Friday, 20 November 2015

7 Ways to Manage Your Time

When it comes to success, there are no shortcuts, and you have to be willing to put in the time to become the success you envision yourself to be. To do this, however, you have to firstly HAVE the time to become the aforementioned success, and secondly and more importantly, you have to USE the time you have available to you in the most efficient, resourceful way possible. To help you do just this, here are a few tips that could have you well on your way to that super-successful version of yourself, provided you put in the hard work, of course. Without further ado (don’t want to take up too much of your time now, do we?) here they are:

Make a Time Diary
Jot down how you’re spending your time, over a week at least, to get an idea of just what you’re doing each week; make sure you’re honest, if you spend 25 hours a week watching television, write it down.

If you don’t know what you’re doing with your time currently, you can’t know how to better it and in effect, be more effective.

Learn to Say "No"
Switch off your cell phone and beeper. If someone asks you to do something that you don't have time to do, politely but firmly respond accordingly. And don't feel guilty for doing so.

Time-Based, To-Do List
Lists are always helpful, and you can’t have an effective plan until you have this, a time-based to-do list to know exactly what you have to do, when you have to do it, and how much time you have to do it in.

Let Your Computer Help
There are many time-scheduling software available on the Internet to help you make the most of your time and you should avail of these to get a better handle on your time.

Letting your computer help also enables you to minimize the amount of clutter you have, phone numbers on slips of paper, business cards in notebooks, a desk piled high with calendars and lists and the like.

Multitasking (although possibly dangerous such as talking on the phone while driving etc) can be effective if done properly. Listen to books on tape while commuting. When you watch television, pay your bills.

Don't Be a Perfectionist
Perfectionism is procrastination if you spend an inordinate amount of time making sure that every detail (whether important or not) is EXACTLY the way you want it to be. This excessive attention could be much better used.

Setting unattainable expectations of yourself just adds stress to your life, Kemp explains.
Reward Yourself
Never let any progress, however small, go unrewarded.
It can be as small as spending some time with yourself or getting a massage, but a sense of accomplishment accompanies the confidence and drive to go on and do more.


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