You’ve probably said to yourself on more than one occasion, “I wish there were more hours in the day.” If this is something that you think or say often, you’re most likely having some issues with effective time management. This happens a lot with people, especially now that many of them work from home. There are no supervisors or bosses peering over their shoulders or cracking the proverbial whips across their backs to keep them moving. So, for many, managing their time and getting things done in a timely fashion has become quite difficult. There are ways to handle this situation, though. It just takes a bit of self-discipline and planning.
Start by doing just one thing at a time. This should be the most important thing that needs to be done RIGHT THEN. Relax and concentrate on just that one thing that you’re doing then. Put anything else that needs to be done on a list. Then cross off each thing on that list once you’ve completed it.
Following the first suggestion, do some prioritizing. Classify them as something that needs to be done Next or something that can wait until Later. Things that need to be done that day should be on the Next list, while the Later ones can wait until tomorrow or the end of the week.
Try to take care of the things that need to be done through the use of the same location or equipment. For instance, if you have a phone call to make, why not make all of your phone calls at the same time? Then you’re all done with the phone.
Give yourself a break. Working long hours doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re getting more done. You’re mostly getting too tired and this probably means that your work isn’t as efficient. When you’re too tired, you lose your focus and cannot concentrate. Taking regular breaks actually makes you a more efficient worker. That’s why it’s important to take 5 or 10 minute breaks to get up and stretch and move around.
When you try to do too much by yourself, it will only lead to developing stress. If you have too much stress in your life, it will make you unhealthy as well as less efficient. If you can just learn to organize, you can get more done and stay healthier while doing it.
Finishing a project or completing a successful day’s work is something that should be rewarded. Therefore, reward yourself with something that you really enjoy. It can be anything from having a piece of your favorite dessert to playing a game you love on your computer. Whatever it is, take the time to enjoy it. You’ve earned it.
Create some goals for yourself. This doesn’t just apply to your work, but to all areas of your life. Each day, you should do at least one thing that will bring one of your goals a little closer to reality. You’ll see in no time just how much easier your working life will become.