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- 8 Practical Ways To Manage Your Time
What you are about to read is not a sermon on using time efficiently to pursue your professional goals and become a successful millionaire — far from it.
Using time wisely need not mean limiting it for work or making money. Use time wisely for yourself, to be a happier, healthier, and better YOU. Being successful at work is part of having a fulfilled life but tapping into other aspects of your life to enhance it and enrich your personality should be the main goal.
When we manage time efficiently, we can achieve more. As the saying goes, “time is of the essence” and “time never comes back”. Thus it is important to value our time and respect it. Let us see how we can apply some practical tips on time management basis to achieve our goals.Time management can be achieved if we are practical and reasonable. So make time for unexpected things or activities, learn to prioritize and put your foot down when you must. Click To Tweet
8 Practical Ways To Manage Your Time
1. Take Breaks
Time management is not about working long hours or working constantly without taking time out to refresh yourself. It is common thinking that breaks are a “waste of time” because we end up chatting up with friends or watching t.v. while having junk food. Whoever is telling you that is completely wrong! Taking breaks is healthy and gives your mind to reset, refresh, and finish tasks faster. So, next time you see yourself stuck with a task no matter how long you’ve been at it, chances are you need a break!
2. Make a Time-Table
You must be thinking “here we go again!”. We all have torn up several timetables because they didn’t work. Think of it this way, did you really think when you made the time table? Before you make a new timetable, ask yourself why the earlier ones didn’t work. Were you expecting too much from yourself? Did you include breaks? It could be that we are being unreasonable when it comes to time management and discipline. Maybe, we haven’t taken into account times when we may get bored or lose interest. So cut yourself some slack and make a timetable that is practical.
3. Plan Your Week But Make Room For a Change of Plan
For example, you plan to finish writing your blog or hit the gym on the weekend, However, did you take into account that it is weekend and you may actually want to finish errands like cleaning up and organizing your space? Have you stocked up on the week’s groceries? Your family or friends may make last-minute plans? You’ve got to allow yourself some leeway, that’s all. If you don’t, your timetable will go off track and you’ll end up feeling grumpy and irritated because you didn’t stick to it.
4. Don’t Be Afraid To Say No
Often, we find it really hard to turn people down. It may be a request for help and it’s nice to help people out. However, when helping others and giving time to fulfill their needs begins affecting you adversely, it’s time to for that mental alarm to go off! Sometimes, you have to put yourself and your obligations ahead of everybody else. You owe it to yourself and to someone who is counting on you to get something done.
5. Prioritization Is Important
Every day, we have several things to be done. So which ones do we do first and which ones do we finish later? The answer is prioritization. This will need some work but the end result will bear fruit. Get a pen a paper and jot down your week’s goals. Differentiate between urgent, not so urgent, and least urgent and proceed accordingly.
6. Keep Track of Progress
Simply going through the day doing things and crossing them off the list will have you functioning like a robot. Instead, keep track of what progress you have made with the time you have used. Ask yourself what is your time management helping you achieve? Is it even helping you achieve in the first place? At the end of the day, write down what you set out to achieve and how much you were able to. This exercise will give you an idea if your time management plan is working or not. Make this a habit and it will help you in the long run.
7. Multitasking Is Not Always Ideal
Many of us feel proud to call ourselves multitaskers but multitasking may not be what the doctor ordered especially if you are trying to be a good time manager. If we strive to do many tasks at a time thinking we will complete our work faster, we may just be overestimating our time management abilities.
Multi-tasking can become chaotic and take longer because your attention is constantly being divided. This can lead to more mistakes too. For example, writing an e-mail while on a video call can result in you missing out on important points being discussed because you are correcting a spello in your e-mail.
On the other hand, while discussing key points in the call, you may mess up your e-mail. This may result in serious miscommunication. It is, therefore, advisable to take one task up at a time and see it to completion.
8. Don’t Beat Yourself Over It
Each one of us is a work in progress. If you want to achieve something, be your own best friend. This applies to all life aspects, not just time management. If you miss a deadline or don’t achieve what you set out to do because you didn’t manage your time well, don’t sulk.
Instead, do what you would do for your best friend — lift yourself up and keep going. You have to be motivated enough to accept your mistakes, be open to feedback and improvement. Time management takes time to master and to figure out what’s working for us and what isn’t. See it as a continuous learning process and be gentle with yourself if things go awry sometimes.
Time management can be achieved if we are practical and reasonable. To expect the world from ourselves is folly but setting reasonable goals is wise. Time management requires foresight. So make time for unexpected things or activities, learn to prioritize and put your foot down when you must. With this practical approach, time management will be a breeze for you. The clock’s ticking!
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