Whether you are a college student, a stay at home parent, or a business professional you may often feel that 24 hours in a day doesn’t seem like enough time to get everything done. Do you find yourself getting overwhelmed with tasks that keep piling up? Are you frustrated that you feel as though you haven’t put enough effort into something because other things keep arising?
Effective time management is not only essential for completing crucial responsibilities, it is important for your health as well. Minimizing stress and improving quality of life all come along with good time management skills. Here are 7 tips to help you manage your time better:
1.) Evaluate Where You’re Spending Your Time- This first step is to understand where most of your time is spent. Keep track of everything you do, and identify where you could be using time more wisely.
2.) Plan each day- Write a to-do list with the most important tasks at the top. Making a solid time management plan can help you get more done, and avoid last minute conflicts and stressful rushing.
3.) Prioritize- You may realize that unimportant tasks are consuming a lot of your time. Prioritizing will ensure that you spend your time and energy on the most important things you need to get done. A solid list of projects will ensure you get the most essential things completed.
4.) Block Out Distractions- Turn off your phone, stay off of the internet or messenger, and avoid small-talk with others. Limiting distractions will allow you to focus on time management, and efficiently accomplish your responsibilities.
5.) Learn to say “No” and/or Delegate Tasks- Don’t take on more tasks than you can handle, and don’t say yes to additional work that is nonessential to reaching your goal. Also, consider your to-do list and realize where you can pass something on to someone else.
6.) Use Calendars & Planners- When you have an organized calendar of tasks with deadlines attached, you can easily determine where you should spend your time, and by when certain things need to be completed. Healthy time management rely’s heavily on an established plan.
7.) Leave Buffer Time- Don’t pack everything together so closely that you don’t leave yourself time to wrap up one task, and start off on the next. Set reminders or alarms on your organizer to remind you of important deadlines or meetings to attend, at least 15 minutes early.