In a hurry and want to learn how to manage your time more effectively? These five quick-and-easy time management tips will help to ensure that you are making the best use possible of those precious minutes, hours, and days:
1. Create A Daily Action Plan.
Never go into your day without being armed with a to-do list; an action plan to keep you on track and ensure that you don’t waste time on unnecessary tasks. The best way to achieve this is at night before retiring jot down those tasks that you want to achieve the next day. This is a great habit to get into because as soon as you rise you are quickly able to see what you have set out for the day. This is particularly important for the busy people amongst us, due to the pressure of work that drags our focus away from what we want to achieve.
2. Know (And Accept) Your Limits.
You can’t get everything you want done in the amount of time you have, especially if you’re the kind of person who has high standards. Accept that there are limits to the amount of work you can complete and how effectively you can manage your time, and then work within those limits to avoid disappointment. Try to be realistic with the amount of time a task will take e.g. mowing the lawn might only take 15 minutes to achieve, however by the time you get everything ready, mow the lawn and put everything away again it could be 30-45 minutes in total. And then there are those among us who get lost in the shed for an extra hour.
3. Become More Efficient At What You Do.
No matter what work it is you do, there are bound to be ways to become more efficient at doing it. If you improve your working efficiency, then you can get more stuff done in less time. So just spend some time reviewing how you get things done, sometimes it may be worthwhile outsourcing tasks so that you can focus what is more important.
4. Avoid Distractions.
Nothing destroys effective time management more than being distracted by things such as social media, mobile phones, or even face-to-face interaction with colleagues. When your time is tight and you need to get stuff done, it’s imperative that you pull out all the stops to avoid distractions.
5. Take Regular Breaks. You can’t work hard all the time.
If you’ve got a big project or task to complete, then taking regular breaks will actually help you to manage your time more effectively by giving you motivation, allowing you to recharge your batteries, and giving you the opportunity to work out your next steps.
I hope you found these simple tips helpful. You may also find 40 ways to stop procrastination of assistance