Do you buy time management books and go to seminars trying to learn some good time management techniques?
If so, you’ve probably been bombarded with many ideas—maybe so many that you don’t know which ones to try or which ones work best.
While different time management methods may work better for some people than others, there are some that are considered the best.
Let’s take a look at these.
- Make Good Use of Lists
There is no way you can keep all your task scheduled in your head. You need lists to make sure you are getting everything done and in a timely manner. Here are some examples of lists:
– Schedule for your day to day tasks
– People to call or email list
– Things to do list for basic tasks organized by month, week or day
– Conference planners so you know what you want to talk about at meetings and conferences
– Lists are the must have for effective time management.
- Block Your Time
Blocking your time is a way of making appointments with yourself to use that allotted time for a certain task.
You can even use blocks for days to schedule certain tasks, such as making a phone call, meeting with clients or other important work activities.
Making these blocks of time allows you to get the most important things done and make the best use of your time.
- Avoid Meetings When Possible
If your work requires meetings, you may not be able to get out of them. If meetings are optional, avoid them. Meetings eat up time that you could allocate for other important tasks.
- Make Good Use of Odd Time
If you are stuck in traffic or waiting at an airport lounge, use that time wisely. Some people make use of this time by answering phone calls, returning emails or doing other small tasks.
You can use this time to learn and catch up on news in your field. Books, videos and articles can all be accessed online, so you have no excuse not to watch the latest seminar or read up on what’s new.
- Use Folder to Nudge Your Memory
Some people call these memory ticklers. All you need to do is use folders of different colors numbered 1 to 3. One folder is for the current month and the other two are for the next two consecutive months.
This way you can plan ahead. If you have agreed to have a project done in one month or plan to meet with a client, put it in that folder for that month. This helps you stay on track and remember what your future to do’s look like.
Now that you know the best tips for time management, I hope you try them and see how they work for you.