Far too often we allow the day to bring what it may and we try to make it work with what we need to accomplish. This does not work well, in fact, it rarely works at all. Time will continue to tick away. The only way we can manage time is to manage what we do with our time. There are many books, articles and blogs on Time Management, but the fact remains that it is up to each person as to how they manage the time they have to complete the tasks they need to complete to move ahead successfully. Here are a few tips that just may help make you manage your time better.
- Assess your time – How many hours in a day do you have to complete what you need to do? Take the time to log what you do with your time. How much time do you spend on the phone? Online? Watching T.V.? You need to know how you spend your time to find out how you can manage it better. Far too often we become wasters of our time and not producers with our time.
- Set your priorities – The objective of time management is to distribute your time wisely. What needs to be done first, second and third? Tackle difficult tasks before easy ones if possible, it makes your day more productive because you feel great when you have gotten something “Big” off of your desk. Prioritizing will increase your awareness, making it less likely for you to waste time.
- Make a schedule – After you know what your priorities are each day schedule when you are going to do them. If you can schedule blocks of time to complete tasks it works best. The important thing is to have your tasks scheduled daily, weekly, monthly. Review your schedule each day so you know what the expectations are for today and also look ahead to tomorrow and the rest of the week. The more we engrain what we need to do in our mind, the more successful we will be in accomplishing our tasks.
“Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.” –William Shakespeare