How Do I improve my Time Management? if i’d been given a pound for every time I’ve been asked this question during the last 18 years, i wouldn’t only be time rich I’d be monetary rich as well.
Time management is a behaviour around which skills can be learnt. Do you feel the need to be more organized so you can be more productive? Do you spend your day in a frenzy of activity and then wonder why you haven’t accomplished much?
Time management skills are more important than ever in today’s fast-paced world. Small business owners and anyone who works at home, especially, need to be able to juggle many different tasks during the course of the day.
How do i improve my time management?
First, understand that time management is a misnomer.
Before you can answer the question How Do I improve my Time Management? there has to be a realisation that you can’t manage time. You can only manage yourself and in particular your behaviour. No matter how organized you might be, there are only 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week and 8730 hours in a year. Time doesn’t change, you can’t bank it, exchange it or sell it.
You simply need to actively manage what you do in the time you have available.
Are you wasting time? How much time can you reclaim simply by cutting out (or at least cutting down) the time wasters?
Do you spend time surfing the net, reading email, or making personal calls? These time wasters can kill an otherwise productive day.
Not sure how much time you waste? Try keeping a log of your daily activities for a week. Keep a notebook and pen handy, and any time you switch tasks, just write down the current time and the task you’re doing at that moment.
This will help you form an accurate picture of what you’re actually doing during the day. This is a great first step to effective time management.
Don’t like what your log is telling you? Perhaps you feel you should be spending more time on Work Project A instead of Time Waster Z?
The next step is to create some time management goals.
You might set a goal that you won’t take any personal phone calls while you’re working. Another might be to check email only 3 times a day: when you start work, at lunch time, and at the end of the day.
Finally, write up a time management action plan, and implement it.
Start with two or three small changes that will be easy to make into a habit but will have a significant impact, such as those mentioned above.
You can try more after you get the first ones under your belt.
Remember, the objective is to change your behaviors, not “manage your time.”
So set some specific behavior modification goals, then track them over time to make sure you’re accomplishing them.
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Mike gardner is The Time Doctor