Become a Time Management Master

In this hectic world we live in today, we always seem to be running doing something, whether it’s related to family life, work life, or a combination of the two. There are just so many things involved with both “lives” that we never seem to get everything done that needs to be done. In the rare instance that we do, we have to struggle and strain to successfully do it – it’s never easy and comfortable at all. The reason why we have so much trouble is because we are not as good at time management as we should be. Below, you will learn about how you can become a master at time management.

One of the keys to becoming more masterful at managing your time is to start documenting your activities, ideas, and your conversations. If you do this you can learn exactly how much you actually get done in a day, and you can identify any activities that could be considered time wasters.

When you have important appointments then you should have a set time assigned for this purpose. While having a to-do list is fantastic, it can sometimes get too long and become meaningless. If you have to, book appointments with yourself, and block out spaces of time so you can get those important tasks finished. It is always helpful to include start and end times for all of your activities.

When planning out your time, plan to spend at least fifty percent of the time actively involved in activities that are going to help you produce results. You should also plan for interruptions, such as being pulled away from a specific task and having to re-prioritize your day.

It can be extremely helpful to schedule in thirty minutes at the beginning of your day to adjust and re-organize your plans as necessary. Take the time to plan out your schedule before doing anything else. This will help you become more productive each and every day.

Another great time management tips is that of delegation. Learn how to delegate tasks that are less important. This provides you with more time to focus on your priorities and get them done.

While scheduling your day is fantastic, you must leave some gaps in between. For example if you have blocked off one hour for writing emails, don’t start the next task at the beginning of the next hour. Instead give yourself a 10 minute break. This provides you with plenty of time to get up and move, stretch, go to the bathroom and to get a drink. Even the busiest people need several small breaks throughout the day.

Everyone is living in a fast-paced, digital age, where it always seems as though you have more to do and less time to do it in. By stopping to analyze where your day goes, you can see which tasks make you more productive, and those that don’t. Then simply delegate and reorganize your day as necessary to improve your time management.

Till Next Time

Mike Gardner – The time Doctor

Ps – If You have found these tips useful you may like to consider joinging my Facebook Group, The Time Management Academy. The group has over three hundred members who along with myself are dedicated to sharing skills, techniques and resources in order to significantly benefit you in your journey to have more control of their time and a more balanced life.

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Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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3 thoughts on “Become a Time Management Master

  1. I need to seriously change my ways. I am so scattered that I hardly get anything done. I know I need to set priorities, schedule times and days, etc. and stick to it. Thank you for your advice. You’ve given me the push I needed. Have a great new year.

  2. Hi Mike,
    Yes! There is nothing better than watching yourself throughout a workday to see where you’re spending your time. This trick set me onto the time management road, big time. But my tool is task management, not the calendar. If you are *serious* about your task management and keep tasks into projects with priorities and days not times, adding deadlines where necessary, I don’t think you will ever stray into making appointments with yourself. Your calendar is for commitments to others. It’s worked for me. Just be sure to do a weekly review of how you’re doing and adjust as needed. It does work.
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