Time management is the act or process of exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase efficiency or productivity. Time management will make us more efficient in everything we do
Below is a list of some time management (self management) techniques and tips . They are in no particular order.
- Keep a calendar/diary. Mark all your important dates/tasks.
• Keep a list of “Things to Do” and mark them off as completed.
• Every day make a list of what you have to do tomorrow.
• When possible do the unpleasant tasks first.
• Figure out when (what time of the day?) you work most efficiently.
• Establish your priorities for what you want to get done. Identify the tasks and activities that are the highest priority and eliminate those of low priority.
• Allow more time than you think you will need. This makes your schedule flexible and allows for the unexpected.
• Get into the habit of using your odd five minutes here and there more productively. Don’t just dismiss it as only five minutes – they add up throughout the week!
• Accomplish one or two important tasks rather than lots unimportant ones.
• Tidiness makes your life easier and reduces stress.
• Allow time to relax, recharge and do nothing.
• Leave time in your schedule for un-planned activities.
• Know your strengths, skills and weakness.
• Ask yourself, “What am I doing that someone else could do for me?” Delegate!
• Don’t be scared to ask for help
• Bin things straight away to reduce the clutter (junk mail, newspapers and spam email etc).
• Divide large overwhelming tasks into smaller chunks, and attack them one at a time.
• Complete at least one task each day that you don’t like to do, but know you should.
• Watch less T.V. If you watch T.V for three hours a day from the age of five years old, by the time you are fifty five the amount of T.V you will have watched will be the equivalent to watching non-stop 24 hours a day for six years and three months. If you cut this down by just one hour a day, so then only watch two hours of T.V, you will have gained back over two years worth of time.
• Realize that all your email checking, surfing the internet and other procrastinations add up to hours of lost time each week (sometime even each day!)
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