Realize time management is a myth. Many want to squeeze too much into
one day. Coming to the realisation that there are only 24 hours in a day and
that one can only fit so much into those hours, releases one from the worries
and anxieties of things that are yet to be done.
Find out where you’re wasting time. Conduct a complete time examination.
Walk through your day in 15-minute intervals, writing down what you are
doing and for how long. Create time management goals. Having clear goals will guide you through the
process of getting control of your time. The best way to start is with pen and
paper in hand and write out what you want more time to do.
Implement a time management plan. Just like a budget guides money
spending, a time management plan will guide how you can use your time.
Use time management tools. There are thousands of time management tools
available today. The best is a daily or weekly planner. Other options are
online calendars such as Google Calendar or Outlook.
Prioritize ruthlessly. Learn to cut out what is not important to you. Make a list
of all the things that you need to get done, then think through each one and
decide if it is worth your time or not. If not, cut it from the list.
Learn to delegate. Look at your to-do list and see what can be handed off to
other people, a spouse, a coworker or a friend.
Establish routines and stick to them. Find your rhythm in life. Learn what time
you need to go to bed, what time is best to wake up and find specific times to
do daily tasks, such as checking email and filing.
Set time limits for tasks. Time can get away from you really quickly if you do
not have a set amount of time for a task.
Organise your systems. Do you use several email addresses? Several online
programs? Bookmark often visited websites or put them on your explorer toolbar