5 TIPS TO BETTER TIME MANAGEMENT
Time flies when you're having fun, or when you're busy at work, or when you're sleeping. So literally any time you want time to pass at a normal pace, it's going to fly by at the speed of light. Here's 5 tips to make the most of your precious time.
Declutter everything. Whether it's your home or your workspace (or both for those blessed with a work from home gig), keeping it clean and organized will help you stay on track with completing your to-do list.
Speaking of to-do lists, write a to-do list. Everyday. Planning ahead is perfect for keeping your time management skills up to par. If you always know what you need to do and when you need to do it by, you'll have a better idea of how much time you have to spend on each task. From there, you can formulate a game plan, which leads us into our next tip.
What are the most important tasks on your to do list? The ones that are most vital are the ones you should focus on first, and the less important ones come last. Simple, right? This way, if you don't make it through all of your to-do list, you have at least finished your most important task, and you can rest easier at night.
Working effectively is one of the most important parts of managing your time efficiently. This means eliminating distractions. So, it might work well to turn off your phone, log out of Facebook, etc. Next time you're at work, pay attention so the things that make your mind wander, and then rid yourself and your space of those things. Soon enough, you'll reach a level of focus that will result in you working more effectively.
This one is a biggie that most people are guilty of. Procrastination. While beating it is mostly a matter of will power, a change of perspective could help you fight the procrastination woes. Instead of thinking of all of the reasons you don't want to do the tasks on your to-do list, try focusing on the reason you are doing those tasks in the first place. What is the end goal? What are you going to gain from finishing those tasks? Are you going to learn something new? Are you going to get paid for what you are doing? Focusing on what you have to gain from completing your to-do list might work as a great motivator.
We can't promise that these tips will make time go by slower (are we seriously halfway through February already?). However, if you start utilizing them in your day to day life, whether it's at work or at home, you might notice an increase in productivity. If you get REALLY good at time management, that to-do list will get finished faster and faster, and you know what that means: extra free time.