Are you a busy person and find yourself saying yes to everything people ask you to do? Maybe you just show up to work & dive into it without thinking..fast forward a few hours and then wonder why you are always behind? Then again maybe you get distracted from your main goals to work on someone else’s project. Whatever the case, your lack of control of your time is hurting you. Here are the facts-1. There are only so many hours in a week. 2. People will always ask for your help and you will always have your own list of things you have to do. Now that I have said that, there are some simple time management skills you can apply to your crazy schedule to make your life easier.
First things first, start your day with writing a to-do list. Prioritize the things you have to get done for yourself before committing to doing anything else. Next manage your requests. You can’t do it all so don’t say YES to it all. Be realistic with your time. Of course, if your boss gives you a big project, your to-do list will have to change. Next, think about if you need help to get some of your project done. You can’t do it all so asking for help is never a bad thing. Delegation to your peers and employees should always be an option...and not the last option. Another great tool to use is a calendar of some kind. Not all your projects can be done in one day so planning out a timeline with a calendar is a good idea. Lastly, know when your day is done. It is better to end on a high note-knowing things are done right-than it is to take short cuts for the sake of saying you’re done with a big project and staying late.
These are all great things to think about but there is still more to know. The book “The One Minute Manager” is also a great resource to manage time & your business better. This link http://www.reallifee.com/top-10-time-management-books has 10 great books to look at as well. There are many great resources to look at on your own time. By working on your time management you will also benefit with better quality of life. It is up to you!