Time Management: Benefits and Resources
Time management is one of the most underrated skills a person can have. With the right time management skills, you can prioritize your daily tasks, remain better organized, and achieve your short- and long-term goals more successfully. Without proper time management, you may find yourself missing deadlines and feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
Here’s some advice.
Keep a Meticulous Daily Planner
Whether it’s a physical planner or a digital one on your computer or phone, keeping a detailed daily planner is a must. Planners are great not only for keeping track of deadlines and appointments, but for tracking your short- and long-term goals as well. If you’re thinking of going the digital route, look into options that will sync across your devices (work computer, personal laptop, smartphone, etc.) so you’re never without the information you need.
I’ve been using CultureCode’s “Things” app for Mac and iOS. It’s an app I use every day and would be lost without it. I can keep track of multiple projects as well as simple tasks. You can also schedule repeating tasks daily, weekly, monthly or annually if need be. It all seamlessly backs up to the cloud and syncs to all of my devices. It’s on the pricey side, but I find it to be well worth it. You can learn more here.
Know How to Prioritize Your “To-Do” List
Sometimes, simply writing down a “to-do” list isn’t enough. Although I’m a big fan of digital tools, I occasionally create a to-do list on paper. When you’ve got a lot to do and not a lot of time, being able to prioritize tasks is a must-have time-management skill. Begin by writing down a list of everything you need to get done (whether it’s for the day, for the week, or for the month). Working off that list, number each item in order of due date, importance, and amount of time required. This will help you prioritize what needs to be worked on first and what can maybe wait until later. This has helped me really focus on what “needs” to be done instead of what I “want” to get done.
Recognize and Avoid Time-Wasters
Finally, learn to identify your daily time-wasters and find ways to avoid them during your workday. Social media is a huge time-waster and productivity-killer for many. If this applies to you, consider installing a browser blocker app or plug-in that will prevent you from visiting your known time-wasting sites (like Facebook or Twitter) during your dedicated work hours. You’d be amazed at what a difference this can make in the way you use your time throughout the day. It doesn’t take much to find yourself down a huge rabbit hole.
Learning how to better manage your time is a lot easier than you may think. Try implementing these tips in your work day to see just how much more productive you can be and how you can make better use of your precious time.
How are you managing your time?