Being able to work successfully and achieve maximum productivity whilst still having the time to wind down and enjoy the day is not only a job well done, but it is also something that seems quite unattainable and extremely difficult for most people.
But I’m here to tell you that this doesn’t have to be the case any longer. Being able to balance being productive and relaxed is a skill that can be easily developed. It all plays down to having self discipline and being immensely organized. Believe it or not, that annoying, old fashioned saying, “no work, no pay” is not at all fiction which means that now is the time for you to fix those bad habits of yours and develop some good time management skills. So, in this blog post, I’ve gathered a list of 5 amazing time management tips that will help you get more done in less time.
Why Is Having Good Time Management Important?
Understanding the importance of time is such an awesome awakening, meaning that you'll no longer engage with things that are unnecessary, a waste and are just not worthy of your presence and time.
Having good time management skills will result in you developing life changing habits such as patience which I think is a direct access to success alongside hard work.
Good Time Management means:
Here Are 5 Effective Ways You Can Manage Your Time Efficiently
1. Limit The Time You Actually Have
Although being under pressure means stress for the majority, a lot of people seem to work at a faster pace with minimum wasted effort when there is a set deadline. This is why I 100% recommend that you make your own deadlines at least a week or two before the actual deadline.
Train your mind into successfully getting the tasks done and then perfecting them later. This will prevent you from spending too much time and giving your best efforts on a specific task whilst neglecting and lowering your standards on the other tasks you have to complete. You might even want to try working in blocks or sessions. Start Utilizing Parkinson’s Law to get those errands done immediately!
To put simply, delegate a time block (for example, a 3 hours period) to get a specific task done. Make sure that within those 3 hours, that task is successfully completed and won’t overrun into another session. This will ensure discipline and free up so much more time in your day for other things.
I really can’t express how much this has helped me in my life especially when it came to studying.
2. Prioritize And Choose Your Top 3!
This means grabbing a piece of paper and a pencil and making a small but somewhat in depth, to-do list. Pick the top three most important tasks or the most difficult tasks that require the most time, effort and will give you that satisfying feeling when they’re done and out of the way. If these tasks are extremely important then it wouldn’t make sense for you to leave them after you’ve gotten the smaller and less difficult tasks out of the way.
This is because although it may seem like a wise idea to remove the less engaging things at the start and focus on the harder tasks towards the end, you are then putting those important tasks closer to the deadline which might have a negative effect on your mental health as you’ll start to rush and your work won’t be your best effort but rather quite sloppy and distasteful.
3. Start Earlier Rather Than Finish Later
This is definitely something that I am totally guilty of. It's not that I like working late or late nights is the time when I'm most productive, It’s simply because I want to enjoy my day to the fullest without feeling bound by something which is quite ironic since throughout the day, I’m constantly thinking about the tasks that I should be completing.
Rather than force yourself to stay up when all you’re dying to do is tuck yourself in your bed and watch a bunch of YouTube videos until your heart’s content, go to bed at a decent time and wake up early to get an earlier start on those dreadful tasks.
You’ll thank yourself in the long run...I promise :)
4. Take Breaks
Having good time management skills is not only about producing work and being productive but it is also about knowing when to stop and when to take breaks. Taking breaks is especially good for your mental health but this shouldn't be the tunnel for you to go and procrastinate. This should be a time where you go recharge your mind and rest a little. I personally recommend you take regular breaks throughout the day or you might just want to take a day or two out of the week just for yourself whilst you try and complete every single one of those tasks throughout the rest of the week.
5. Always Plan Ahead And Be Organized
Organization is one of the keys to success. Your brain needs order and structure in order to function efficiently and clearly. Planning ahead can save you so much more time in the future. Just having a visual representation of what your next move is can direct you to take the right path as planning ahead means that you are foreseeing any obstacles that might be in your way beforehand.
It’s so much easier to look at the wider picture and the different possibilities that might be heading your way. It is also so much easier to make a clear and logical decision when you are seeing the issues before they eventually occur. It also prevents any unplanned surprises and it makes you see how your actions can lead to various results so I strongly advise that you always plan ahead and be organized with your plans.
Thank you so much for reading this blog post. Hopefully you found it quite beneficial and valuable. Please visit my blog at alwaysmoodyblogs.com for more posts like this that I’m sure you enjoy. See ya :)
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