Select Member Mike Gardner, also known as The Time Doctor, has some time management tips to help you get more done…
I’m sure you’ll agree that (aside from during the Christmas break) most people are constantly busy with work, family and other responsibilities. It’s vital that we get as much done in the shortest time possible, otherwise we just can’t fit everything into our schedules. Of course, this doesn’t mean that we can do our tasks badly. In fact, the opposite is true. It takes good time measurement skills to fit in our tasks and to do them well. Continue reading to discover some easy time management tips which will help you become more proficient at time management.
Get into the habit of creating a schedule or to-do list every evening. Sit down after dinner, or just before going to bed, and write down all the things that you want to get accomplished the next day. Try to put them in order of priority and then stick to this order as best you can.
It can be really helpful to assign a time limit to each task that you want to complete. Not all tasks can have a time limit but limit those such as checking your social pages and answering emails.
You may find it helpful to use a calendar to complete all of your daily activities. Don’t forget about using a digital calendar such as the Google Calendar. Or you can download various calendar apps to your smartphones. Many digital calendars will now sync across all your devices, which allows you to update your main calendar on the go.
Organisers are also helpful when it comes to staying organised and scheduling out your priorities. You can keep track of all your projects, to-do lists, and other appointments and tasks easily. One great organiser is Evernote – it’s free and syncs across all of your devices.
To become a master at time management it is important to know your deadlines and meet them. If a deadline suddenly changes just move this item to the top of your to-do list. You may even find it helpful to create a daily and a weekly to-do list.
If you are struggling to get enough accomplished in one day then you need to improve your time management skills. Start a to-do list immediately, even if you just use a notepad and pen to do so. Place this list somewhere you will see it first thing in the morning. This might be on your breakfast table, or on your desk or attached to your monitor.
When you get up in the morning you will immediately know what tasks you have to get done and in what order. If things suddenly change, don’t panic, just rearrange the item on your list. Before you know it you will be easily meeting deadlines and getting more done than ever before.
Don’t forget to utilise technology to your benefit. Download calendar and to-do list apps and organisers and then use them. Once you do, you won’t know how you managed without them.
You can click here to visit The Time Doctor website and download Mike’s free e-book “20 Top Time Management Tips”.