Time Management: Best Practices to Be The Most Productive You
Time management can be a big issue when you have lots of things going on in your life. Being able to manage your time wisely can be the factor to make or break your success.
Managing ones time is a fairly simple concept:
The planning and organizing of your schedule to make your time as clear and productive as possible. However, as with most, if you are under the pressure to get things done or feeling overwhelmed to complete daily tasks, then you might want to implement a few time management methods to make things run a bit more smoothly for you.
Do I Need Time Management Help?
There are a few ways to tell if you need to implement some time management strategies:
1. You always feel rushed or overwhelmed to get things done
2. You are unable to maintain your focus when working on specific tasks
3. Distractions prevent you from meeting scheduled deadlines
4. You never never have any free time to mediate and regroup
If you are experiencing any of these issues, then it’s time to take a step back and accept that there are going to be distractions, interruptions, and all sorts of challenges; you just have to remember how to deal with them in a way that doesn’t negatively affect your whole day.
Below are a few best practices you can implement to help you stay on track and get things done. These tips will leave you with a sense of accomplishment and the ability to program your day to be more productive.
1). Wake up a little earlier to take time for yourself and actually utilize this time for simply that. No work, chores, children, spouses, etc. Use this time to gather your thoughts, sip your coffee, and completely disconnect for the day ahead. This will set a tone of peace for the day, and allow you to relax and breathe when things occur. Being in a peaceful place will help you make better decisions.
2). Download a To Do List App. This will allow you to create and edit your To Do List throughout the day. A To Do List holds you accountable and gives you a sense of accomplishment as you cross off tasks. Our favorite app is Wunderlist: To Do List & Tasks. This app allows you to create a To Do List for work, home, travel, groceries, etc., and you can share your list with your assistant, employees, family, and friends. For my hands on individuals, the pen and paper method is still very effective.
3). Connect with people that have similar goals as you. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals is a powerful way to help accelerate your steps toward desired goals. When others around you are successful, their success will inspire you to become successful and more productive also.
4). Hire a Coach or Mentor. Studies show that business owners and individuals who hire a professional coach succeed a lot quicker than they would on their own. Mentors are specifically trained to tweak your game plan and keep you on a productive path. In a nutshell, they hold you accountable by helping you manage your time wisely to make sure you’re doing what you’re supposed to do. If you can’t afford a coach, find someone whom you trust to report to. I don’t know everything, but every millionaire I have ever heard about has a coach.
It’s not unusual to get off track with your time. When you find that you have gotten off course, stop and ask yourself, “Am I being productive?” If not, determine which course of action you can use in the list above that will get you back on track and lead to a more productive day. Our days are filled with so many tasks like attending meetings, working on multiple projects at the same time; plus some of us are trying to juggle school, family, or a home based business as well. It’s not impossible to accomplish everything you set out to do. You simply need to apply time management skills to your everyday life and set a goal to manage your time to be more productive.
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