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10 Tips to Master Time Management

Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:55 PM | Jessica Chipman (Administrator)

Jessica Chipman
Office Manager

Do you wish there were more hours in a day? Busy schedules tend to make us wish for more time. Being stretched for time can cause stress and anxiety. Though we can’t add additional time to a day, we can modify our schedule to help eliminate stress. Below are some tips to make the most out of your time:

10 Tips to Master Time Management

1)    Plan your day.

Take a half hour each night to plan the next day. Jotting what you need to do on paper will help you to visually plan out your day. It will help you to set realistic expectations of what you may be able to achieve.

2)    Learn how to say no.

Many of us overbook ourselves which causes more stress in our lives. If you don’t have the time to do something, don’t do it. Prioritize what is important in your life and say no to things you can live without.

3)    Turn off your phone.

If you’re in a meeting or working on something important, turn your phone off or put it out of sight. Having your phone by your side at all times may distract you and waste your time.

4)    Ask for help.

If you have a lot on your plate reach out to someone. They might be able to lend a helping hand.

5)    Account for interruptions.

Interruptions are bound to happen. Something may come up spur of the moment. When planning your day, remember not book every minute of your day so that you can address potential disruptions.

6)    Complete important tasks first.

Write down the top three important tasks you need to accomplish. Prioritize those tasks by carrying them out first. If you wait until later in the day, the tasks may not get done.

7)    Follow through.

If you scheduled a meeting or an appointment make sure you go to it. If you cancel a meeting at the last minute, it may end up being rescheduled. Continually rescheduling meetings wastes more time and energy as you search for alternate dates and meeting locations.

8)    Under promise, over deliver.

Though some people may not like this phrase, to me it emphasizes an important concept – setting expectations at a reasonable level. Be reasonable when making promises. Don’t set other people’s expectations too high causing disappointment. If you repeatedly over promise and under deliver – trust issues may occur.

9)    Exercise, eat right, and sleep.

It’s important to take care of yourself. When you are your best self, you’ll have more energy to tackle the day.

10)  Commit to less.

Don’t put too much on your plate. Slow down and try to eliminate activities that you don’t like or are not obligated to do. Make more time for yourself.

We all have 24 hours in day. By using these tips, hopefully you’ll eliminate stress and get the most out of your time. Alan Lakein, a time management author, emphasizes “Time = life; therefore, waste your time and waste your life, or master your time and master your life.” Take the time to set boundaries and master your life.

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