Everyone has the same amount of time. Not a second more, not a second less despite age, gender, background, race or material status. Time doesn’t discriminate and is our most precious resource. The only question is how you use it? How can you make it work for you and not let it slip through your fingers? Developing time management skills.
Learn how to manage time
24 hours is always too short, I’m busy, I don’t have time. If you resort to this kind of excuses then no matter what expression you use, you need to remember this is usually only another excuse not to change anything. We can learn how to manage time and we shouldn’t leave it for later. Time management is based on habits that you can develop using three simple steps.
Step one – to do list
Sit down and relax in the evening and make a to-do-list for next day. Don’t think about the day after tomorrow, next week. Concentrate only on what you have to do next day. List everything in detail.
Such a list will help you to analyze tasks and time you waste. Use colours, eg. red for urgent tasks and not completed from day before, blue for home tasks etc.
Step 2 – Calendar
Make your calendar, it can be either traditional or on your computer, the important thing is it should be convenient for you. I personally use a calendar on my mobile which synchronises with calendar on my computer and has this fantastic feature that keeps sending reminders to a point it’s impossible to forget or ignore.
Plan your day, list and schedule all tasks and things to do. Delete the tasks you’ve completed because it’s so nice to see your calendar getting clearer. Mark red or move to a next day to-do-list all tasks that you haven’t completed.
Step three – revision
Every evening take some time to keep repeating making lists of tasks and things to do, writing them down in calendar and re-scheduling not completed tasks for next day. After just a few days you will notice that you not only have more time but less and less red notes. With time you will know for sure that what previously had caused chaos now is organised and in order and you will have more time. Congratulations on investing in yourself and learning time management skills!
Successful people are simply those with successful habits. Your greatest resource is your time. Brian Tracy
About Beatrice Bartlay
Founder of 2B Interface Entrepreneur and Motivational Trainer.
Author of ‘Liberty – Women Mean Business http://www.ebook.2binterface.com/ A regularly published author of business articles.
You Tube Educator https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7St7Do7oXwU