Do you ever feel there’s just not enough time in the day? You try to get things accomplished but constantly get side tracked? Welcome to the real world!
As much as you might like to believe this problem is unique to you, you’re not alone.
In fact, if you’ve learned how to effectively manage your time, you’re in the minority. Like most things in life, we tend to make things much more difficult than they actually need to be.
Pssttt… I’m going to share a little secret with you.
Time management is easier than you think!
Just like any other discipline, it has to first be learned in order to master. Of course, you can learn how to effectively manage time, but the bigger question is… are you actually COMMITTED to learning it and more importantly, putting what you learn into practice?
On the surface, that may seem like a silly question but believe me, it’s not!
How many times in the past have you wasted your precious time on learning a new discipline only to never put it into use?
In order to change something in your life, personal OR professional life, you have to first WANT to change it! Please re-read that last sentence and really think about it.
Do you really want to change or do you just “like the idea” of changing?
The fact is, if you’re not successful in life, a big part of it probably has to do with poor time management skills. I can guarantee you that almost every successful entrepreneur has spent a LOT of time learning how to manage their time effectively. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be successful.
The first step in solving any problem is realizing you have a problem to solve!
While I can’t help you solve all of your time management problems in one article, I can tell you what works for me.
This may appear to be a no-brainer but there are so many ways to get easily distracted it’s silly! I’m not going to give you some “Top 10 Best Time Management Tricks” here because it really comes down to two simple factors, BALANCE, and STRUCTURE!
Here are a few tips
- Create a list of tasks: Yes, you’ve heard of the dreaded “To Do” list. In order to be a better manager of time, this is the first step and a MUST!
- Prioritize a list of tasks: You have, to be honest with yourself when prioritizing. It’s very easy to put the things you don’t want to do far down on the list. DON’T!
- Schedule your tasks: Create a calendar for yourself! There are many places on the Internet you can do this, free and paid. I like to use Google calendar because it’s very easy to use (it’s also FREE, so no excuses). Set “appointments” on the calendar for each task.
Give yourself a little buffer time between tasks and you will be amazed how quickly things get done!
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