Learning how to manage your time well can help you become more productive and more efficient. You are more likely to meet deadlines and have time for things you want to do outside of work.
Time management skills include :
- Prioritizing : When people feel overwhelmed with tasks and they seem to want to do everything all at once, it’s usually because they’re not prioritizing their tasks well. Prioritize the most important tasks in an order that makes sense. When assigning priority, consider such factors as when each task needs to be done, how long it might take, how important it might be to others in the company, and what could happen if a task is not done.
- Scheduling : Most people have specific times of the day when they are more or less productive as a result of energy levels and demands of the day. Schedules can be a good way to avoid procrastination. Scheduling is important because some tasks have to be done at specific times.
- To-do lists : Constantly remembering everything you have to do can be daunting and exhausting. To-do lists are a great way to avoid spending all day thinking about the tasks you have to do. Split the necessary tasks up into a list for each day, and you won’t have to worry about everything all at once.
- Workload management : Working long hours or skipping breaks can sometimes improve productivity in the short term, but your exhaustion later will ensure that your overall productivity actually drops. It is important to resist the temptation to overwork. Include necessary breaks, and a sensible end time in your schedule. Knowing and enforcing an optimum workload for yourself ensures consistency in your performance and avoids burnout.
- Delegation :Some people resist delegating, either because they want to maintain control or because they want to save money by not hiring assistants. Both approaches ultimately hurt productivity and raise costs.
Being fully present and focused results from strong time management skills. Managing your time well also allows you to have space to be creative and proactive with your goals.