Do you feel like you’re going to break down? Do you wish there was more time to finish your tasks? Are you envious of those that seem to get everything done that they need to each day? If this sounds like you, perhaps you need to learn better time management skills. The following tips will give you the basics.
Set a timer. For hard jobs especially, those you have a hard time sticking to, have a timer and work on the task for that amount of time before a break. For instance, set a timer for an hour and then take a break.
If you’re always running late or behind, try being more aware of deadlines. If you wait until the last minute to finish a task, other projects will suffer. If you prepare to get it done early, you’ll find that your whole schedule benefits.
Look at your schedule everyday to decide where to spend your time. By starting you work day knowing what needs to get finished, you are more likely to reach your goals. Review the day and make sure that you haven’t set your goals too high.
If time management really isn’t your “thing,” pay attention to just one task at a time. It can be a challenge to do well if you have too many irons in the fire. When you try to work on too many tasks at the same time, it will exhaust you, and the work quality will suffer. Concentrate on breathing, relaxing and focusing on only one prodject until it is finished, then proceed to the next.
When time management becomes difficult, take some time to assess your current level of productivity and efficiency. If you’re not concentrating on tasks and sticking with them until they’re complete, ask yourself why. The key to better time management is realizing what subtle benefits are driving your poorer workflow processes.
Developing strong time management skills will make you feel like you’ve found a couple extra hours in the day. Use what you learned and you’ll find some extra time in your life. It is literally life-changing when you start to see the difference that excellent time management skills can bring!