Time is a unique resource. Day to day, everyone has the same amount. You can’t turn it on and off, it has to be used at the rate of sixty seconds per minute.
Time can’t be manufactured, but you can manage how you use time!
First things first, you need to find out where you are wasting time. What are your time wasters? Making personal phone calls? Browsing the internet? Coffee breaks a little bit longer?
Now you have identified where you waste time you can create time management goals. The focus of time management isn’t actually changing time; it’s changing your behaviours. Try setting yourself a goal, for example for one week set a goal that you’re not going to take personal phone calls while you’re working. Track your goals over time to see whether or not you are achieving them.
Luckily there are some time management tools that can help you manage your time easier. A software programme such as Outlook, for instance, lets you schedule events and also set reminders for you.
Establish routines and stick to them as much as possible, you’ll be much more productive if you can follow a routine. Set time limits for your tasks, for example reading and answering emails can consume your whole day if you let it, instead dedicate an hour for this task and stick to it.
On a regular basis review your long-term desires. Is your career what you want? Are there new skills you want to learn? Are you happy with your family life? Remind yourself of long term goals and this will help you choose how you spend your time on daily basis.
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