You may think you’re budgeting your time wisely, but are you? Are you really getting everything done each day? Are there no common time management mistakes that you are doing?
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, overloaded, or are working late to make sure everything is done on time, you may be mismanaging your time.
You could be making some of the most common time management mistakes that keep people from getting the most out of their day. By understanding these common mistakes, you can avoid them and make the most of your precious time.
- Trying to Do It All
While you may feel bad if you don’t get things done or done agree to take on extra tasks, you can only do so much in one day.
A common mistake people make is taking on too much and then stressing out over not getting it all done. You’re not a superhero. You’re a human being with limits.
All you have to do is learn to say no. If your plate is already full, so say, and don’t feel guilty about it. If you have too much to do, ask for help. You’re family, your kids, your coworkers can all be extra hands when you need them.
- Staying Busy but not Productive
There’s a reason why they call it “busy work.” It does take up your time, but you aren’t getting anything done.
Busy work can include finishing tasks that rank low on your list of priorities instead of getting to the important jobs of the day.
You need to make a list of tasks in order of priority. The one that is most important first and the least important task last.
This can help you cut out busy work, so you can use your time more wisely.
- Not Using a List
People tend to be forgetful, especially when there’s a lot to do. You may think you have your day planned out in your head until you don’t finish that important project your boss assigned to you.
If you write things down and keep the list with you, you know what must be done that day (remember, you prioritized your list). This works even if you’re stressed and busy, you can glance at your checklist and keep track of what’s done and is still left to do.
Never rely on memory alone. There’s no way to cross things off and check your list in your head.
- Trying to Work Straight Through
Never try to speed through your list thinking you’ll take a break when everything is crossed off.
Working without breaks makes you more tired and less motivated. This means you get less done than if you had actually taken breaks as you needed them.
Breaks help you take few minute to relax your mind and body, so you can re-energize and get back to that to-do list.
If you are making these mistakes, stop. Take the time to make lists each night or early in the morning for your day ahead and allow yourself some time to breathe. You’ll be amazed how much you can accomplish in a day.
Let us know which of these common time management mistakes are you making in the comments.