Time Management Skills
Why is this skill important?
You'll be relieved from deadline pressure.
You'll be more productive.
You'll procrastinate less.
You'll have more time to relax, which helps reduce stress and anxiety.
Time management skills are like buying new shoes - you may have to try several types before you find what works best for you.
The skills vary from person to person, and you have to find what suits you. There are many techniques available such as:
Make a list
One of the most important things is making sure your list looks achievable. Nobody wants to have a 30-item to-do list and then be looking at the 20 unaccomplished items at the end of the day. Prioritize your own and others' needs and plan accordingly. You may want to create three lists - Personal, Home, and Business.
Set a deadline and try your best to stick to it. Set your deadline a few days before the task is due. This leaves room in case other things get in the way, but it also allows you to get the job done on time.
For those of us who probably like to be in control, thinking about this is likely to cause a little anxiety. But no matter how great we are, we can't do it all sometimes, we tend to take on more than we can handle. Delegation is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of intelligence. Find competent, reliable people and share some responsibilities, it will allow you to be less stressed and more productive.
When you accomplish something, celebrate it!
How you celebrate is up to you, just make sure it's something you really enjoy! Try not to do it excessively, and don't let it make you fall behind further. Time management skills are an essential part of making your day a little easier.
The skill of setting goals is an important skill in life, and one of the best ways is to follow the SMART technique to define smart goals. This technique states that each goal must be:
Specific: What exactly will you achieve?
Measurable: How will you know when you have reached this goal?
Attainable: Is achieving this goal realistic with effort and commitment? Got the resources to achieve this goal? If not, how will you get it?
Related: Why is this goal important to your life?
Time-bound: When will you achieve this goal?
And the answers to these questions may also help you :
This goal is important because:
The benefits of achieving this goal are:
Potential barriers/potential solutions
Who are the people you will ask to help you?
Specific Action Steps: What steps must be taken to reach your goal?
When is the expected end date?
The ability to prioritize is key to getting organized and making the most of your time. But how do you prioritize tasks and daily activities as well as work items that define your goals in order to ensure that you don't let anything slip?
To prioritize daily activities and work items for a goal, try one of the following techniques:
It's essential to do this - the highest priority
You should be doing this - medium priority
It's good to do this - low priority
One of the most popular ways to prioritize is by using the Stephen Covey Matrix technique in the video below