Time management seems to be a major challenge for women and men from different backgrounds, in different professions and at different income levels. Are you ready to stop the insanity and discover the 21 tips for a better time management? |
1. Set your priorities wisely. What is really important to you? Put that above everything else. 2. Set your goals. What do you want to achieve in life or career? What will you need to do to get there? 3. Have a plan. Plan your month, week, even a day. Leave space for emergencies, but know what needs to get done. 4. Have a list. I have lists for everything from shopping, through packing (when traveling or moving), blog post setup, etc. 5. Use lists properly. Get things done, check them off the list. 6. Celebrate your accomplishments. Acknowledge when you get something done. 7. Track your time to see where are the leaks. 8. Block off your focus time. Schedule in your calendar uninterrupted time to help you focus on your business or important project. 9. Set boundaries. Let people around you know that you will not pick up phone calls during specific times. 10. First things first. Your family is more important than any other project. Protect your family time. 11. Schedule time for yourself. Unless you are satisfied with where you are, schedule time to read, learn and grow personally. Even if you only get 1 hour for yourself every week, this will give you 52 hours per year. 12. Focus on productivity, not busyness. Keep in mind that addiction to busyness doesn’t make you effective. 13. Take time to rest. We all have limited amount of energy. Failing to re-energize lowers your ability to function. 14. Prioritize your tasks. Have you heard about the 80/20 rule? It’s true even when it comes to time management. 80% of your activities create 20% of your results and 20% of your activities contribute to 80% of your results. Recognizing what the 20% of the activities are will be a game changer. 15. Delegate. Whatever is not your strength or you know somebody who can do it better, cheaper, faster, you should delegate it to them. Delegation doesn’t only save you time, it also helps you create better results faster. 16. Use egg timer. This simple tool saved me a lot of wasted time. It reminds me to quickly get back to the project and get it done before I have to move on. 17. Take breaks. Even short break when you stretch, have a quick conversation or run up and down the stairs might help you between the projects. Remember to get back within 10-15 minutes or it might be hard to get back to work. 18. Success starts with self-discipline! You can keep blaming lack of time on others or you can take responsibility and start managing your time instead of giving this power to others. 19. Connect every task to your goal. Does it move you forward in the right direction or is it a distraction? Does it speed up the process or does it slow you down? 20. Assign a deadline to your items to avoid letting it slip through the cracks. 21. Acknowledge your uniqueness. What works for others might not necessarily work for you. Pay attention to how you best take action and produce results and keep doing that.
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