We all procrastinate from time to time (and sometimes this is not a bad thing!)
But for some, procrastination can be the difference between a productive work day and not getting all the right things done. If this sounds like you. then you clearly need some help developing your focus and your time management skills.
Lucky for you, time management is a skill that anyone can learn. This can be done by simply putting alot of effort into your schedule and not allowing yourself to be too distracted. Read on for some great time management tips that you can use to help increase your focus and productivity.
First, take time to develop a goals list. You can do this on the computer if you want but paper and pen is best. This way, when you feel your focus start to wander, you can pull out the list and look at it. You will be able to remind yourself where you need to focus without spending too much time off task.
You taking the time to write out your goals will help you feel as though they are more concrete than a word document that can easily be erased at will. Goals don’t have to be monsterous, in fact they can be as small as you need them to be. So why not write them down. Taking a large task and separating it out into smaller chunks is a basic but very effective time management strategy (in fact, it is something I suggest on my epic 40 ways to stop procrastinating guide, and which has worked well for many people).
When you do this, large projects are not so intimidating, as you can work at them in stages (basically, more manageable pieces). It’s often more enjoyable to work this way too, as you can focus on different aspects of the project at different times. The fact is, when you have a very large challenge to complete, you are likely to put it off as long as possible. Whether we admit it or not, we are likely to avoid large projects that we aren’t sure how to start. When the large project has been divided into smaller parts, it no longer seems unmanageable, and you can start to work on it.
Delegation is something everyone adept at time management knows how to do when necessary. It’s hard to be efficient if you have to do everything yourself. The trick of delegating is to find others who can do the smaller, less important tasks for you. Then you can devote more time to your true objectives. It’s hard to focus on the big picture if you’re constantly dealing with tiny details.
The fact is, some people don’t delegate because they feel uneasy about it. If you make it a habit, though, it will soon feel perfectly normal. It takes time to develop good time management habits. If you catch yourself procrastinating, remember that it’s a common problem. Modern life has many distractions.
We all have lazy days, and days that are unproductive (I still have these occasionally, and I’ve been working on this stuff for years). This is normal and not something to fear. All you can do is focus on improving in the future. Don’t try to do everything at once; work on what’s most important in this moment. At some point, you will find that you are a lot more efficient and productive. It won’t even seem like hard work. Then your time management abilities will have reached a new level of comprehensiveness and usefulness.
To learn more about improving your skills of time management, Tim Ferriss the best selling author of the 4hr Work Week, take a look at the video below. You can also source a copy of his book click here