Develop Effective Time Management Habits

19 11 2011

Time is important in every aspect of business- time is money. You often find yourself managing a bunch of activities, all on different timelines. Managing your time wisely not only helps you get your activities done effectively, but they can help you stay away from unnecessary stress and chaos that comes with procrastination.

Time Management Tips:

1) Realize that you can only control so much. No matter how organized we are, there are always only 24 hours in a day. Time doesn’t change. You can always have the unexpected happen. All we can actually manage is ourselves and what we do with the time that we have.

2) Find out where you’re wasting time. Do you spend too much time ‘Net surfing, reading email, or making personal calls? Tracking Daily Activities explains how to track your activities so you can form a accurate picture of what you actually do, the first step to effective time management.

3) Prioritize ruthlessly. You should start each day with a time management session prioritizing the tasks for that day and setting your performance benchmark. If you have 20 tasks for a given day, how many of them do you truly need to accomplish

4) Establish routines and stick to them as much as possible. While crises will arise, you’ll be much more productive if you can follow routines most of the time.

5) Get in the habit of setting time limits for tasks. For instance, reading and answering email can take up your whole day if you let it. Instead, set a limit of one hour a day for this task and stick to it.

Trying some of these time management tips will help you get on a good plan and create some healthy time management habits.

 

 

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