How To Manage Your Time

Today, time is a commodity we all crave. When you squander your time, you may not leave enough hours in the day for the tasks that are important to you. But, then again, it’s also important to take time for leisure and family, because you don’t want time with loved ones to suffer when you work too much.

How to bring all your daily activities together to achieve that perfect life-work balance? Read below!

1. Get a timer set.

If you can’t focus on something for whatever reason, get a timer and then set it up for the time you’re thinking you’re able to work. As an example, if you really want to work an hour today, and you’ve got fifteen minutes now, get that timer active for fifteen minutes and work steadily through it. Make it your goal to do that four times during the day.

As an example, if you really want to work an hour today, and you’ve got fifteen minutes now, get that timer active for fifteen minutes and work steadily through it. Make it your goal to do that four times during the day.

This technique is called Pomodoro technique and is used by many successful people around the world to make the most out of their days. Make it your goal to do that four times during the day.

Better productivity with Pomodoro technique

2. Use your calendar

Calendars are definitely your friend if you want to manage your time wisely! Some folks like to use physical calendars they can write on. Other people like using a calendar that’s electronic because they can be accessed through their phone or computer. It doesn’t matter what you use personally; the act

Some folks like to use physical calendars they can write on. Other people like using a calendar that’s electronic because they can be accessed through their phone or computer. It doesn’t matter what you use personally; the act of using one will help you manage your time (day-wise) much more effectively.

Just raising awareness of the day of the month, and how close you are to significant dates, deadlines or milestones will help you focus more.

3. Mind the deadlines

You need to pay more attention to deadlines if you find that you are always late. If one sneaks up on you, you have to suddenly drop what you are doing to attend to the task at hand. That makes it harder to get all your other projects done.

But, if you keep on top of deadlines, you will never be forced to choose one priority over another.

Begin your day going over the items on your schedule, and filling in the blanks. If you know what you need to accomplish at the onset of your day, you’ll have a good shot at actually doing so. Look over your schedule carefully to make sure you haven’t overbooked yourself.

4. Make a to-do list

If it’s tough for you to manage your time, plan the day the night before or in do it first thing in the morning. It doesn’t matter whether your scribble down a quick to-do list or spend an hour carefully laying out exactly what you’ll do; any amount of groundwork will be extremely helpful. Doing this helps you relax so that you are raring to go the following day.

Boost productivity with a to-do list

5. Prioritize

Make sure that your daily tasks are compartmentalized. A lot of the time tasks that aren’t important may make your day take too long.

If you prioritize everything, you can’t use your energy getting important things done. Devise a to-do list, and list the tasks in order of their importance.  Work down from the most important to least important. If you need a reminder, have your list with you at all times.

Do the more difficult tasks first. Harder tasks that take more time ought to be handled first. You will feel much less stress if you adopt this tactic. By getting the stressful stuff out of the day, you can have a better end to your day.

6. Learn to say no.

Many people get too stressed because they can’t say no to requests. When you find that you have too much on your plate, review your schedule. Is there any work there that could be delegated to others? Turn to your loved ones for help.

7. If needed, isolate yourself for a short period of time

Don’t be afraid to close your office door if you want to work more efficiently. An open door signals that you are available. Closing the door will give you privacy in an instant. This will show the people around you that you mean business.

8. Keep a weekly diary

Get an accurate appraisal of your time by keeping a diary of your activities for a week. Write down what you do and how long these tasks take for a few days. After a few days, check the diary to figure out which areas need improvement.

But first – figure out the why’s

If you can’t manage your time right, step back and try to figure out why. If you have a hard time concentrating, figure out why. This is the first step in improving your use of time.

It is a real shame to waste your time. This is really true when it cuts into relaxation and rest time. Time management is key to a happy life. Use what you’ve just learned to get what you want out of life.

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