Time Management

How often do you find yourself running out of time? Weekly, daily, hourly? For many people, it seems that there’s just never enough time in the day to get everything done, it’s a problem we face at work and in our daily lives however with these few tips you can manage your time during whatever certain time period you desire.

“How to manage your time”:

  1. Goal setting.
  2. Managing interruptions.
  3. Scheduling

To start managing time effectively, you need to set goals. When you know where you’re going, you can then figure out what exactly needs to be done, in what order. Without proper goal setting, you’ll waste your time away on a confusion of conflicting priorities; people tend to neglect goal setting because it requires time and effort. What they fail to consider is that a little time and effort put in now saves an enormous amount of time, effort and frustration in the future.

Prioritizing what needs to be done is especially important. Without it, you may work very hard, but you won’t be achieving the results you desire because what you are working on is not of importance, most people have a “to-do” list of some sort. The problem with many of these lists is they are just a collection of things that need to get done to work efficiently you need to work on the most important, “highest value tasks”. This way you won’t get stressed to get something important done as the deadline approaches.

Having a plan and knowing how to prioritize it is one thing. The next issue knows what to do to minimize the interruptions you face during your day. It is widely recognized that managers get very little uninterrupted time to work on their priority tasks. The key to controlling interruptions is to know what they are and whether they are necessary, and to plan for them in your daily schedule.

“I’ll get to it later” has led to the downfall of many a good employee. After too many “laters” the work piles up so high that any task seems insurmountable. Procrastination is as tempting as it is deadly. The best way to beat it is to recognize that you do indeed procrastinate. Once you know why you procrastinate then you can plan to get out of the habit. Reward yourself for getting jobs done, and remind yourself regularly of the horrible consequences of not doing those boring tasks!

Much of time management comes down to effective scheduling of your time. When you know what your goals and priorities are, you then need to know how to go about creating a schedule that keeps you on track, and protects you from stress.