Time Management Tips
Last Update: Jul 11, 2022
One thing we all get in life is the same amount of time in a day. How you manage that 24 hours can lead you towards accomplishing your goals, or not.
When we know how to utilize our time effectively, we help to delay procrastination and distraction while carving out the needed minutes to get a task done.
Time Management Matters
Effective time management helps us to not feel rushed when we are working. That can be critical depending on what you are planning to do.
How many times have you started to work on an article, only to find your mind wandering to the laundry list of tasks that are still outstanding in your day?
It is a common challenge for many of us, myself included.
One of the things I gave up on years ago was the idea of multi-tasking. In my opinion, it is a complete waste of time because when you engage in multiple things at the same time, none of them get done well.
However, the day in age that we live in often presents us with no other choice but to embark on many tasks at once. For those without focus issues, it probably won't an issue.
But if your mind is easily distracted, this can make any job even more difficult and stressful.Ideas To Help You Better Manage Time
1. What Are You REALLY Doing?
One way to monitor how well you spend your time is to set a timer for 30 minutes. When the time is up, notice what you are doing in the moment.
Have you actually been working on your task, or have you gotten distracted by surfing through social media or checking some other app that could be costing you time.
Being honest in how you spend your time is the first way to see where you are wasting it.
2. Get Rid Of Distractions (Where Possible)
If non-critical information is distracting you, try to avoid it during the time you need to focus. You can shut off notifications and widen your computer screen so that less distraction is visible.
Unless your job depends on every email or notification, consider using apps like Cold Turkey or FocusMe for productivity. These will help you to block out the distractions.
3. Schedule Your Day
Have you even noticed that when your day is planned, you get more done?
To help boost productivity, try blocking out certain hours of the day for specific tasks. For example, you could take the first hour in the morning to concentrate on emails.
So instead of replying to emails as they pop up, delay them until a scheduled time. You'll get more done in a shorter time.
When your day is planned, it can help relieve stress. Being stressed makes everything more difficult.
4. Just Say No
Oftentimes, we find ourselves overcommitting to everyone who needs us. Any moms or people pleasers out there that can relate?
Don't feel badly to say no to things that will eat your time and take you away from what you really need to do.
And don't forget to get your sleep. Many studies have shown that sleep deprivation causes us to lose focus and underperform.
Get your rest. You'll feel better and be able to tackle your day with a more positive outlook.
However you organize your time, make it count. After all, we only have a limited amount of it. In the immortal words of the Latin poet, Horace, "carpe diem."
To your success WA!