Tips for Great Time Management 

26.01.22 12:42 PM By Chris
Better time management may help you recover control of your days, especially if you never seem to have enough time! 

Learning to manage your time properly can make you feel more comfortable, focused, and in control, whether it's in your career or in your daily life. 

The goal of excellent time management is to attain the lifestyle balance you desire. 

The technique of planning and controlling how much time to spend on various activities is known as time management. Good time management allows an individual to accomplish more in less time, reduces stress, and leads to professional success. 

Benefits of Having Great Time Management 

1.Stress Reduction 
Anxiety is reduced by creating and sticking to a task schedule. You can see that you are making progress as you cross tasks off your "to-do" list. This keeps you from becoming anxious about whether or not you're getting things done. 

2. Ability to achieve objectives 
Individuals who practise strong time management are able to attain their goals and objectives more effectively and in less time. 

3. You will have more time 
You will have more time to spend in your daily life if you manage your time well. People who can efficiently manage their time have more time to devote to hobbies or other personal pastimes. 

4. Expanded possibilities 
When you manage your time well, you'll have more possibilities and spend less time wasting time. 

Easy Tips to Help with Time Management 
Determine your objectives. Decide who you want to be, what your life priorities are, and what you want to accomplish in your job or personal life. That becomes the guiding principle for how you spend and manage your time. 
After you've figured out the big picture, you may set some short- and medium-term objectives. Knowing your goals will help you plan more effectively and focus on the things that will help you reach them. 

Make a to-do list 
To-do lists can help you keep organised. Experiment and see what works best for you. 
To prevent losing track of several to-do lists, try to keep only one. 
Making a list will assist you in determining your priorities and timelines. It can assist you in deferring non-essential duties. 

Take Regular Breaks 
Many individuals work through their lunch break, but this can be ineffective. As a general rule, try getting away from your desk for at least 30 minutes in the afternoon, as this will help you be more productive. 
Take a walk outside or, better yet, do some exercise. You'll return to your work re-energized, with fresh eyes and a renewed sense of purpose. 

Make important tasks a priority 
Tasks are divided into four categories: 
  1. Urgent and important 
  2. Not urgent but important 
  3. Urgent but not important 
  4. Not urgent and unimportant 

People who are good at managing their time focus on "Not Urgent but important" activities. They reduce the probability of activities becoming "urgent and important" in this way. 

The goal is to figure out how to reduce the quantity of urgent and important jobs. As it can be extremely frustrating to have too many urgent and important duties to deal with. 

Make the '4 Ds' a habit. 
According to one survey, one out of every three office workers suffers from email stress. For effective time management, you must make a decision the first time you open an email. 
  • Delete:   You can probably delete 50% of your emails right away. 
  • Do:   If the email is urgent or can be completed soon, go ahead and do it. 
  • Delegate:   If the email can be handled better by someone else, delegate it. 
  • Defer:   Schedule time later to deal with emails that will take longer to respond to. 

Eat The Frog 
The Eat the Frog productivity approach requires you to choose one major important task for the day and complete it first. This is a terrific way to start using your highlight as soon as possible. It's sometimes the task we'd rather avoid (hence, called eating the frog). This could be a chore that seems too difficult to complete or one that makes us feel uneasy. Before you have an opportunity to postpone, attack it right away. 

Put your "frog" task at the top of your to-do list and schedule it during your daily planning session. Then, underneath that, list your additional responsibilities. 

Pomodoro Technique 
People who love working in short, focused sprints with frequent breaks can benefit from the Pomodoro Technique. Francesco Cirillo created this strategy in the late 1980s by committing to just 10 minutes of intense study using a tomato (pomodoro in Italian) shaped kitchen timer. The steps in this procedure are as follows: 

  • Get yourself a timer. 
  • Set a timer for 25 minutes and concentrate on one task until the timer goes off. 
  • Mark off one pomodoro and keep track of what you accomplished at the end of your session. 
  • Allow yourself a five-minute rest. 
  • Take a longer, 20- to 30-minute pause after four intervals, or "pomodori." 

Estimate how many pomodoros (25-minute work sessions) you'll need to accomplish each activity while using the Pomodoro technique to plan your day. 

With a tomato emoji or just the number itself in brackets, write that number in front of each task. This strategy makes you think about how long your project will take and plan accordingly. 

Time Blocking 
Divide your day into different blocks of time using the Time Blocking productivity strategy. Depending on how long a work will take, this could be as specific as 8:30AM-10:00AM or just "Morning." Then work without interruptions, devoting each block of time to accomplishing only one or a few specific tasks. 

This strategy, like the Pomodoro technique, can help you estimate and understand how long your tasks will take. For the maximum accuracy, make sure to include blocks for lunch, breaks, and commutes. A task will frequently take longer or shorter than you think. That's OK. As the day progresses, make fast changes to your to-do list. With practise, you'll be able to estimate how long things will take. In the meanwhile, doubling the time you think something will take is a reasonable rule of thumb. 

Choose your Planning Tool 
Here are some of the most common solutions, which range from productivity software to paper and pen: 

1. Use a to-do list application 
For people who are tech-savvy and prefer to use their phone or tablet instead of a notebook, a digital task manager is a terrific option. To-do list applications have the advantage of centralising everything and making it accessible from anywhere. As your plans change, you can easily switch activities from day to day, organise important documents and links alongside your tasks, and keep an automatic, searchable record of everything you've done. 

2. Use a Digital List 
If you don't want to commit to a full-fledged task manager but still want a digital solution, look into less-specialized solutions that you're likely currently using at work and at home. 
A word processor or a note-taking app. Keep a running list of your daily tasks in basic notes software. 
Simply use checkboxes or strikethrough formatting to mark tasks as completed. 

3. Use a Digital Calendar 
Many consumers use the digital calendar which they currently use for everyday planning. There are many popular calendar apps for planning your day and scheduling appointments, meetings, and events. This is also an excellent tool to combine with a productivity approach such as time blocking. 
Digital calendars also have the advantage of being accessible on the go, as they are often available on both the web and mobile platforms. 

4. Use a Paper Planner 
Paper and pen are the go-to for the tactile among us when it comes to planning our days. This can be in the shape of notebooks, agendas, or specialised planners, among other things. Only post-it notes and loose paper should be avoided. Ad hoc scraps of paper, while basic and scrappy, hinder you from looking back on previous chores and evaluating on the effectiveness of your daily preparation. 

For a simple pen and paper planning technique, a simple lined or unlined notebook will suffice. For each day, start a new page and write the date at the top. If you need to create divisions, gridded notebooks can help. 

Daily Agendas or Planners, from January 1 to December 31, agendas or planners are notebooks with space to plan each day of the year. This gives you a separate space for daily planning as well as the opportunity to easily travel back and forth between past and upcoming entries. 

Specialized Planners or Journals are on the rise. These methods are frequently complex, yet they can be quite effective in the hands of skilled practitioners. 

5. A Digital and Paper Combination 
You don't have to pick between pen and paper and digital tools when it comes to daily planning, as you can use both or any combination of the methods outlined above.