|Cover of Manage Your Time (Essential Managers)|
While most people say that they don't have enough time, the simple fact is that everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week and 52 weeks in a year.
The difference comes down to how we choose to use this time.
Case in point for the above, a busy professional working mum, may only have 1 hour spare a day, but she uses this to very effectively and efficiently build a side business.
A college student may have 6 hours spare a day but chooses to spend this time playing video games.
To make the most out of your time, you need to learn how to stay in control of it.
While much of this will be set by your goal setting, the below tips will also help you get the most out of each and every day.
- Write a to do list: Your to do list is your greatest friend when it comes to getting the most out of each day. Write down all of the tasks that you want to achieve and highlight the three or four most important tasks. Start on these first. This way if you don't complete the others you have at least undertaken the most important tasks.
- Plan your day: A to do list is great, planning your day and setting aside time to undertake each task is even better. Use your diary or electronic calendar and block out time you will be working on tasks. Always leave time free for those urgent and unexpected tasks that come up.
- Learn to say no: Saying yes to everyone will make you stressed and less productive. What's more you may spread yourself to thin and won't produce quality outcomes. Every time someone asks you to do something, think about it in detail before responding or committing.
- Get organized: How much time have you wasted by being disorganized? Organize your desk and your home life ... personally, one thing that has made a difference for us is having a set place for all of our bills, wallets/purses and car keys. This has saved our family heaps of time.
- Monitor how you are currently spending your time: This is a good way to work out your time management habits and will help you ascertain where your time is going. If you monitor your time over one week you will quickly find out what you are spending your time on.
- Email: While it is a great thing, it can control your life and ruin your productivity. Rather than checking email as it comes in, set aside three times a day to check it. When you check, respond straight away, or note that the email will have to be actioned at later date (then move it to your to-do-list).
- Smart Phones: Technology is wonderful but again, even more so than email, it can control your life, add stress and ruin your productivity. Don't be afraid to turn your phone off when you are working on specific tasks.
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