Manage Your Time When there's Barely Any Time to Begin With
Many of us know the feeling of never having enough hours in the day, going to bed with things left undone and facing another day with a surplus of things to do. While it may be impossible to always get through our days with everything checked off our lists, there are things we can do to manage time more wisely and become more efficient overall. If you find yourself struggling to get things done every day, here are some practical tips that may be helpful with your overall time management!
Audit the Amount of Time You are Spending on Each Task
When we think of how we spend each day, we may find we were working on things that couldn’t be eliminated. However, it’s a possibility that the amount of time we spent on each of these tasks could be cut down. The computer, for instance, can be a black hole. We might go on with a certain goal in mind and easily become sidetracked doing other things. To keep this from happening, keep track of how much time you spend on each task. Then reorganize so that you delegate a certain amount of time to completing your assignments. This will help you to focus and move on when necessary.
Creating a to-do list each night can help you become better organized for the next day. Decide what absolutely has to be done and prioritize those things. It’s also best to eliminate challenging tasks first before you get too tired and decide to leave them for another day. If important tasks don’t get completed immediately, be sure to get to them at your earliest convenience.
Learn to Delegate
Many of us start our days with the best of intentions to get things done. But as the day goes on, emergency situations arise preventing us from sticking to our schedules. At these times, it is important to remember that you don’t have to do everything that falls on your shoulders. Think about whether you can delegate these tasks to another person or simply say no. Doing so is occasionally quite necessary to maintain your own sanity!
Avoid Half-Tasking and Multi-Tasking
Multi-tasking seems like an ideal way to save time. But the truth is, it usually means that you are attempting to do two things at once with neither getting done as efficiently as possible. Do your best to focus on one task at a time and avoid doing things that allow your mind to wander like checking emails while you are on the phone or stopping to look at your cell phone when you are in the middle of writing a report.
If you find that your days are simply disappearing from you, there are ways to avoid this from happening. Think of what you can do to stick to your schedule and stay focused. This will help you to eliminate stress, be happier and have time to do the things you enjoy the most doing. Happy Time Managing!