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.
When time is tight, start setting limits on how long it takes you to do things. For example, rather than browsing the Internet when you have to check email, just allow yourself five minutes to read and respond to your messages. Cut out the excess, stop wasting time and keep yourself on schedule.
If you want to become an expert at time management, you have to develop a strategy for dealing with distractions. An extraneous problem can make it hard (or even impossible) for you to complete the work you need to do. Try setting aside a fixed portion of your working day for distractions. As they come up, make a note of them and deal with them only when their time has come.
When you find yourself constantly late and missing deadlines, consider getting a bigger clock and putting it in a place where it stares you down all the time. Studies show that when people can see a clock during the day, they mentally gravitate toward more time-saving efforts! Try this at home and the office to better manage your time.
Keep a diary of how you are spending your time. Do this for about 3 days. You will be able to see what you are spending time on. You can then determine what is necessary to spend time doing and what isn’t necessary. Figure out how to manage your time better.
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.
If you feel that you are always running out of time, look at your problems with fresh eyes. Look at the ways you tackle problems and tasks. If you aren’t finishing tasks, think about the reason you aren’t. Figure out what is working for you and then what areas you need to improve on.
Make some priorities in your tasks. Sometimes, meaningless tasks can get in the way of your day. Knowing what is important to you can help you organize your time. Create a to-do list and then start with the most important tasks.
In order to become a master of time management, you need to keep both the short- and the long-term in mind. Although it may feel more productive to concentrate on one task exclusively until it’s complete, weigh that feeling against the bigger picture. If you’re putting off major jobs in order to finish minor ones, you may be wasting a great deal 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.