The term “Time Management” is an oxymoron, if you really think about it. The truth is, time cannot be managed. Time marches on its own schedule and the clock continues to tick. Time is out of our control, but we are in control of what to do with our time. If you need to cross things off your to-do list, it’s important to prioritize tasks and divide your time between different activities. The key to greater productivity and performance is to work smarter and not harder. But the question is, how do we work smarter and not harder?
Prioritize. If you find you’ve bitten off more than you can chew with your to-do list, it’s important to prioritize your tasks based off urgency and importance. Focus on the urgent tasks first and set aside the non urgent tasks to do later. Delegate and divide your tasks!
Progress, not Perfection. Focusing on every little detail and making everything perfect can be time consuming. Perfectionism can cause you to work harder, and not smarter. Focus on your goals and do the work to the best of your ability.
Set a Time Limit. Setting time constraints for completing tasks allows for more efficiency and focus. When deciding how much time a task may take, you’ll be able to think critically and realistically and identify any potential problems that may arise.
Take a break. It’s easy to lose focus and motivation when we’re consistently working for an extended period of time. Factoring in some downtime in between tasks can help clear your mind and reset. Grab a snack, take a walk, or just kick your feet up and relax. Taking a step away from your work environment is key!
Plan Ahead. Start your day with a clear idea of what you need to do and what deadlines you need to hit that day. At the end of your day, write a “to do” list for the next day. That way, you can hit the ground running the next morning!
Take control of your time rather than letting time control you. Don’t forget to prioritize time for yourself as well. Be proud of the tasks you compete and reward yourself. You deserve it!