As they say, time is a valuable thing, whether you assign a dollar value to it or not. And when work, life, and responsibilities happen all at the same time (for most of us, every single day), it’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed just looking at a huge to-do list, wondering how you’re going to be able to complete everything ON TIME. Of course, being the resilient people we are (shoutout to all the parents out there!), we try to juggle everything with the little time we have–which eventually leads to unwanted stress and anxiety!
Time-management skills are a set of skills that help you ensure that your time is being spent as effectively as possible. Mastery of this skill enables a person to have control of their schedules and get through daily tasks quickly and effectively.
So if you’re tired and fed-up of always feeling pressed for time, here are ten tips to improve your time-management skills:
Don’t hesitate to start your tasks early if you get the chance. Starting earlier than your schedule can help you overcome the initial preparatory stages of a chore or an assignment, and it can also help you avoid procrastination.
Set limits for yourself
Don’t take on too many responsibilities than what you can handle (if you have a choice, that is). Set daily limits for active jobs (or chores, if you’re not employed) you’ll be doing to avoid having an overwhelming number of responsibilities you can’t keep up.
Go on breaks
Why deprive your mind and body of short, personal breaks when they can allow you to decompress and come back to your tasks with a new perspective? Treat yourself to dedicated breaks throughout the day, so you can also help yourself develop stress management habits effectively. You don’t want to burn yourself out, do you?
Schedule tasks and deadlines
Work smart and set a detailed schedule for each task, and if possible, a deadline for them. Having a set schedule helps you visualize the chores/tasks that need more time and effort, and it can also help you better understand the pace at which your comfortable getting everything done. Remember that a comprehensive schedule serves as the foundation for honing your prioritization skills.
Clear your clutter
Unwanted clutter, aside from distracting you from your tasks and responsibilities, prevents you from getting the right materials and things you’ll need to complete your to-do list. Keeping your surroundings clean and organized helps you develop organizational skills that will also help you strengthen your planning capabilities and alleviate daily stress!
Get to know yourself
Everybody has his/her own pattern of productivity throughout the day. Some are more efficient in the earlier hours of the day, whereas others prefer to start after lunch. Get to know yourself and identify what times of day are most productive for you, so you can use each part of the day more effectively. Doing so will help you lessen schedule tasks during your less productive times and steers you away from procrastination.
Focus on one task at a time
Whatever you do, don’t force yourself to multitask, especially if you’re not comfortable with doing several things at once. Though multitasking may seem like an effective strategy to get through your schedule quicker, focusing on one task at a time helps you provide a greater quality of work and helps reduce potential distractions.
Reinforce good habits
When you notice a difference in your productivity and feel like your finishing chores or tasks quicker, take note of the techniques you’ve applied and reinforce your success with a small reward. Find an enjoyable treat for yourself to help you reduce stress and motivate you to continue with your good habits.
How important are each of your tasks are? Are they connected? Make sure to add priority to specific chores or tasks to help you focus your efforts on the ones that need most of your time. Practicing this skill allows you to construct your schedules better and delegate tasks, if possible.
Try different techniques
Taking control of your schedule and becoming a time management expert doesn’t happen overnight. To level up, one must experiment with different time management techniques to understand what works best for you. Are you someone who prefers to have a timer or a clock in view? Does classification work best for you? You’ll know as you go along.
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