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.
To better manage the time you have in a day, have a plan for it! Always sit down the night before and make a list of what you must get done. Prioritize everything on the list and cross tasks off one by one as you accomplish them. Get into this habit, and you should reach more goals and have more time in the day.
If you’re having a hard time fitting all your tasks into the day, try using a calendar to make things easier. Hang one on your fridge or keep a desk calendar handy at work. Mark your priorities with a given time to get things accomplished and you should be able to operate more efficiently with a little time left over.
One excellent time management tool is the good old fashioned calendar. Many people like to use paper calendars that can be written on. For others, the best choice is a phone based calendar or one they keep on their computer. Whatever type you prefer, a calendar will help you manage your time more effectively by keeping your tasks straight.
Try to avoid answering the phone or e-mails just because they ring or appear. If you can, try disabling or disconnecting instant messaging. You don’t need to instantly give people attention unless it’s essential to the instant human response aspect of your business. You should try scheduling time for returning calls and answering emails.
Sometimes, people have problems with time management because they do not set a time limit on tasks they need to accomplish. Write down each task that needs to be finished on your daily schedule. Now, set a time when each task should be finished. As an example, if your have morning correspondence, then set 10am as the time all correspondence must be completed.
Staying focused and on task will help streamline your life. Don’t let yourself get distracted while working on any tasks. People sometimes try to give you other projects while you are working on a project. Don’t allow people to do this. Complete one thing prior to moving on to another one.
Consider not wearing a watch. It sounds counterintuitive to time management, but some people are clock watchers. They get focused on the time, to the detriment of actual time management. You need to free yourself of this to really focus. In fact, you’ll find that it’s quite liberating and effective to just get down to work without being the slave of a clock or watch.
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.