May 11, 2012 - Time Management    1 Comment

Where Has All the Time Gone?

There are many ways that you can improve your time management. Here are a few ways that have helped me in the past:

First, start by keeping a notebook with you everywhere you go. This will help keep your mind clear. Record everything you can, so that it’s safely stored in one place and not in your head. You can decide what to do with these notes later. Write down things like: Ideas for writing assignments (This is a personal one for me), Appointment dates, To Do list items, People you need to talk to, Events you don’t want to miss, etc.

Then, for 1 week track how you spend your time. After you have done this you can use this information to create a time budget. Creating a “time budget” will help you set specific percentages of your time that you want to devote to a certain activity, some examples are: Transportation, Housework, Leisure Time, Income Activities like work, etc.

Make sure that you stick to your time budget for the next 90 days and do a weekly review each week and you will see a major improvement. Every time that you switch to a new activity throughout the day stop and ask yourself, “Is this the best use of my time at this moment?”

Try and identify one low-priority activity which you can stop doing and devote that time to a high priority task instead. Look for ways in which you regularly waste time, and limit the time that you spend on those activities. Some examples are: Watch no more than half-an-hour of television a day. Spend no more than half-an-hour a day on Facebook, and Twitter. Spend no more than twenty minutes a day playing video games, etc.

Stop trying to multitask and do one thing at a time, and without distractions. Plan your day the night before. Do the most important thing on your To-Do list first, before you do anything else.

During your weekly review, answer the following questions: What did you accomplish this week? What went wrong? What went right?

At the end of each day spend a few minutes before you go home or to bed organizing your area. Clean your room, pick up dirty clothes, organize your desk, filing papers, and make sure that your work area is orderly and that your bed room is clean, so that you can wake up to a clean room and walk in to a neat desk the next day.

Also, make a list of all of the commitments and social obligations that you have. Then, take out a red pen and cross out anything that does not truly bring you joy or help you move towards achieving your life goals.

These are just a few ideas. I hope its sparked some interest.

~John

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