Below are my tips to improve your time management skills.
1. Get your hardest tasks done first thing in the day.
By completing a task that you weren’t wanting to do at all, you are taking a huge weight off your shoulders.
This might even set the mood to complete other daunting tasks that you didn’t want to do before then.
In the past I would wait until the very last minute to do my most difficult tasks. What came out of that? I wouldn’t put full effort in because my motivation was already gone for the day. Instead, I now do my most challenging tasks in the morning because that is when I am the most energetic and motivated.
2. Keep a to-do list.
Not having a to-do list is a big mistake. By not having a physical to do list, you aren’t able to see all of the tasks you need to do.
Seeing a list of everything that needs to be done can be overwhelming if the list is long, but it can also be motivating to get things done that day.
It also feels great to be able to scratch off tasks in the list which makes me feel even more motivated to get tasks done.
3. Focus on one thing at a time.
I used to be a HUGE multi-tasker and I thought I was awesome for being able to do so. I eventually realized it was having the opposite effect and my time was wasting away. I would switch from task to task and I would forget what I was doing during the last task. I would lose focus and it would decrease my motivation during the task as well.
I thought by doing each task little by little and switching up, I would possibly help myself from burning out.
That might work for some people, but for me it made me lose a ton of time and I wouldn’t get a lot done usually. I would instead just wait until the next day to finish the task, which would lead me to putting off the tasks altogether.
4. Put things away and/or turn them off.
We live in a world where electronics are everywhere and we pretty much depend on them now. It seems like everyone has televisions, iPads, iPods, phones, laptops, and more.
I am guilty of spending too much time on my electronics, so I now make sure to silence the devices I am not using while I am doing my work and trying to get tasks done. I can get easily distracted so I make sure to keep electronics away.
How do you manage your time better? Do you do any of the things I mentioned in this post? Is there anything you think could work on to manage your time better?