11 Solid Ways to Improve Your Time Management Skills

Please allow me to share and repost this very important and necessary tip regarding time management. This was initially share by my friend called “dumb little man“.

If I am to ask you, how did you learn your time management skills, can you pin point a specific day or subject in school where you can accredit all your time management skills?  I doubt.  Time management can be learnt only thru necessity, but how can we be sure we use its full potential?

I hope you read on, and I expect you pick up lessons we want to share, such as follows:

  • The elimination of procrastination and avoidance-of-tasks
  • Easier, quicker, evaluation of your work and abilities
  • Less worrying about deadlines
  • More productivity
  • More relaxation time, and,
  • The obvious one) An overall increase in time

We hope to share following tips below:

1.     Make Lists: Write as much down as you can. If you don’t carry a planner or notebook already, start. Personally, I’ve always preferred a small, simple, white-lined notebook because you aren’t restricted by the various boxes and lines of the average planner.

A simple To Do List is often a huge help to anyone, but I can attest gleefully to the 3 Lists of 3 Method  more than any other. You’re goal is to avoid a list that reaches outrageous length and is overwhelming to even look at.

2.  Make Use of Down Time: Using walking, driving, showering, or otherwise “dead” times to plan. Think about what your goals are for that day or the next. Which goals are most important? Prioritization is the key.

 

3.     Reward Yourself: Whenever you accomplish something, especially the important things, make sure to take the time to reward yourself.

4.     Concentrate on One Thing:  The human mind works more efficiently when it is focused. As we’ve seen before multitasking is actually a disadvantage to productivity. Focus on one thing and get it done. Take care not to bleed tasks into each other. At times, multitasking may seem like a more efficient route, but it is probably not.

5.  Avoid Procrastination at All Costs: When trying to be more productive and trying to save time, procrastination  should be avoided like nothing else. It is the ultimate productivity-killer.

 

6.  Set Personal Deadlines: Nobody likes deadlines. They cause stress, aggravation, worry, and, more stress. A guaranteed way to alleviate some of this stress is to set your own earlier deadlines. Be realistic but demanding of yourself. Challenge yourself and, referring to tip 3, reward yourself for a meeting a difficult challenge. Not only will this save you time and make you more productive in the long run, but you will also have a buffer time with little to no penalties compared to those received for missing a real deadline. Of course, this tip has potential for abuse, so be sure to make your own penalties for missing your personal deadlines.

7.   Delegate Responsibilities: It is not uncommon for people to take on more than they can handle. The overestimation of one’s abilities, though not necessarily a bad thing, can often result in stress and more work for an individual. To avoid this unnecessary stress, do not feel bad about delegating tasks.

8.   Set up a Long Term Planner: In the everyday drab of life, we can often lose sight of our goals. Setting up a long term planner will help you envision your long term goals and rationalize your current objectives. Whenever you find yourself thinking “Why am I putting myself through this work right now? I could be home watching Lost.” just take a look at your long term planner and you’ll be reminded of paying off your mortgage or saving up enough for your child’s college tuition. Revise this long term planner monthly to keep goals up-to-date.

9.  Employ a program like RescueTime: This is a lightweight app that records and graphs how you spend your time on your computer. Those “2-minute” breaks to check out Digg, or play a flash game on some website, or email Aunt Betty, can add up to quite a bit of wasted productivity and wasted time. RescueTime will allow you to see exactly how you spent your time and will even send a weekly report to your email.

10.  Work in a Team: This tip works hand-in-hand with tip # 7. Although giving up responsibilities is a scary thought for some, it is an invaluable method to increase the average team productivity of all involved. Make sure the team goals are clear and make sure everyone knows who is responsible for given tasks. Make sure all lines of communication are always open. A clogged or blocked line will have the opposite effect on productivity. Give tasks to those who are best suited for them and things will get done faster.

11.  Be Careful to Avoid Burnout: Burnout occurs when your body and mind can no longer keep up with the tasks you demand of them. Don’t try to force yourself to do the impossible. Delegate time for important tasks, but always be sure to leave time for relaxation and reflection. Review your recent accomplishments and make sure you feel good. Review and reflection is one of the best ways to gain confidence and higher confidence means more productivity.

Proven long ago that an individual who knows how to manage time attains much more that those who do not manage time.  Try to use what we can offer for free and for your own good.

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Check Your Schedule

If its not scheduled, Don’t do it!!!

This is a very radical rule, I must say. But this will certainly keep one on track of his time.

According to my source, ” When something new comes up, whether its a request from someone or a new project or idea, before you say ‘Yes’ to yourself or others, look at your schedule and ask yourself, ‘Can I take this on right now?’

Upon reading this, do you see yourself as someone who does this or not? If you do this, what do you think are the benefits this idea can bring you? If you are not doing this, can you see this as one of the many reason which causes you delays, or may possibly cause you delay?

One reason, why I am writing this is give a chance to reflect on oneself. If you are someone who has no issue in tracking time, keeping schedule and being efficient and productive, then this post may not be for you.

There is just one request I hope you can do for me. If you knew someone whom you can help by sending a link of this blog, please feel free.

This blog will be happy many will see it.