7 Simple Time Management Tips

By Thanasis Papapostolou

Regardless of the area of work that you are involved in, time management can play a huge role in your productivity – however difficult it may be for many people. To ensure a great week of work, let’s take a look at these simple time management tips presented here.

Set your priorities. You will be amazed at how much of your day can be encumbered with trivial matters, pushing the most important things to the side and potentially leading to a number of problems. If you find it useful, recognize the most important ones and work on them in order of priority.

Make lists. Sometimes it’s easier to manage your time when you know exactly what to do. Write down exactly what you want to accomplish, based on your priorities, and get started. Once you have completed a task, delete it from your list. This can help you feel empowered and motivate you to continue to reach your goals.

If you have too much work to deal with, break it up into smaller pieces. Make a list of everything you will need to complete your project or task. Once you’ve got your to-do list, set deadlines and create a calendar detailing what you need to do each day to make sure it’s completed on time.

Sometimes people have trouble managing their time because they do not set a time limit on certain tasks. Allocate an amount of time for each task and stick to it. For example, if you have morning emails to get to, set an hour aside to answer them and make sure the task is completed in time.

One of the most fundamental steps for better time management is the use of a calendar. The type of calendar you use depends entirely on you. Some people like to write activities on paper, others may choose to keep it on their mobile phone or other devices. The trick is to organize your weekly priorities.

You’re not a machine, so don’t expect to complete everything. This is almost impossible. When we aim to achieve everything, we often accomplish less and are frustrated at ourselves. Try to accomplish the things you want and should prioritize, but also realize that you may not get it all done on time.

One way you can improve your life is to avoid getting distracted during the day. If you have to work, manage your time wisely and close the door to your office, put your phone on ‘night mode’, and close all distracting tabs on your browser. Such interruptions will waste your time throughout the day and get you off track.

Now – get cracking!