Time management is the process of planning and controlling how much time to spend on specific activities. Good time management enables an individual to complete more in a shorter period of time, lowers stress, and leads to career success.
Every individual has different goals and different productivity methods, therefore no one can claim to be an expert in managing time efficiently. Time management is different for every individual depending on their priorities, motivation, and so on. Personal preferences and passions also determine how much time one will dedicate to different activities. Some people enjoy long walks, while some people will find working out to be more important. One individual may enjoy playing chess, while another person may find watching television to be more rewarding. Time management can only be achieved if one knows how to make the most out of each moment. The more efficiently you manage time, the happier you can be, so adopting some effective time management skill can only benefit you and those you choose to surround yourself around.
Here are some of the best time management tips that you can use to get more out of your day:
- Schedule your daily activities and write them down in the planner or your calendar
- Keep your priorities straight and meet deadlines
- Automate work tasks to make them easier
- Develop a habit to immediately complete any work task before the deadline
- Block off 20-30 minutes at the end of your day to reflect and make any necessary revisions
Most people fail at time management because they don’t prioritize tasks. Here’s a tip on how to prioritize tasks and goals.
Identify the most important and high priority tasks to accomplish. What do you enjoy doing the most, getting your children ready for school or volunteering at the local school? Consider a simple way to prioritize the high priority tasks on your personal to-do list. Tasks are ranked from the top down: Critical Worthwhile Tasks you might just have to show up for. Consider this example: at the top of your to-do list is updating your social media. Do you enjoy social media? If so, it is a critical task. Can you complete the task in 30 minutes? Next comes calling your mother or sister in the afternoon. Your mother has been calling you all day. There are pressing matters at home.
Putting these time management strategies will help you stay focused on your work and get more done during the day and more time to enjoy the life you are creating. Let me know how it goes!