Friday, April 18, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
“Lost time is never found again.” Benjamin Franklin
Time is one of our most precious tools in life. It is so important that time is being compared with life; wasting time, is equal to wasting life.
People who accomplish a lot in life are often people who manage their time and tasks effectively and intelligently. Without time management and scheduling, we tend to waste a lot of time on unproductive tasks and projects and we realize this when it is too late.
Therefore in order to take control over our life and achieve our goals, we need to have a proper schedule and time management.
Below are simple steps that can help you plan and implement tasks more effectively:
1. Write Down Your Tasks
It is recommended to have a daily worksheet in which you can record all the tasks for the day. Writing down the tasks not only gives you clarity on the work that needs to be done, but also helps you to organize your time better.
If there are free slots in your worksheet in any specific day, you can fill in the gaps with your unfinished work or what you need to accomplish on the following days. You can also allocate such moments for educational or self-improving activities to help you gain more skills. In this way all your moments everyday will become fruitful and no time will get wasted in between.
2. Prioritize Tasks Based on Importance
Prioritizing gives you the ability to categorize tasks. Often we invest time in on doing things that are not important and miss out on the important ones. By prioritizing you will know which tasks need to be done first. Even if you don’t get a chance to finish all the work planned, at least you have accomplished what is important and urgent.
Sometimes not focusing on unessential tasks gives you better ability to focus on the important ones. This is called one-pointedness. Remove the unnecessary and focus on the essential!
3. Give Each Task a Proper Deadline
Without deadlines, we often take our sweet time in doing things. Deadlines give you purpose and emotional drive to finish what you start.
We all have experienced when the deadline is near, we become more alert, fast and focused to deliver the task as promised. Therefore in order to finish your tasks more effectively, give them a deadline. This will make sure you finish them as expected. Just remember to give your tasks a realistic deadline. If you set a deadline which is not realistic and impossible to meet, you will be disappointed after a while and deadlines will not mean anything to you anymore.
4. Group Tasks Together
In order to increase your productivity it is recommended to group similar tasks together and attend to them simultaneously or one after the other. This will save lot of time which is usually spent to understand and analyze the tasks, and get in the mood to start and complete them.
5. Practice Punctuality
Punctuality comes from responsibility. If you work on your punctuality not only can you project a better picture of yourself which gives you more confidence, but also save time that you need to explain and convince others and apologize for being late.Read more:10 Things You Haven’t Tried For Productive Time Management