By Sam Sander
Do you never seem to have enough time in your day? Do you spend all your time at work and never get time for family or relaxation? Unfortunately you can't make more hours and minutes in the day, but you can make the most of what time you have. This article discusses some of the easiest, and most effective, time management tips.
One of the best routines you can develop to manage your time well is to prepare a list of daily jobs. Writing down your chores will give get you back in charge of your agenda and allows you to achieve more in less time.
After you achieve each job cross it off your list. You'll feel great that you've achieved something and gives you the motivation to keep on going.
Each day look at your list of tasks and rearrange them so you are doing the most important tasks first. Then make sure you have time to do them all. If you need to push some things out until tomorrow, then do so. The aim of having a list is to take the stress out of getting things done, and getting important things done first.
Another important time management tip is to say no when you need to say no.
And we're all guilty of it, and find ourselves in over our heads in projects and other commitments simply because we don't have the heart to say no to someone in need. The problem is, if you stretch yourself too thin, you will be so stressed by the amount of work you have to do that you'll no longer be able to perform at your peak and this will compromise the quality of your efforts.
If someone asks you for help, first take a look at your schedule and see if you can get your existing tasks done and have spare time to help them. If not, say no.
And make sure you find out all the facts. Don't take on a new project before you know how much time and effort it will take. And make sure you allow for those little things that go wrong or take a little longer to do.
And finally, get organised!
There are dozens of tasks that you need to perform every single day, such as getting ready for work, getting the kids organised for school and getting the nightly dinner chores complete. Organize your schedule so that these activities and chores are clustered into logical clumps of activity, giving you more time for your other jobs.
And finish tasks completely before moving onto another, to avoid things piling up on you. Also, it's much easier to finish a task by keeping your mind on the one job, rather than flick from one job to another.
With these helpful time management tips, you will be able to achieve much more and make the most of your time.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
By Sam Sander