Ever tried to tackle something so large you just didn’t know where to start? Whenever I’m in that type of situation I always try to find some tips so I at least have a starting point.Time Management is an ongoing learning adventure. The more you learn the more manageable it can get. Here are some tips to improve your time management that will help you get you on the right start.
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1. Set Your Priorities
There are always going to be things needing to get done. Some weeks there are going to be an overwhelming amount of things screaming for your attention. So what do you do first? Most people will do whatever is screaming the loudest but unfortunately the loudest doesn’t always mean the most important. The best way in taming your time is to set your priorities. What comes first in your life? Is it family, your career, your business, your classes? Once you set your priorities you will be able to know what comes first.
2. Get yourself the right tools
The human mind is like a powerful computer without a save option. Our minds can come up with ideas, visions, dreams, handle many complicated thoughts and information but in time we will eventually forget. To store all of these important information we must have the right tools. Find yourself an organizer, a calendar, a computer application, or online program that best fits your lifestyle and responsibilities. You will eventually forget but if you have it written down somewhere you can always go back and process those ideas later.
3. Make a List
Have you ever went into a grocery store while hungry. The worst scenario you can be in because you begin to purchase everything and anything. The best way to stay in budget is to make a list of what needs to be purchased. To better manage your time you must create a to do list. Take some time and just list out everything you need to get done.
4. Minimize Distractions
Another tip… (checks email) …. to improve (checks Facebook) … your Time … (replying to a text) Management is to minimize your distractions. One of the main time killers is distractions. Every time you get distracted it takes you a longer time to refocus which will push back your schedule. Before you start on a task make sure to minimize your distractions. Log off of Facebook and twitter, place your phone on silent and get to work.
I would love to hear your top tips also. Let us learn from each other.