Time management principles are easy to understand but hard to apply. The primary principles are planning and prioritizing how you will spend your time. Most of us are well aware of this. There is clock time and real time. How do you stay real about time when you think about time management?
Plan Before You Start
Our first advice? Don’t start your day until you have it planned. Make a list of what’s scheduled for the day. Identify any commitments you are behind on and any coming up in the next 5 days. Are there tasks associated with commitments you need to get done today?
Once you’ve identified urgent commitments, plan the rest of your day. Rank your tasks in the order you want to get them done. Remember the 80/20 rule. 20% of the time you spend planning, thinking, and engaging in conversation and activities produces 80% of your results. Spend your time well!
Schedule Time for Interruptions
Interruptions will happen. Good time management includes room for interruptions. When you engage in a task that’s not on your list, add it. This will help you see what you accomplished, what interfered with your plan, and how you spent your time.
Every day, ask yourself: “What’s on my list that I am avoiding?” Procrastination is a habit and some of us have become excellent procrastinators. If that is you, go after what you don’t want to do first. Procrastination can be caused by perfectionism, fear of failure, fear of success or plain outright resistance to being told what to do. You have to realize that procrastination is a choice. It can backfire and steal your reputation, damage your pride and wreck relationships.
How a Daily To-do List will Help You
- Free up your thinking
- Save your time
- Create order
- Support determining priorities
- Record what you’ve done
- Show you the bigger picture
- Reduce forgetfulness and procrastination
- Teach you what is important and urgent
Time Management Advice From a Frog
We will leave you with some excellent advice we got from a frog.
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