Time management is of utmost importance in today’s hectic twenty-four seven (24/7) lifestyle, we are busier than we have ever been. Time management strategies are the antidote for the high demand time has placed on us. It makes us talk too fast, walk too fast and we are always in a rush. Sometimes we start things that we never finish and are constantly nagged by the thought that we have forgotten to do something.
In a bid to stay on top of our daily activities we have to find creative time management strategies and time-saving devices. This is in the hope that somehow it will free up our time, but it only fills it again with more work, activities, and tasks. All of this is adding to our stress and affecting our health.
Here are four valuable tips to help you improve your time management.
Create a Time Management Diary
Take some time out and schedule or make a rough draft of what you do every day. Be honest with your entries. Make sure you include everything from the time you wake in the morning, time to prepare breakfast, time to get ready for work, amount of time spend in traffic, to how long you take to eat and how much time you spend watching T.V. If you can’t adequately give account for your time then you will not be able to make meaningful and intelligent decisions about how to create an effective time management schedule.
Learn to Say No
You cannot be everything to everybody. So if someone asks you to do something that you really don’t have time to do, politely, but firmly tell them no, and don’t feel guilty about it. One reason why we feel like we are busy all the time is that we don’t know how to set personal boundaries effectively. Part of declining to do things is so you have more time to focus on your goals.
Create a Time-Based To-Do List
Creating a to-do list with time-based will give you a better sense of being in control of your time. Ensure that when you are making your to-do list you include exactly how much time you expect to spend on each task. When you add how much time it should take to complete a task, it can help you prioritize how to go about accomplishing those tasks. If tasks are prioritized you tend to focus on those first and try to get them out of the way.
No progress should go unrewarded, regardless of the progress it matters not how small. Don’t be too hard on yourself. It doesn’t have to be a large reward, but it is important to acknowledge your progress and enjoy your success. Use your time management diary to make decisions about how you want to organize and use your time better. As you make progress with prioritizing and saying no, let yourself enjoy your progress.
Learning how to manage your time better will help you reduce the stress in your life. It will also help you find the time to work toward achieving your goals and living the life you’ve always wanted. So as of today let, time management be a part of your routine.