Learning Time Management
Learning time management is one of the most basic
skills for success in any endeavor, especially in reaching your business and
educational goals. You may wonder how time management can be used to improve
you life? Here are some tips and examples for improving your time management
skills and streamlining your day.
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Techniques for Learning Time Management
- Use Technology, Don't Let
Technology Use You. Getting bombarded by constant
emails and social media updates can get exhausting. Checking these draining
outlets is also time-consuming and detrimental to your goals. Seeing what other
people are doing can make you distracted and unmotivated. This makes you waver
from your journey. Instead of technology being a burden, make it an ally. Use
your smartphone’s calendar to record important deadlines, so when it beeps, you
know it's a reminder to work. Utilize the folders in your email to separate the
spam from the urgent correspondence. In this way, you use technology as a tool
that makes your life easier.
- Get Organized. Precious time is lost looking for that stapler or computer cord that
you need. In order to manage your time better, you have to manage your space.
It make take an afternoon, but clearing out your desk will pay off big time in
saving your time during your work day. You will also find that you are saving
money by knowing where your supplies are.
- Put your Phone Away. Putting any distractions away, like your phone, will send a signal
to your brain that it is time to work. Clearly delineating work time from lunch
or any other downtime will help you to focus when it is time to get to
- Keep a Journal. It can be hard to stay motivated when you have so much to do and not
enough time to do it. Keep a journal, in addition to a planner. A planner only
says what you should have done. Using a journal to write out each day's
achievement will keep you stay motivated by allowing you to document all your
successes. You will have the ability to go back and see what you did with your
time in a more informal way.
- Streamline Your Day. At the end of the day, take a look at where you drained the most
time. Could you take a more direct route to work? Could you get up earlier to
avoid that traffic? There are many ways to save time during your day. Set out
your clothes and prepare the next day's lunch the night before.
- Keep Your Planner Simple. You may be tempted to go out and buy an expensive planner with
every single half an hour mapped out for the next two years. This in itself can
cause you more anxiety. Try keeping a monthly planner to keep track of all your
deadlines and meetings, and a separate daily pad to chart each day. Schedules
change in the blink of an eye, so refreshing yourself with your daily duties
will help you keep from getting overwhelmed.
- Plan Down Time. When planning out your day, be sure to plan time off. This is more
than just lunch time. Mentally, facing an entire day with no opportunities to
rest can make you want to drag your feet. It may seem counter-intuitive to take
time off during your busy day, but just knowing that you will have a five
minute rest after finishing that important email will help you to focus on your
work and do a better job.
- Calm down. It doesn't really matter how much time you have if your mind is not
there. Make sure you start the day off with a good night's sleep, breakfast,
and a polished appearance. It may seem like a waste of time to iron your pants
everyday, but think of how you will feel when you look at yourself in the
elevator mirror! There are other little things you can do to help you stay in
the present. That is, after all, the only place where you can be productive.
These are just a few techniques for
improving the way that you manage your time at work. They can also be applied
to any hobby or even to your relaxation time because they are based on staying
present and minimizing distractions. When you set clear guidelines for how to
manage your time, you feel empowered. Empowerment leads to greater
productivity. As a leader, managing your time reflects your ability to manage
your life. Time, they say, is money, and in order to be successful, in order to
lead others, you must be able to lead yourself. Time is a finite resource, and
like other resources it must be used properly in order for society to thrive.
This is the foundations of learning time management and we hope you enjoyed the article. To read some more articles and information about learning time management return to our time management hub.