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The Best Way to Manage My Time

The Best Way to Manage My Time

The Best Way to Manage My Time

The best way to manage time can be summarised in the following list.

  1. Be goal focused.
  2. Don't be so easily distracted.
  3. Write a detailed plan of action.
  4. Prioritise your tasks into order of importance.
  5. Work out the most efficient logical sequence.
  6. Delegate as much as you can.
  7. Work doing what YOU need to do, today.
  8. Don't overwork, remember to rest and recuperate.
  9. Make measurable progress in reasonable time.

Let us make a few notes on each.

1. Be very clear on what is your GOAL. In all situations, be clear on what it is you are trying to achieve.

2. Don't waste time by being too easily distracted. Many people waste their time doing things that have nothing to do with their goal, because today's world is FULL of distractions. Everyone want to distract you from what you are supposed to be doing.

3. For every goal, operate according to a detailed written plan. Many people waste time because they have no plan. They make it up as they go along. Poor planning is a cause of failure for many.

4. For every plan, prioritise the tasks according to their importance. Many people fail because they do the easiest things first and put off the tasks they don't like.

5. For every plan, figure out the most efficient sequence. Some things precede other things. Many people waste time because they do not figure out the proper, logical sequence, so they must undo and redo their work.

6. Balance work and recuperation. There is a time for work and there is a time for rest and recuperation. Some people fail because they don't work hard enough, whilst some people fail because they overwork and later burn out. You need to maintain the right balance between work and rest.

7. Don't procrastinate. Do it even if you are not in the mood. Many people fail because they procrastinate. Never procrastinate. Use your will-power to make yourself do the things you know you should do.

8. Delegate all the work you can, to the right people, at the right time. Many people fail because they don't delegate. They try to do everything themselves.

9. Remember that you are not judged on the amount of work you do, nor for how hard you try. You are paid for the progress you make. You need to make measurable progress in reasonable time. You can only do that if you follow the above rules.

These are the skills of time management

  • Goal focus
  • Planning
  • Preparation
  • Prioritisation
  • Delegation
  • Prevention
  • Action orientation
  • Logical sequence
  • Saying no to distractions
  • Balance work and rest.

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