It seems like we’re all constantly busy with work, family and other responsibilities. It is vital that we get as much done in the shortest time possible, otherwise we just can’t fit everything in to our schedules. You have 14 things that need to be done in the next 2 hours. Of course, this doesn’t mean that we can do our tasks badly. In fact, the opposite is true. It takes good time management skills to fit in our tasks and to do them well. Continue reading to discover some easy time management tips which will help you make the best use of the 24 hours that we all have.
Get into the habit of creating a schedule or to-do list every evening. Sit down after dinner, or just before going to bed, and write down all the things that you want to get accomplished the next day. Try to put them in order of priority and then stick to this order the best you can.
This has changed the flow of my day. I know exactly what needs to be done and can get each day off to a productive start.
It can be helpful to assign a time limit to each task that you want to complete. You will take the amount of time it takes will simply expand to fill the void. By giving yourself a time limit, you will naturally work more efficiently to get your work completed in the time allowed.
You may find it helpful to use a calendar to complete all of your daily activities. Don’t forget about using a digital calendar such as the Google Calendar. Or you can download various calendar apps to your smartphones. Many digital calendars will now sync across all your devices, which allows you to update your main calendar on the go.
Organizers are also helpful when it comes to staying organized and scheduling out your priorities. You can keep track of all your projects, to-do lists, and other appointments and tasks easily. One great organizer is Trello, it is free and super easy to use.
To become a master at time management it is important to know your deadlines and meet them. In addition to my daily to-do list, I find it helpful to create weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual to-do lists to help keep me on track. It helps to keep me focused on my goals and what I need to reach them.
If you are struggling to get enough accomplished in one day then take a step back to assess the situation. Start a to-do list immediately, even if you just use a notepad and pen to do so. Place this list somewhere you will see it first thing in the morning. This might be on your breakfast table, or on your desk or attached to your monitor.
When you get up in the morning you will immediately know what tasks you have to get done and in what order. If things suddenly change, don’t panic, just rearrange the item on your list. Before you know it, you will be easily meeting deadlines and getting more done than ever before.
Don’t worry if it seems hard and give yourself some grace if you backtrack a little bit. It takes a while to establish new habits.
Don’t forget to utilize technology to your benefit. Download calendar and to-do list apps and organizers and then use them. Once you do, you won’t know how you managed without them.