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I love being a busy person because it keeps me energetic and proactive. For this, I am always looking for better ways to create more time by practicing my time management tips.
It is never too late to start practicing the art of time management, in this post I share some key strategies that work for me every time.
You don’t have to practice all these time management tips at once. Start by slowly incorporating these into your life.
You will definitely see a difference.
1. Start Making Decisions
This is the most important factor when it comes to saving and maximizing your time.
Making decisions is not always an easy process especially when the outcome is uncertain but, we all have to make decisions every now and then.
Ranging from simple things like what to have for dinner to life-changing decisions like careers, relationships, and education.
Try not to get caught up in the web of endless research or asking others for recommendations. This may help in making an informed decision or end up confusing you.
Too much information and too many opinions may get you stuck and wasting more time. Move this process along by thinking fast.
However it goes, you just have to keep it pushing.
2. Proper Prioritising Is Key
Master how to allocate your time by practicing proper prioritization. Group your day to day activities based on how urgent and important the tasks are.
Important and urgent: Tasks that must be done and completed quickly.
Important but not urgent: Tasks that appear important but aren’t time conscious.
Urgent but not important: These tasks are time-sensitive but with little value.
Not urgent and not important: These are generally low priority tasks; not time-sensitive and generate little value.
Complete the most important tasks first. This gives a sense of accomplishment that will naturally flow and keep you pumped for the rest of the day.
Once you are able to complete the important tasks, the day is already a success.
You can move on to other things or delegate. This is the golden rule of mastering time management.
3. Plan And Complete Your To-Do List By The Hour
Your to-do planner can easily become overwhelming when you think of it in its totality.
The magnitude of it may be scary but do not spend precious time thinking about how to start.
Just breathe and take it one step at a time. Start with one, and then another.
Section your day and tasks into 4 groups starting with the most urgent and important ones before noon.
Group them in such a way you complete the less important ones by the end of the day.
You can be more specific by pinning every activity to each hour of the day.
This way, you will know what you should be doing at every point in time.
4. Learn To Say No
One of my biggest time-wasters is wanting to please everybody.
Pleasing people means spending time on people, the time you can actually use to get things done for yourself.
It’s just all about prioritizing. You can definitely help people and complete their tasks as well.
What I do is prioritize according to the urgency of tasks. You can’t abandon your life while helping other people run theirs.