If you’re finding that there just aren’t enough hours in the day and no matter how hard you try to be organized you can’t seem to be as productive as you’d like, this is probably a symptom of poor time management.
However, there is help.
Here are 5 simple time management tips that will assist you in remaining calm with a deadline approaching and getting more out of your day.
- Figure out where all of the time is going. This is probably the first step you should take on your way to time management. Figure out exactly where all of that fleeting time is going. Do you spend a lot of time in conference calls, filling out paperwork, or emailing clients? Determining what tasks take up your precious time and knowing what you need to change about your current schedule in order to be a successful time manger.
- Keep a detailed schedule. Whether it’s on your phone or using good old fashioned pen and paper, it’s important to keep a detailed schedule. This is vital to not only keep track of your current appointments, but to allocate your time in the near future. Use this planner, virtual or otherwise, to figure out how you’re time in the next few weeks is going to be well spend, and avoid straying away from the schedule unless an emergency happens to pop up, of course.
- Prioritize, prioritize, and prioritize. Keep your priorities straight, it’s just that simple. If you spend your time searching Youtube for viral videos while you should be working, your business or career is going to suffer for it in the long run. Do what needs to be done first, and then take some time off to do what you like.
- Decide when things should be delegated elsewhere. Do you necessarily need to do the filing or type up those reports, or would your time be more wisely spent completing larger jobs? Even if you are the proverbial control freak, sometimes you just need to let someone else do the task if you’re short on time. Hire a part-time person, even one in High School or College student to organize your files. Look on Fiverr.com for things you can out-source your time. There are many people willing to do a task for $5.
- Keep busy while you wait. We’ve all been there, sitting and practically twiddling our thumbs while we wait for a client to arrive, or while we’re sitting in the doctor’s office. Why not take these few moments to work on a project or make some phone calls, write notes in your organizer, and then you won’t have to do it when you’re busy with other things.
Learning and implementing time management skills can make all the difference when it comes to your stress level and your continued success within your chosen profession. Try following these few simple tips, and you just might be surprised at how much you get done in a day.
About The Author: Debbie Clark
My desire is to create a life style that I can enjoy without having to work at a job. I love talking with people and finding out about their stories. I enjoy educating myself. I think we all have greatness and want the same things. I hope we can all meet on the beaches of the world.