We all have just 24 hours in a day - many of which are taken up with sleep - so getting a handle on how you use those hours is key to feeling like you are managing your time well. There are a number of simple steps you can implement into your daily routine to help you be more effective with the time you have.
Here's some of the best time management tips I've use, both for myself and others, that really work:
1. Daily Schedule - Managing your priorities is the number one key to time management. Schedule your top 3 priorities into your daily routine using our daily schedule that will help you plan and organize your entire day.
2. Review your calendar the night before. Look at your commitments and schedule time for the things that need to get done. Remember to give yourself plenty of extra time to get a task done (if you think it will take you 15 minutes, schedule a half an hour - make room for lots of flexibility!).
3. Break large tasks down into smaller steps. Prioritizing and checking them off your list creates a great feeling of accomplishment.
4. Use an analog clock. When you are working towards better time management, one of the best things you can do is find out how long something actually takes. Using an analog clock instead of the clock on your computer or iPhone allows you to actually SEE the time go by. A product like the Time Timer, with a red visual of time going by, is an easy way to see how long something takes.
5. Use reminders. Time gets away from you often - make sure to set a timer to remind you of your next appointment. Place a sticky note in front of you or on your computer: Are you working on what you are suppose to achieve your goals?
6. Eliminate time wasters. These days it may be email, Pinterest or just scrolling through your phone. Before you know it, 30 minutes or even an hour has gone by. Plan specific times during your day for these activities - with set end times - so that they are not taking you away from a goal, but simply giving you a break during your day.
7. Turn off technology. Many people find that to focus on one task completely, it's best to exit out of technology that may lure you away from your project. Close all browsers, turn off your phone, radio or anything else that may get in the way of your goal.
8. Set boundaries. Learn to say 'no' to things, even if they are good things, that take you away from your goals and priorities (See? Setting those priorities really is a key to managing your time!).
9. Delegate. Understanding that you may not need to do everything, but can hand off things to others will ease your workload and give you more time to achieve your goals.
Until Next Time...