Time flies when you’re having fun, but sometimes when you’re at work or you have loads to get done it feels like the clock waits for no one. We all want to make the most of the 24 hours we get each day. Some people achieve more happiness, productivity, and success – in the same amount of time as everyone else! How do they do it? The answer is simple … time management!
Follow these 5 time management tips so that you can plan, execute and manage your day and achieve massive success!
- Track your time
In order to manage your time more efficiently, you need to understand where your time is going. Download a time management app or write down what you spend your time on for a few days and track where you are wasting or losing the most time. This will help you identify what you can improve on or what you would like to focus on first.
- Divide and conquer
Set aside allocated time slots for each task you have to complete. If you give yourself a timeframe you’re more likely to stay focussed and stop dwindling around and wasting time.
- Self-care Sundays
Take a few minutes on a Sunday to write down and plan your week ahead. Having a plan cuts back on the stress of the unknown and gives you time to think about how you will tackle everything you need to get done. You’ll come up with better and more efficient ways of completing your to-do list if you actually spend a few minutes thinking about it.
- Daily to-do’s
After creating the master plan on a Sunday, jot down a to-do list every morning before you get cracking. This will just refocus your energy and brainpower on the things you need to get done first. Try wording your list as if you’ve already completed the tasks, for example rather than writing “create a to-do list” write “to-do list created” and remember to tick things off as you go. This simple task plays a psychological trick on you to feel more empowered and motivated when you get things done.
- Take a break
Scheduling breaks are vital for staying productive during the day. The human brain is wired to focus for about 90 minutes at a time, maybe less for some people. So be sure to schedule a time for tea or a brisk walk around the office or in a nearby park to cut down on time wasted trying to get back in the zone.
With these 5 tips in mind, remember that you have to find something that works for you. Work steadily and stay at your best pace. Rushing reduces work quality and creates stress. So, pick a date, start tracking your time and ticking off your to-do list and watch yourself become more efficient and effective with your time.