Most times, when you analyse your day, you wonder where all the time went to. You look at your to-do list and find unfinished tasks. And so you resort to carrying over those tasks to the next day, thereby more tasks to the ones meant for the next day.
At the end of the following day, you still realise you’ve not finished your to-do list; and then you repeat the carrying over again. There comes the need for Time Management.
Time Management is the conscious effort of finishing task on time or at the stipulated time given for those tasks to have been completed. It is a life skill that is very paramount and essential.
Time they say is the costliest commodity. Infact, it is priceless; and so there is need to make maximum use of it for our benefit because time lost can never be regained.
How Then Can You Manage Your Time?
- Imbibe the habit of waking up early: To achieve maximum time management, you have to start your day early. Waking up early gives you more time for yourself. Research also says that it helps to boost good mood and mental health. It also increases organisation and productivity. You also have time to plan your day and have a foresight of how your day is going to be. It helps you to be in charge of your day. Unlike waking up late, you start your day anxious about being late for work; you hurry to get to work on time. No time to plan your day and prepare for whatever comes your way; and so you are at the mercy of whatever the day brings. To avoid this, you can set an alarm to help you wake early.
- Plan your day: Plan how your day is going to be. Write down a plan on how you will spend your day. Take charge of it. Set goals. Not just any type of goals but SMART goals. They must be Smart, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound.
- Prioritize your goals: Apply the “SCALE OF PREFERENCE” concept on your goals. Rank your goals by writing down the most important ones to the least important ones. Make sure you also prioritize them according to how urgent they are. Also, make sure you are not prioritizing goals according to how interesting and fun, or how easy they are. They should be ranked according to how important and urgent they are.
- Allocate time to each of them: Set a time limit for each of those goals. But note: in your bid to set the time limit for each goal, make sure to give enough time to each task according to your speed (especially to the ones that must be completed). Don’t be to hard on yourself in your bid to manage your time. Make sure important tasks are completed. Don’t give little time to tasks that need enough time. You can give enough time time to a task and try to finish before the time elapses. Then, you can reduce the time allocated to that task later as your speed increases. Your can also multitask.
- Rule out non-essential tasks: As you prioritize your tasks. Try to remove non-essential tasks. They only add to the number of your tasks and are time wasting. Even if those tasks seem fun, if they are irrelevant. Discipline yourself to rule them out and face important ones.
- Take breaks: Take breaks from time to time after completing tasks. It helps you not to get worn out. Have time to think, or do something else that is less tasking and more fun. You could relax and listen to some music or watch educative or hilarious videos that would make you laugh and relax. It reduces stress and is good for the health.
With these steps, you are sure to manage time effectively and get more done.