Time Management Skills for Smoother Days
By Donna Stark
It's been said that if you take care of the minutes in your day, the hours will take care of themselves. In other words, time management is important, and it's important from the moment you wake up in the morning to the very last minute of the day when your head hits the sack. For some people, their time management skills are perfectly on point. They navigate their days with intention, focus, and purpose. But for others? Well, they could use some help to not freak out so much. How about you? Which group are you in? If you are part of the latter and recognize your days don't run as smoothly as others, don't worry! Because with the right help, you can be just as efficient as the first group!
Improving Time Management Skills
Having successful, productive, and stress-free days is relatively easy once you learn how to manage your time, but learning how to do that isn't as easy as it seems. Here are some suggestions on how to build those essential time management skills.
- Prioritizing - Sure, some days you can just wing it, but for a day to successful and productive, there needs to be a plan of action. In order to know where to start and what to do, you have to prioritize your responsibilities. Do the most important and urgent things right away and save the stuff that simply just keeps you busy for later or for someone else.
- Saying no - This can be a hard thing to do if you cherish the idea of being the indispensable helper for everyone around you, but sometimes, in order to complete what is truly important, you have to say no. This is where your priority list comes into play! You need to be prepared to make those decisions, commit to them, and stay strong!
- Eliminate distractions - Pay attention to the number of times you are interrupted in your day and take the necessary steps to keep that from happening! It may require a lot of willpower to do this, but once you start, it does become easier. So put your phone away, get off of social media, and avoid the office chatter. You can also designate certain times throughout the day to make phone calls and catch up on emails.
- Delegate - It doesn't matter what your job is or where you work, there is always something that can be taken off your shoulders and delegated. The day-to-day operations of your life and work are full of opportunities to share responsibility, so whether the work is in an office or at home, look to those around you to share the workload.
Those Minutes Add Up
By paying attention to how you spend your minutes, you may actually be able to start adding hours to your days. And with time being our most precious commodity, wouldn't that be a wonderful thing?
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