10 TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS
1. Complete most important tasks first
This is the golden rule of time management. Each day, identify the two or three tasks that are the most crucial to complete, and do those first. Once you’re done, the day has already been a success. You can move on to other things, or you can let them wait until tomorrow. You’ve finished the essential.
2. Learn to say “no”
You need to learn to decline opportunities. Your objective should be to take on only those commitments that you know you have time for and that you truly care about.
3. Devote your entire focus to the task at hand
Concentrate on this one task. Nothing else should exist. Immerse yourself in it.
MANAGING TIME ISN’T ABOUT SQUEEZING AS MANY TASKS INTO YOUR DAY AS POSSIBLE.
IT’S ABOUT SIMPLIFYING HOW YOU WORK, DOING THINGS FASTER AND ELIMINATING THE NON-ESSENTIAL.
4. Get an early start
Nearly all of us are plagued by the impulse to procrastinate. It’s so much less stressful to get an earlier start on something. It isn’t that difficult either, if you just decide firmly to do it.
5. Don’t allow unimportant details to drag you down
Don’t be a perfectionist. Just have to push past the desire to constantly examine what you’ve done so far. It is much better to press on, get the bulk completed, and revisit things afterwards.
6. Give a time limit in which to complete tasks
Instead of just sitting down to work on a project and thinking, “I’m going to be here until this is done,” try thinking, “I’m going to work on this for three hours”. The time constraint will push you to focus and be more efficient, even if you end up having to go back and add a bit more later.
7. Do less
It simply means do the things that really matter and eliminate the non-essentials. Slow down, notice what needs to be done, and concentrate on those things. Do less things that create more value, rather than more things that are mostly empty.
8. Create organizing systems
Being organized saves tons of time, and you don’t have to be the most ultra organized person in the world either. Systems aren’t complicated to implement. Create a filing system for documents, make sure all items have a place to be stored, and unsubscribe from e-mail lists if you don’t want to receive their content.
9. Do something during waiting time
We tend to have a lot of down-time where we don’t try to do much. Waiting rooms, lines at the store, time on the public transport, etc. Find things to do during this time. Reading during waiting time is a very good example.
10. Commit to your plan to do something.
Be resolute. Be committed. Be professional about it, and follow through. A firm will to accomplish what you decide to accomplish will take you anywhere.
Our lives are full of excesses. When we can identify these excesses and remove them, we become more and more in touch with what is significant and what deserves our time.