Essential Time Management Skills To Boost Productivity
Have you ever wondered how it is that some people seem to have enough time to do everything that they want to, whereas others are always rushing from task to task, and never seem to finish anything?
Time management is not very difficult as a concept, but it’s surprisingly hard to do in practice. It requires the investment of a little time upfront to prioritize and organize yourself.
It's important that you develop effective strategies for managing your time to balance the conflicting demands of time for study, leisure, earning money and/or job hunting. And if you're not managing your time well, there's no way you're going to reach your goals.
Sometimes it may seem that there isn't enough time to do everything that you need to. But we have a few simple solutions for you to enhance your organizing skills and make you feel good about your accomplishments.
Identify your personal time-robbers.
What is it that seems to tie you down and keep you from the task at hand? You have to get serious about avoiding distractions and becoming too immersed in the bad habits that you know you should quit.
- Keep a daily to-do list.
Regardless of how careful you are with this list, there will be inevitable interruptions; allow for those. Each night list tasks for the next day in order of their importance. It is extremely necessary to keep this list short and do-able. By making to-do lists, you're effectively setting goals for the day. Daily goals are easier to achieve while helping to move us towards the longer and bigger goals.
- Don’t Try To Multi-task
Generally, people aren’t very good at multi-tasking, because it takes our brains time to refocus. It’s much better to finish off one job before moving onto another. If you do have to do lots of different tasks, try to group them together, and do similar tasks consecutively.
- Do it now.
Begin a new tradition: as much as possible, tend to menial tasks immediately. For example, set aside five or ten minutes a day to deal with the mail. Get your trash can handy and work through each item: bills to bill drawer, magazines in the magazine rack, letters read and put into a file to be answered, etc.
- Turn off social media app alerts
Social Media doesn’t help you with your time. Unless you work on it, turn it off!
Perhaps the most important thing to remember is to stay calm. Feeling overwhelmed by too many tasks can be very stressful. Remember that the world will probably not end if you fail to achieve your last task of the day, or leave it until tomorrow, especially if you have prioritized sensibly.