Managing your time is a fundamental part of dealing with your day-to-day. Whether it’s your business or family life, managing time is fundamental to having balance and harmony. There are many great techniques out there that can help you in many ways and that can be great tools that will enable you to be more productive. Here are a few of them:
1. Use a Calendar
You might use one on your computer or your cellphone. Or, if you’re like me, you like to keep it “old fashioned” and write things down — with an actual pen and paper (what? yeap, they still exist). Whatever way is best for you, there’s no more effective way of keeping track of what you need to do than keeping a calendar with a list of what you need to do and when (and by when too!). The good thing about digital calendars is that you can turn on reminders that will help you keep track of everything.
2. Make a list, check it twice
I’m also one of those people that have little lists written down everywhere. I keep a notepad right next to my computer and jot down lists of things that I have to do. I find it really helps to keep track of anything that comes up. Also, there’s nothing sweeter that striking through items once you have completed them. Not everyone is a list maker, but you can give it a try, it might surprise you how useful they can be.
Once you have that list and have set dates, it’s really important to prioritize and try to define by when you need certain things done. For me, it helps having clear objectives of what I need done and what’s important because otherwise, I start working on a million things at once. It really helps if you keep and eye on what’s important and focus on one thing at a time!
4. Ask for Help
If you have the chance and have a good support system built around you, it really can take a load off your shoulder if you can ask for their help. Sometimes we really want to do it all ourselves, but the truth is, there are moments that we can’t do it all. Balancing work and life we can go kind of crazy too! So, figure out which tasks you can delegate and try to just supervise them while focusing your attention on your priority right this instant.
Learning how to say no can be really difficult, but it can be a life saver. I always find that being honest and saying no is much better than taking on too much and then disappointing or not doing the best work possible. Time is limited. Remember that! So, take it easy, learn to say no when you really can’t take on something new. This could be essential to managing your time!
6. Give me a break
Being overtired can be a horrible way to waste time. If you’re too tired, you can’t focus and won’t think correctly. So, it’s okay to take breaks now and then. Breaks can be a wonderful way to get a fresh perspective on things. You might find that by taking a break, an amazing idea will come into your head that will be even faster than what you were focusing on in the first place.
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