Time management” is the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities. Good time management enables you to work smarter – not harder – so that you get more done in less time, even when time is tight and pressures are high.
Are you constantly finding yourself behind at work or school, you arrive at the end of the day and realize you’ve accomplished nothing on your to-do list? Well, the odds are you’re not very good at time management. And that is not doing your psychological health any favors.
A study published in work and stress found that workers who didn’t productively manage their time felt less in control of their lives. Here’s the good news, you can get better. Paying attention to how you spend your time will help you manage it more effectively.
And we’re going to help you to learn how to do just that. Today on a webcast, we’re going to get you in control of your day with our rock method, recording, analyzing, and changing three easy steps to great time management. Pause and print a copy of our handy webcast day planner of printing.
Time Management Tip One
Let’s dive in. Tip one, recording when you wake up tomorrow. Note the time in your day planner. as the day progresses, write down everything that you do. Yes, we mean everything. The 10 minutes you spent getting dressed, the half-day of productive work. The hours you spent between social networking sites, we mean it all. Keep this up from the time you wake up until you go to sleep.
Time Management Tip Two
Tip two, analyzing at the end of the day, go through the schedule, and highlight any chunks of time that you don’t feel were used productively. Pick out your five biggest time wasters in your day. Be honest with yourself. You spent half an hour by the coffee machine talking to your coworker. You spent an hour on Facebook, and you stared into space for 20 minutes.
Come on, you get the picture, especially focused on the time-wasters at work. Why? A study published by the British Medical Journal says that workplace stress is minimized by effective time management. It also says that workplace stress bleeds over into home life and undermines a relaxed life at home. Here’s the ugly part add up all the time you wasted. How much productive time did you blow on activities that got you no results?
Time Management Tip Three
Tip three. Changing now it’s time to come up with a way to get that time back. Here are three ways to change your time-wasting habits and become a better time manager prioritize. to-do lists are an effective way to manage your time and your priorities. limit the number of tasks you have on this list to five and assign rankings to them in order of importance.
Declutter Not only is decluttering great for your health, but you won’t waste time digging around piles of stuff to find that one piece of paper that you need. Check out our webcast on clutter for some helpful tips on lightening your load schedule. Hey, we all try to kill two birds with one stone. But odds are multitasking will just stress you out and delay you even more.
Instead, set aside blocks of time for individual activities. For each activity set, start and stop points. This way your day is cleanly segmented, then stick to this schedule. Try going one week using these tips to reduce your waste of time. At the end of the week, go figure out where you’ve improved your time management skills and how much time you’ve saved.
Summary of the blog
Today you learned how to manage your time better by using our webcast rack method, recorded, analyzed, and hopefully changed how you use your time. And you did this by learning how to prioritize your most important tasks. declutter your workspace to save you time and you learned how to build yourself an effective schedule to block out your day. Hey, how did rack work for you? We want to hear how much time you were wasting and how much you’re saving now.