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What is Good Time Management?

What is Good Time Management?

Here are some good ways to build up your time management skills:

  1. Be goal focused.
  2. Prioritise your tasks.
  3. Don't procrastinate.
  4. Take regular breaks.
  5. Keep written notes and lists.
  6. Manage interruptions.
  7. Manage your energy.

1. Be goal focused.

Your job is to achieve your goals. You can only do that if you focus on your goals.

Many people are poor time managers because they spend too much time, doing things that have nothing to do with the achievement of their goals.

2. Prioritise your tasks into a logical order.

Your goal requires that you do many things. But you cannot do them simultaneously. Therefore, you must prioritise. You must prioritise, NOT according to the likeability of the task, but rather, to the correct logical sequence.

Many people fail because they tend to avoid doing the tasks they don't like doing. In other words, they procrastinate.

3. Don't procrastinate.

Procrastination is the art of putting-off tasks because you don't want to do them.

All good time managers have overcome the temptation to procrastinate. They do things, even if they don't want to do them. You should do the right thing even when you don't feel like it.

4. Take regular breaks.

It is important to balance work with rest. Nobody can work without a break. Good time managers manage their energy by ensuring they take regular breaks. A common error is to work without breaks, which causes productivity to decrease.

Regular, short breaks reduces stress and recharges your batteries.

You are more productive when you take sufficient breaks.

5. Keep written notes and lists.

Always take good notes. Don't trust your memory. Work from a list. There are always too many things to do. If you don't keep a written note of the tasks, you will forget to do some of them. Poor time managers forget too much.

Good time managers always work from a list; they always keep detailed written notes of conversations and decisions.

6. Manage interruptions.

You live in a world of interruptions. You are interrupted by your phone, by Facebook, by emails and by people asking endless questions. You cannot avoid other people, BUT you must learn how to minimise the time they take from you. Your goal is to "Gain the maximum value from any interruption, in the minimum time, WITHOUT causing offence to the listener".

Don't let them steal too much of your time.

Ask people to get to the point.

7. Manage your energy.

It takes energy to do anything. If you want to get a lot done, then you need lots of energy. You can get lots of energy by good nutrition, sleep and exercise. Good time managers are careful to eat well, sleep well and exercise regularly.

Poor time managers often complain of being tired. They are tired because they don't eat well, they don't sleep well, and they don't exercise.

You need to manage your health habits so as to create and sustain a positive energy balance.

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