Despite our movement to a digital world, many individuals and business owners still struggle with the concept of time management. We are all aware that we have a fixed number of hours to work with during any given week. Yet some of us seem to utilize these hours more effectively than others. How can you easily improve your time management skills?
1. Plan your Week in Advance- This is one of the easiest steps to take when working to improve your time management. Take time either on Friday at the end of your work day, or on Monday during the beginning of your work day, to map out your week. Ensure that you are allocating time for friends, family, work, health, spirituality and yourself. If you don’t schedule time for it, unfortunately, you are likely to overlook the task or that area of your life.
2. Daily Lists- Start each day off by creating a consolidated list of tasks that you must accomplish during the given day. All of us seem to have giant to do lists that never get any shorter. Part of the reason is that we search for the easiest tasks to complete first, giving us something to check off. But, the rest of the list seems to linger over time. Choose 4-6 tasks from your master list to complete during the day, and check them off as you go.
3. Filler Time- All of us has filler time during our days. Filler time refers to dead time, waiting time or time that appears when we complete a task earlier than expected. Individuals who are effective at time management utilize that time to complete tasks on their master to do list. Make a quick call to a friend or family member, check your emails, log into your online network accounts or catch up on your daily news during your filler time. Or, reach over to your master to do list and search for something that you can quickly complete and check off.
By implementing these 3 easy, high level concepts for time management, you will notice an immediate improvement in your overall work productivity.
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