Time waits for no man. As you grow older, you will start realizing that everything you do revolves around time. Time to do certain things at a given time or period. Time to go to school, time to get to work, time to take a break and so on so forth. Once you have a good practice in utilizing time, you will start to realize that you can utilize them for many other reasons and that is a good thing. You will tend to juggle between work and personal lives a lot easier. Good time management skills is like having a good pair of pants – you might need to take some time to find the perfect fit. This also means that everyone has different ways in managing their time skills well. Here are 5 ways to improve your time management skills.
Know your priorities
I know that you have a lot of things going on your platter but you need to start realizing that time is precious and limited; thus, you will need to learn to prioritize important tasks or things to do. Stop having too many tasks on hand because at the end of the day, you will end up accomplishing nothing and that will be pretty frustrating.
Make a timetable
Once you have your priorities right, you can tabulate a timetable or jot it down your planner on tasks that you need to accomplish first. You can tabulate a weekly or even a monthly timetable. It is a definite that you will have ad-hoc tasks at times, but you will be able to plan them well with the tasks you have on hand once you have tabulated them clearly on a timetable. That way, you will feel that these ad-hoc tasks are manageable as well.
Execute tasks early
As when you have your timetable being tabulated, you will definitely have all the reasons to execute your tasks early. In a way, do not procrastinate and leave it to the last minute as ad-hoc tasks may be in the way if you leave it to the very last minute. Executing your tasks early can also mean that you rise early to start the day. By rising early to start the day, you will enjoy more time and less pressure in executing tasks on hand.
Learn how to say no!
I’m not asking you to stay home just because you say no to appointments or dates. Time is limited and precious; do what is important but you will also need to take a break by going out with your friends or love ones. The golden rule is to not chill too much until you don’t accomplish your tasks in a stipulated time frame. Learn how to say no to repeated meetings that do not benefit you much.
Don’t be too hard to yourself
Learn how to let loose. Don’t stress or pressurize yourself in accomplishing tasks until you forget to truly live life. Have some time off where you will be able to just do anything; be it laying on the sofa watching your favorite show on Netflix or even spending some precious time with your love ones. Just do it; but remember to not overdo it to the point where it turns to be procrastination.