6 Tips For Managing Time Effectively
6 tips for managing time effectively. This is a 6 point strategy on how individuals and businesses can improve on time management and increase productivity
24 hours is more than enough, therefore, you must learn to use your time wisely at all times.
Remember what Benjamin Franklin asked when he wrote, “Does thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of.”
No one has extra time. We all have 24 hours a day, but some people seem to produce more results than others.
The question is how?
This is how. They know that time is limited, and so they have developed a plan that enables them to do more within the time that they have. These individuals have mastered the art of prioritizing their time.
Look around you and look carefully again and again. If you can find someone who has done it, then you are good to go, you too can do it. Remember, there will always be that one person who has done it successfully.
He or she may be your colleague at work, your boss, your best friend, or someone you’ve never met with. It is okay to ask for help, talk to them, and find out how they have been able to achieve so much.
Time is worth more than money.
Below are some of the tips that will help you to manage your time efficiently.
1. Make an appointment with yourself.
Take a few minutes every evening to plan for the next day. Your tomorrow’s success depends on how best you plan for it today. Success is intentional.
Write down everything that you need to accomplish the following day. Productivity requires that you plan well. Writing it down on paper is part of that plan.
Start with Your Most Important Tasks.
Determine exactly what to start with and what to end with. Make it a priority to start your day with the most important tasks. Somethings only work out if given enough time.
“People who achieve extraordinary results don’t achieve them by working longer hours, they achieve them by getting more done within the hours they have.”
3. Get help/Delegate /outsource.
We can do just so much, but we can’t do everything by ourselves. Get someone who is interested in what you do, teach them what you know, teach them to work on certain tasks.
Delegating will leave you with enough time to focus on your most important tasks.
Take an example, ” If you see a tortoise on top of a tree, know that someone did help it to get there.”
4. Learn to say NO.
Protect your time fiercely.
Learn to say NO to anything that is interrupting. “Saying NO to the so many things that come your way will mean a YES to your most important task.”
When you NO, you are actually saving yourself the unnecessary pressure that may come later.
Stand up comedian Bill Cosby said, ” I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is saying YES to everyone.”
5. Focus on one thing.
Finish your number one task before you embark on another one.
Avoid concentration killers like flipping back to check your emails in the middle of a serious report or project.
Imagine yourself as a video director, and what it would do to the video you are directing if you keep on checking your emails or text messages.
I strongly believe that each and every one of us would want to know our accomplishments by the end of each working day and maybe areas to improve on.
You can never be perfect, and so the one thing that you need is to keep on doing is to ensure serious improvement from yesterday.
Maybe it will work better if review your plans or make some changes to your schedule.
6. Set time limits.
Have been asked if it is okay to set time limits for each task, and my answer has always been yes.
It is important to set a time limit for each task.
There is that feeling of satisfaction if you complete certain tasks within the allocated time. This idea of setting time limits will work magic for you.
Feel free to add numbers seven, eight, nine, and ten. Just make sure you find what works for you. That is the most important.
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