We all normally complain how we don’t have time for this and that. Fact of the matter is, we’ve just not utilized our time effectively. It takes a whole lot of focus and discipline to get things done in lesser time and it’s easier than you think. Here are some useful time management tips that will get you ahead in life and still leave you extra time at the end of the day to do the things you love!
Keep A Planner/Organizer
This is important to keep track of all your tasks and organizing them according to their priority. Always take notes and write them down so that you won’t forget or find yourself in a huge rush and under a lot of stress when you suddenly remember what you need to do.
Plan The Night Before
Before going to bed, take out your schedule or planner and go through your tasks for the next day. Create a game plan to tackle all the things on your to-do-list and organize your time for them accordingly.
Go Through Your List Of Tasks Again In The Morning
Having done it at night, it’s also good to go through your daily task again first thing in the morning as it reinforces a focus in your mindset as to what you want to achieve and get done for that day.
Tidy Your Workspace Before Getting Down To Business
If you’re the kind of person who spends 15 minutes just trying to find a damn stapler, you need to tidy up. Hunting for stuff is the subtle time-waster that can be easily eliminated. What I normally do is tidy my workspace at the end of the day so I don’t need to do it when I come in the next day.
Fact is, you take up more time completing different tasks at once than when you’re focusing on doing one task at a time. Not to mention you risk producing low quality work with more errors because the brain can only do so much at once!
Start With The Harder Tasks
Harder tasks need more time compared to the much easier tasks. So start with the much harder tasks first and once the harder tasks are done, it’s easier to tackle the simpler tasks.
Allocate Your Time According To The Difficulty Of The Task
Give more time for harder tasks and less for easier ones. When you find yourself stuck and staring blankly at your screen for more than 2 minutes, move straight to another thing that’s on your to-do-list.
Have A Break
Our brain is said to function efficiently up to 90 minutes the most so it’s advisable to take a 15 minute break after every 90 minutes of working to recharge. You don’t want to burn out before the day is over.
Minimize All Distractions
We’re talking checking social media, non-work related texts and phone calls, music that makes you want to dance rather than focus on your job, snacking while you work etc. Find these distractions and get rid of them. It makes a whole lot of difference.
Make Use Of Your Peaks
Find out what hours in the day during work that you’re most productive and focused. Use that to your advantage by getting as much work done as possible.
Don’t Be Overly Ambitious
We’re not superman (or superwoman) and there’s only so much time in a day. So try delegating or outsourcing your work to someone who is capable and motivated, then follow up. Also, learn to say “No” when you already have so much on your plate.
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