Must you finish a series of tasks today? Is your schedule for the day packed and you cannot put off any work for the next day? You can manage whatever your tasks are if you can think of a way to spend the time you have judiciously. Simply put, there are ways that help you through your day to efficiently get your tasks done, and that skill is called time management.
How to generally manage your time wisely
“If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging”- Will Rogers, which brings us to few of the techniques that you can follow to manage your time effectively on a regular basis.
- Plan your day before you begin your day. This will probably be the most effective method of all else. That is because when you have a plan, you have guidance. You will know exactly what you need to do and when and also avoid any kind of work that overlaps with another, thereby having a seamless day.
- Prioritise your tasks of the day. It really helps to sort out the importance and the urgency of the tasks. To do so, prepare a list of to-do things for the day and start with the important things. Complete the important things before they become urgent as well. Set some time aside for the urgent things as well and finish them by the end of the day or as soon as you can.
- Identify the habits that are killing your time. For example, you really have to submit that assignment but you also want to watch that WWF. Now re-consider the consequences of watching WWF first. It will not only snatch your time away, but it also won’t be a good excuse. Then you will be stressed about the assignment and you can’t even fully enjoy your show. So, set a realistic time limit for your tasks and finish them. At least divide the work into chunks so that you can make progress slowly and probably also watch your t.v. show.
- When you feel exhausted or it seems like you’ve worked non-stop, relax for some time by taking a walk or freshening up or eating a meal or even talking to someone.
Most importantly though, self- motivation is the key to self- management. Your ability to motivate yourself to have a successful day is also your intrinsic reward. When you are satisfied with yourself, you’ll be at peace and happy with yourself.