Time management – so much to do in so little time
Have you considered why time management is so..well.. hard to manage? Are you finding it harder to complete tasks by given deadlines? Relax, because you’re in luck! I have a few simple time management tricks that you can start using today to begin freeing up some of your time.
Besides the fact that there is just something super gratifying about crossing off tasks on a list that you’ve completed, to-do lists help keep you on track. The night before write a To-Do list of all the important time-sensitive tasks. Start with the smaller tasks first, and work your way down your list. Monday.com offers an app, among many others, that allows you to plan, organize, and manage your to-do lists, allowing you to stay on top of urgent and not so urgent tasks.
You know throughout the day, there are a few (okay, a lot) tasks that seem to occur quite often? For example answering emails, sending invoices and payments, scheduling your tasks? What if I told you, these can be automatically sent out for you, without you having to do much on your end, therefore clearing up your schedule for other REALLY important things such as fitting in that exercise class you have been dying to try out but couldn’t because, well, you just haven’t had the time?
Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks to other members on your team to ease your workload. This allows you to focus on more pressing matters, and create work at your very best. You can’t be everything all the time (as much as you would like to be), the goal is to work smarter not harder.
Place limitations on non-essential tasks that do not adhere to what you are currently working on. I find that when a project is taking place, and the client continues to pile on additional requests it produces a less than ideal quality end result. Reject anything that doesn’t contribute or benefit your initial project you agreed to, and if you do agree to it then make sure the deadline is extended to accommodate those requests. Another point I’d like to point out is set time limits for everything that you plan on doing. Time limits help you because it holds you accountable.
Save some time for yourself
Don’t forget to leave some time for yourself. It’s important you take the time to eat a good solid meal, take a mini break, exercise, etc. Not only do you benefit from that extra bit of time gained to refuel your mind, body, and soul, but also, you will come back with a fresh perspective to get your mind off of things for a bit.
That’s it! Start using these 5 simple tips to start managing your time, and you will start to have some extra time to accomplish other things you weren’t able to before because when you create additional time from one task, you now suddenly will have time for other things too!