Do you often find yourself wishing for more hours in the day or are you rushing around hopping from one task to another?
Time Management is all about how you divide and prioritise your time efficiently. By learning to manage your time around your tasks, you will find that you will work more effectively, gain a better professional reputation, increase your opportunities to advance and feel far less stressed.
The very first thing to remember is that being busy does not mean that you are being effective. Quite often, the opposite is closer to the truth. Rushing around on multiple tasks, frantically dividing your attention will often mean you achieve less, feel more stress than if you focused on one task at a time.
Here are 6 simple tips to help your time management.
1) Make a List and Use It
Make sure your list is achievable. Prioritise the tasks and assign a set amount of time to them.
2) Set Deadlines
And try to stick to them. There is no point in continually pushing deadlines back. Set it for a couple of days before it is actually needed, which allows you to still get it done if more urgent tasks come in.
3) Stop Multi-Tasking
Jumping from one task to another quite often means that you have a lot of on-going work but that not much will get finished.
4) Delegate Responsibilities
No matter how good you are, it is not possible to do everything. Delegation is not a sign of weakness but a sign of intelligence. Find competent, reliable people and share the responsibility. This will reduce stress and allow you to be more productive.
5) Use Your Downtime
– Sat in the morning commute or waiting at the doctor’s – why not take these opportunities to plan and prioritise?
6) Reward Yourself
– When you accomplish something, celebrate it. Whether it is with a sweet treat or a 5 minute break, make sure you applaud yourself on your accomplishments.
Learning to manage your time effectively can help to make your day a little easier.
Find out what works for you and stick to it.