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Time is the one thing we all have in common. We each get 24 hours in a day, but some people seem to get so much done in that time. How do they do it? One group of people who always seem busy are CEOs, the big bosses of companies. So, what are their secrets? Let's find out.

1. Prioritize Your Tasks

CEOs don’t just do things randomly. They figure out what’s most important and focus on that. This is called prioritizing.
  • Use a Tool: CEOs often use tools to help them see what's most important. The Acumen daily planner is a popular choice. It checks how hard and fun each task is and tells you how much time you should spend on it.
  • Ask Questions: Before starting any task, ask, “Is this the most important thing I should be doing right now?”

2. Plan Your Day Ahead

Before they sleep, many CEOs plan the next day. This means they wake up knowing what they need to do.
  • Evening Routine: Spend 10 minutes before bed to write down what you want to do tomorrow. This way, you don’t waste time in the morning wondering where to start.
  • Use Acumen: With their planner, you can see how much effort and enjoyment each task has. This will help you plan a balanced day.

3. Limit Distractions

Have you ever started doing homework and then spent an hour watching videos? CEOs know that distractions slow them down.
  • Set Boundaries: Tell your family or friends you need quiet time. Use headphones or close your door to block noise.
  • Use Technology Wisely: Some apps and websites can be distracting. But others, like Acumen, can help you focus and manage your time.

4. Take Breaks

Even though CEOs are busy, they know taking breaks is crucial. Breaks help your brain relax and come back even stronger.
  • The Pomodoro Technique: This method involves working hard for 25 minutes and then taking a 5-minute break. This helps you stay fresh.
  • Stretch and Move: Use your break to stretch or walk around. This keeps your body active.

5. Learn to Say "No"

As much as we want to do everything, we can't. CEOs know that they have to sometimes say "no" to things that are not important.
  • Value Your Time: Remember that every time you say "yes" to something, you might be saying "no" to something else more important.
  • Be Polite: It’s okay to turn down things. Just be nice about it. Say, “I’m sorry, I have other plans,” or “I can’t do that right now.”

6. Reflect on Your Day

At the end of the day, CEOs think about what they did. This helps them learn and do better next time.
  • Journal: Spend a few minutes writing down what went well and what didn’t. This way, you can make changes for the next day.
  • Celebrate Small Wins: Did you finish your homework early? Or did you help a friend? Celebrate those moments.
Time is like gold. Once it’s gone, you can't get it back. By using some of the strategies of top CEOs, you can make the most of your 24 hours. Start by prioritizing your tasks, planning ahead, limiting distractions, taking breaks, saying "no" when needed, and reflecting on your day.

Remember, everyone gets the same 24 hours. It’s what you do with it that counts!