Learning essential time management skills is sadly not something everyone does while growing up. The results of that failure can include missed appointments, blown deadlines and a generally uncomfortable life. Fortunately, the information below can make a big difference in streamlining your days and making you a far happier individual.
Assign a time to any activity or conversation that is important to your goals. Too many things on a to-do list make them hard to complete. You can also use appointment books. Schedule personal appointments and make time blocks for those conversations, actions and thoughts. Schedule their beginnings and endings. Make sure you complete them on schedule.
An area that many people have trouble with in time management is setting deadlines. You have to set deadlines and stick to them. Any task you have is going to take a certain amount of time and if you have a deadline for your tasks, your life will run smoothly.
If you have a task that you have been dreading, break it up into several sittings. If you work on the project for ten or fifteen minutes at a time, you can get through it much easier. You will not have to dwell on the stress and pain that you are going through while doing it.
Staying on task can really improve your life. Avoid distractions while you’re working on a task. Sometimes, people try to put priorities into your time for you as you work. Say no. Complete tasks one at a time.
Get rid of distractions. Things that distract you can cause you to pay attention to them instead of what you should be working on. If the television is on and you are watching it instead of doing what you need to do, turn it off and work on your task.
Consider Pareto’s Rule when considering time management. Really the lion’s share of your focused work (80%) gets done in 20% of your time. That’s normal and not the sign of someone inefficient. The human brain needs down time to adjust and renew itself. Make sure you give yourself breaks and periods where less is expected.
Managing a home, family and career can be very demanding. It is essential that you create a realistic plan that will help you organize your time and your energy effectively. If your children are old enough, assign age-appropriate household duties to them, and realize you are helping them learn to manage their time also.
Make your lunch the night before. If you go to work every day and think you “don’t have time” to figure out your lunch in the morning, do it the night before. That way, you can create your lunch without rushing. Not only that, but that simple step will stop you from spending so much money eating out.
A lack of time management ability is something that way too many people suffer from these days. Just taking a bit of time to learn some key techniques is a great way to simplify life and make each of your family members much more content. Review the advice above as needed, and get to managing your time much more effectively.