Do you ever get the feeling that you are rushing through your day because there just isn’t enough time to get everything done? Is scheduling your day a tough assignment? Do you always wish you could schedule your time better? If this sounds like you, these suggestions should be incredibly beneficial to your life and schedule.
If you’re always running late or behind, try being more aware of deadlines. You can get behind on things if you find out a deadline is coming up. If you learn to complete tasks on time, you will be able to get more things done throughout the day.
Review your task list at the end of each day and organize it effectively. Starting the day already knowing in advance what needs to be done will give you a better chance at achieving your goals. Look over the day carefully to ensure you have not overbooked for the day.
If you don’t enjoy managing your time, try concentrating on one task at a time. It can be overwhelming to multi-task. When you try to work on too many tasks at the same time, it will exhaust you, and the work quality will suffer. Take a breath, stay calm, and remain focused on a single task through to completion, and then tackle the next one.
Planning a day ahead will help your stress. As one day ends, you can make a list of tasks to do for the next day, or set out a more detailed plan of action. If you do this, you can relax a little knowing what you will be prepared for the next day.
Figure out what is most important to you. Sometimes you waste time doing things that are not important. This will allow you to maximize the quality of your production. Make a list of things to do and rank them by importance.
If you would like to work better, close the door to your office. When you leave your door open, others will think they are welcome to come in. Closing your door gives you privacy. People will know you’re trying to focus on work, allowing you to complete things more efficiently.
Unless you need to, don’t answers texts, instant messages, and phone calls when doing other things. It can be hard to find your focus if you allow yourself to be interrupted. Just deal with those issues later.
Stay focused on what you are doing until it’s done. Don’t get too distracted by anything that happens when you’re doing this task. You may find that people try to layer on additional “important” tasks while you still are working on completing the first. Never allow this to happen. Before accepting a task, finish the one you’re working on.
Write down what needs doing every day, and put it in order of priority. When you finish each task, check it off the list. If you are not able to personally remember each task on your list in your head, copy it and take it with you.
Time is something we will never get back once spent. The past is a closed book; the only way to improve our use of time is to be more efficient and effective at managing it in the future. With all the tips learned here, the next step is to practice it and effectively manage your time.