What is the point of time management tips?
Changing time management habits takes
time and effort, and it is always much
easier when you have a simple system of
practical rules and hints that are easy
to keep in mind.
That is exactly what the tips below are for.
Know what you want from your time
The proven way to do it is to
and to set them
The rest of the
time management tips below will help you
be effective in achieving your goals
and making time management decisions.
Learn to see the difference between
urgent and important
The important tasks are those that lead you to your goals, and give you most of the long term progress and reward. Those tasks are very often not urgent. Many urgent tasks are not really important.
Know and respect your priorities
Aim to do the important things first.
Remember the 80-20 rule: 80 percent of
reward comes from 20 percent of effort.
One of the aims of time management tips is
to help you refocus your mind to give more
attention and time to
those most important 20 percent.
Plan your actions for achieving your goals
Convert your goals into a system of
specific actions to be done. The first
significant point of planning is
the planning process itself.
It is a known fact, and you will see it
for yourself, that the planning process
stimulates your brain to come up with new
efficient solutions. It programs your
subconscious mind to search for shortcuts.
It makes you much more prepared for each
specific action. Besides, planning will
help you to identify potential conflicts
and crises, minimizing the number of urgent tasks.
Planning can also significantly lower
the time spent on routine maintenance tasks,
leaving you more time on what you like
to do or for what you think is important
long term success.
Also remember that planning and related
time management tips work best when you
review your plans regularly.
Schedule time for your tasks
Your concentration can be easily lost in
the sea of many boring or less
important things waiting to be done in
your head. Undone things circulating in
your mind are also a big drain of your
mental energy. Most often,
there is no way to get those things out of
your mind except of either doing them or
scheduling them in a trustable system,
convincing your mind that they will be done
in due time.
Know how you spend your time
Keep a time log during some time interval,
like a week, and then analyze it to see
where your time goes. For example,
what percentage of time you spend on
urgent and on important activities,
what people you devote most time to.
You are likely to be surprised,
and you will see much better if you could
use more time management tips.
This is also an effective way to get a
feedback on how well
time management tips and techniques
are working for you, and where you need
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