How often do you find yourself running out of time? Not enough hours in the day to get everything done? Too much to do? Here are 5 easy tips to help you improve your time management.
1. Create a daily plan
- Take 20 minutes each day to write your daily plan
- List 3 – 5 things that are really important that day – you can do this electronically (there are many apps out there. My favorite is Evernote)
- Make sure they are attainable
- Prioritize each task
- Set timelines around each task to maximize efficiency, i.e., social media
- Schedule time for yourself
2. Use a Calendar
- The most basic step for effective time management is having a calendar (Electronic or paper)
- Electronic Base systems synch with electronic devices: Google Calendar or Ican (Apple users)
- Paper calendar systems: Day-Timer, Franklin Covey, Day Runner
- Use it, rely on it and everything is in one place
- Look at it at the beginning of each week to get an idea of what’s on your plate
- Focus on one key task at a time
- Block out distractions
- Don’t multi-task. Research has shown this to be quite unproductive
- Delegate things that are better done by someone else
- How many of us lose track of time?
- Have a clock visibly in front of you, it helps identify how much time you are spending on each task
- Set time limits on your tasks – this is key
- Helps keep you aligned with your daily plan
- Evaluate your method of time management from time to time
- Not all systems work for everyone. Try something new! Use what works best for you
- Hold yourself accountable
When you attain good time management skills, you generally get more done and are less stressed. Remember to reward yourself when you have accomplished things.
In the end, there are only so many hours in a day so if you are really feeling overwhelmed and can’t get a handle on organizing your time, we are happy to help. You can reach us via telephone or email, leave a comment right here on the site, or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website.
Until next time,