Time management is one of those skills that many of us acquire through necessity. Learning to maintain these skills means you will find freedom from anxiety and have far less stress in your life. You will become more productive, procrastinate less and even have more time to do the things you enjoy. Having the ability to delegate responsibilities and properly manage your schedule is crucial in sustaining a successful life. Time management skills are different for everyone. They take time to develop and perfect. Your technique may be different from your partner or co-worker but what matters most is that you find a method that works well for you. Consider trying a variety of techniques until you find something that clicks in your brain and sticks with your routine.
Make A List
Writing things down is one of the easiest ways to gather your thoughts to use and remember later. If you don’t keep a notebook or planner with you, it’s a good idea to start. Setting reminder on your phone or computer are great ways to keep appointments, but studies show that writing things down actually makes you feel more accountable. Make a habit out of writing things down and you’ll discover that lists really do work if you use them. As you make your lists, make sure that each item feels attainable to you. A 25-item to-do list can be daunting, especially if you haven’t crossed anything off at the end of the day. But crossing off a task on a small list of high-priority items can be motivated. To stay on point with your time management, you might want to consider three lists – work, personal and home.
Make Your Down Time Work For You
When you’re driving, showering, exercising, waiting for a table at your favorite restaurant or any other “dead” time during the day, use that time to think about your goals and make plans. By constantly thinking about your goals you are more likely to achieve them – and faster!
The human mind does so much better when it can focus on one thing at a time. Stay efficient by eliminating how often you spend multitasking. By blending tasks together or doing them simultaneously, you are actually at a disadvantage to your productivity. While it may seem like mutli-tasking is an efficient route, in most cases it is not. You are much better off if you focus on one task until it is done. Try not to get “making use of your down time” and multi-tasking confused. For example, sending emails while you’ve been put on hold during a phone call is efficient, sending emails during a conference call is not.
One of the biggest killers of time management is procrastination. There are some people who work better on a deadline and like the pressure of waiting until the last minute. Those people know who they are and have a track record of success in this type of work method. Most people, however, do not work well under pressure and need plenty of time to finish a task. If you have a big project, do a little every day so you are sure to finish it on time. The better you become at time management the more productive you will become and the less likely you will be to consider procrastination.
A successful individual stands to gain much more in their career and life when they have keen time-management skills. By employing a few new changes to your schedule, you will watch your success and productivity grow into a better tomorrow.