluate them.
  • If you want to know if someone is good at their job, watch them do it for 30-60 seconds. 
  • Funny people are smart: Effective humor production acts as an honest indicator of intelligence in humans.

Don’t Think You Know Everything

Understand that life is not about impressing others with what you know. It’s about fulfillment, collaboration, and the common good.

If you want to achieve those thing...

Never Blame People For Your Unhappiness

As a child, you’re taken care of by others. Hence, you assume that someone is responsible for you.

When you grow up, you are responsible for you. So never look at others when you’re unhappy. Instead, accept your unhappiness, and then do something about it.

Stop Wasting Time On Losers

There’s a big chance the people in your environment don’t strive for the same things as you. Many people live a timid life. People who don’t want anything from life and who spend their time watching tv.

Don’t give your time to those people. You might become one of them.