Do you find yourself getting to the end of the day thinking, “Where’s all that time gone?” If so, you’re not alone. Many of us can find ourselves running out of hours during the day – or even wishing the day would hurry up, because we simply can’t be bothered to do anything. If this is you, then you might need some tips on managing your time more effectively. By doing so, you’ll be able to work smarter, not harder. Then you’ll have plenty of hours left in the day! Here are some excellent tips on time management.
Write a list the night before
Before you go to bed each night, grab yourself a pen and paper, and write your to-do list. Too many people think they should do this in the morning, but there’s a big issue with that. Most people’s brains are highly alert in the morning and so this is the best time to do tough or taxing work. If you’re wasting that energy writing a to-do list, then it’s not the best use of your time. Instead, keep that list until the end of the day when your brain is ready to shutdown. Then, you can wake up and know exactly what you have to do that day.
Hardest tasks first
We already know that our brains are working their best when we wake up – in fact, it’s the first two hours after you open your eyes. So, this is the best time to get all of the hardest tasks out of the way. Or ‘swallow the frog,’ as some people call it. If you have to write an important report, do some serious research, or just fill in your accounts for the week, then the morning is the best time to do it. Whatever you find hardest to do, make sure you get it out of the way first thing. Not only will you have maximum brainpower to get it done, but it will be a huge weight off your shoulders for the rest of the day.
Prioritize the rest of your day
Once you have the hardest task out of the way, it’s time to work through the rest of your to-do list… The one you made the night before, remember? In order to keep on top of things, try putting the tasks in priority order. What are the three most important things to get done that day? What cannot be moved or put off until tomorrow? Pick the three key items on your list to get done, then get on and do them! You can write a note next to each item on your list with how long you think it should take you, then update it with how long it actually did. This is a good way of seeing how long tasks do take, compared to how long you think they’re going to take.
Utilize time management apps
If you’re the kind of person who is always running late or missing deadlines for work, then you may need a little bit of extra help in this department. Not everyone is blessed with time management skills! Luckily, we live in an age where there are literally apps for everything – and there are plenty out there for time management. Calendars, reminders, list-making apps; there are loads out there. Play around and find the best one or two for you.
If you need to become more effective at managing your time, then these are some great tips to get started with right away.