Are your time management techniques not working out too well? When it comes to managing time, there are a few things that people leave out. Below are 7 tips for more effective time management.
1. Spend enough time organizing and planning.
User your time to think and plan. Organize in a way that you understand. If you want to categorize things by color or want to draw pictures for planning, feel free to do it. The best way to plan and organize your time is the way that you understand it.
2. Use a to do list.
Some people have better time management when using a to do list. Some people even add a to do list and a schedule. Whether you prefer doing just one of these or both, whatever method is best for you will work.
3. Have flexibility.
Allow time for interruptions and distractions in your schedule. Plan for about 50 percent of your time. If you plan this way, you’ll be able to handle interruptions or an emergency without your schedule being messed up. If you do go over, look for the most important task that you have to do next and start to get back on track from there.
4. Know the times you work best.
The time of the day that you work best is the best time to plan. Are you a morning person, night person, or late afternoon? knowing the best time you are more alert is the right time to plan out and use time management.
5. Get rid of urgent tasks.
Urgent tasks have short-term consequences, while important tasks have long-term ones and are goal related. Try to reduce the amount of urgent tasks that you have so that you will have time for your important ones. Try highlighting these tasks to keep them from becoming urgent emergencies.
If you have a long task to do, try to break it into smaller tasks and do it one at a time. Eventually, you will get to a point of where you are finished. This is better to do than nothing because you’ll eventually finish-instead of not finishing at all.
7. Reward yourself.
Every time you have a task, promise yourself a reward for completing each one of them. Keep this promise to yourself. Doing this will help you to maintain the balance between work and play, and keep you focused and determined on your tasks.
Hopefully, these seven tips above will give you the ability to have the most effective time management that you’ve ever had.