Even when you have carefully laid out your plans, a lot of the time tasks and activities don’t still don’t get completed when they should and the day seems to run away with us. One of the principal reasons for this is the inability to deal with time wasters . The four tips below will help you to identify and manage your time wasters more efficiently.
Identify any time wasting factors
Sit down and have a serious think about everything that could constitute a time-waster. Write down each of the time-wasters you have identified on the top of a new page. Think about things like interruptions, dealing with email, time spent on social media etc.
Make note of the problems associated with each time waster
Think about the negative results of each time-waster. Do you always feel guilty about any unfinished work? Do you feel increasingly stressed because of this? Do you have a reputation for being slow or late in executing your tasks? Do your time-wasters mean you have to spend more time at work or take longer to get tasks finished?
Think about the benefits of conquering each time waster
Imagine how things would be if you were able to conquer each of the time-wasters in your daily working life. How would your office or desk look? How would you feel at the end of the day when you could finish on time? What would your family/colleagues/staff/superiors think of you if you were able to change?
Outline the steps you will take to do this
Think how you would go about dealing with these time wasters and achieving better time management. What do you need to do first? Perhaps you are going to start planning each day, outlining the tasks or duties you need to tackle first. Or perhaps you will arrange your projects into more manageable tasks so they do not seem so impossible to complete, perhaps even learn to say No.