Just about everyone suffers from a lack of time nowadays. There are so many events, responsibilities and activities we must juggle, that it can seem as though true enjoyment of life is an impossibility. However, by spending a few hours reviewing some effective time management techniques, you really can find relief.
Take some time to schedule some time for your interruptions. You need to be able to plan some time that you can be taken away from from the tasks you’re working on. For instance, maintaining concepts similar to “office hours.” Office hours can be thought of as planned interruptions.
The first 30 minutes of the start of your day should be used for planning the entire day. Do not begin your day until you have completed a plan that includes the times that everything is to be done. You can consider this time block used for scheduling your day one of the most important times of your day.
Create a to-do list every morning before you begin your work. Sometimes time is eaten up in the day simply because you don’t have a plan. Even a light sketch of a plan, like a simple to-do list is enough to save you precious minutes, even hours, during the day.
Take about five minutes before your tasks and calls for deciding what results you wish to achieve. This can help you see success before you begin. It can also slow down some time. Try taking about five minutes after every activity and call to figure out if you achieved the desired outcome. If you didn’t, what did you miss? How can add the missing element to the next task?
Every morning, work out a schedule for the day. Get something to write with and some paper and jot down a list of the thing you’re trying to get done and how long those things will take. By incorporating a schedule each day it will help you effectively manage your time.
Set some time for review at the end of your day. This time is used for reflecting on all that you did during the day. You can go over what worked, what needed work, and what you can do the next day. You can even get started on the schedule for the following day during this time.
Sometimes, time management problems arise because you do not say “no”. When you take on more than you can handle, of course you will not finish all of your tasks on time. When a new task is thrust upon you and you already have a full schedule, either give a firm “no” or defer the task to a later period of time.
Nobody wants to admit it, but the frantic schedules most of us lead have led to a substantial amount of unhappiness. Just about everyone wishes they could schedule their days in a more effective manner so that life is just a bit more fun. Fortunately, the advice found above is a great place to begin that very process.