There’s more to great time management than simply deciding that you’re not going to procrastinate! In order to develop an ability for effective time management, consider the following aspects:
- Setting goals: Set simple, clearly defined goals that are specific and realistic. Don’t be afraid to push yourself or set ambitious goals, but ensure that they are in tune with what you are trying to achieve in your business or in your work.
- Task prioritisation: Making a to-do list is the simple way to approach this aspect, as this consolidates your tasks into a visual medium for assessment. Include vital information about each task such as due dates, consequences and interdependence with other list items. This will help you to decide which tasks are the most important.
- Monitoring where your time is spent: Having an idea of what business tasks require more of your time can help you manage your time better, as you can prioritise time consuming or time critical tasks more effectively.
- Planning for the future: No matter what industry you are involved in, the business tasks that need your time and effort are going to change from time to time. Considering what future tasks are ahead in your business can be useful as you can adjust your schedule to get a head start on upcoming projects.
- Practising your skills: Being productive and utilising your time effectively is a skill that people learn. Like any skill, it can be improved with practice. Reviewing the techniques and methods you are using for time management every now and then can help you to eliminate practices that are not working so well, and gives you the chance to incorporate new ones that may suit your purposes better.
What time management techniques work best for you? I’d love to hear your tips, so feel free to leave a comment below. Or stay tuned for a future post in which I’ll share some of my favourite time management websites and apps.