Procrastination and poor self-control may lead to problems with time management. Here are some tips that may help you improve your time management skills:
- Instead of talking about and focusing on “not having enough” time, focus on your tasks and make a plan. This thought will increase your anxiety and it will distract you from getting things done.
- If you’re procrastinating, ask yourself why you are procrastinating. Are you scared of the task ahead? Is it too difficult, too easy, or boring? Are you tired?
- If you’re using social media, schedule your time on your social media to check out your news feed and to post updates. You don’t have to be there all of the time.
- If you have a meeting in half an hour, don’t just no do anything because you have half an hour. You can get a lot done in 30 mins.
- Make a list of your priorities.
- Write down everything you do in your day (meetings, people you talk to, time spent on your phone, leisure etc.). Then go back to your log and see if you can rearrange those times or notice is something that is not a prior
ity takes more time than other tasks.
- Schedule time for interruptions. They will be predicted and structured.
- You don’t have to answer the phone just because it’s ringing and you don’t have to respond to e-mails just because they show up. Don’t instantly give people your attention unless it’s absolutely crucial in your business to offer an immediate human response. Instead, schedule a time to answer email and return phone calls.
- Keep a calendar and set reminders. It’s always more structured and discipled once you create a calendar and write things down.
The photo on this post was taken by me at Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach, CA.
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