10 Tips to Help Manage Your Time Effectively
- Know your priorities. This helps you decide what you where you will put most of your time and effort. Read the post how to define your priorities if you need some help with deciding your priorities.
- Create specific goals to give you a sense of purpose and direction as you plan out your time. Goals can be daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. Read about the process of setting goals for more help on goal setting.
- Break up large tasks and goals into smaller more manageable increments. This helps make it easier to focus on one small part at a time making the large tasks and goals less overwhelming.
- Have a plan that fits your lifestyle and responsibilities. Check out the post, how to manage your day with schedules and routines for more about creating a plan that works for you.
- Try to get the most important things done first each day. This way you will already have the most important things done so you don’t feel rushed to get to it at the end of the day.
- If you have an important task or just need some motivation to push through the task at hand, use a timer to help increase productivity. Set it for 20-30 minutes and work only on one thing during that time. You can do this for just about anything from doing dishes, folding laundry and cleaning the house to doing a project for work. When the timer goes off, get up and take a break for at least a few minutes and move on to something else or continue working through another 20-30 minute chunk of time.
- Set time limits and deadlines. Similar to using a timer, it is important to set a limit on the amount of time devoted to a specific task or goal. Some tasks that should only take 20 minutes can easily eat away at your entire day if you are not careful so decide a reasonable amount of time you can get it done and do your best to stick to it. The same goes for goals; having a deadline for which to accomplish a goal gives you something specific to work towards.
- Be disciplined!! One of the biggest problems I am finding that many people have, including myself, is the discipline to stick with it. I think the key to changing this is to have a sense of purpose in knowing why you are doing whatever it is you need to do. Discipline also requires you to sometimes say no to something so you can focus on what is most important.
- Note: If discipline is something that you struggle with as well, check out this new challenge at Hello Mornings based on Crystal Paine’s book 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life (<–click to buy from Amazon: please note this link is provided via my Amazon associates account). I will be joining as well as posting an update here on the blog once a week during the challenge.
- Record everything! Don’t expect to remember every appointment, task or random idea you think of, so write it down. This includes writing down your goals and plan for time management. You can have a notebook, planner or app on your phone. It doesn’t matter where you keep it as long as you can easily access it. I use the calendar app on my tablet for important dates and Evernote to record my lists and other notes.
- Start each day fresh by focusing on what you can accomplish today instead of what you didn’t yesterday.
Which tip do find the most helpful for you?
What other tips would you add to the list?