Time management gives you more freedom than you think. In a busy world, it’s very easy to lose track of time. Do we talk about time spent working? Or yet, recreational activities? Maybe the time we spend taking care of ourselves? The bottom line is that there is so much to be done but so little time. You may always never have time for other things. You probably find yourself asking “What am I doing with my time?”. You’re not alone. Being able to manage time wisely has become an extremely crucial skill employers look out for today.
You may ask though? Why do I need to manage time? Time is like money. If you waste it, you won’t have it when you really need it. On the other hand, if you budget your time, you will have some left over to do the things you enjoy! Time management is a valuable skill that will serve you well in adulthood. This article lists five tips that can help you out in managing your time effectively.
List your required tasks.
The first step to effective time management is listing your required tasks out. By required tasks, I mean, tasks that are actually very important for you to get done. Examples include your household chores, homework, office work, etc. Write down how much time you need to complete each task in a typical week and work towards that. Listing out the most important tasks will let you see which one you need to focus more attention on. It will also let you know how much time you will spend on the task.
Practice doing this every time to have a clear view on your tasks. It will help you be more organised and it will help in managing your time wisely.
List the activities you like to do in your free time.
Next, list the activities you like to do for fun. This could be recreational activities like watching TV, listening to music. It could also include social networking, painting etc. Then, write down how many hours you spend on each activity in a week. This lets you see how much time you spend doing these activities. It also lets you see if there are activities where the time spent can be reduced.
Listing activities that are necessary and recreational sets a tone for time management. It also provides a way to help you assess your time management skill.
Create a plan.
After listing your recreational activities, create a plan. Look back at the two lists you created. Is enough time allocated for the important tasks? Do you need to buy out time from your leisure activities? Here’s a list you can try out, try making a daily to-do list, checking off each item as it is finished.
Creating a plan after rigorously assessing your lists helps you know what and what not to do when it comes to time management. Are there activities that you can skip for the day? Is an activity more demanding than the other? These are questions your plan should be able to answer.
Stick to your plan
This may seem difficult. It is not however. Sticking to your plan simply means following through with what you have mapped out. It requires dedication and commitment from you. The truth is you might have to sacrifice some things. Things like hanging out with friends, or watching TV. This is because you need to get the most important things on your list done. You may not like it at first. But you definitely will when you begin to have more free time than you used to.
For successfully sticking to your plan, you deserve a reward or maybe two. Reward yourself for tasks that you have completed. This helps motivate you to do more and pay attention to important tasks. Now the tricky part, do not reward yourself with activities that might distract you from completing the rest of your tasks like taking a TV break. That can last for several hours than the 30 minutes you allocated for it.
What you can do though is to view recreation as a reward for completing your tasks—not as an automatic part of your day.
Managing time may seem like an impossible thing to do. This is because of the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With the few tips listed above, you can manage your time effectively and find more free time to do what you love.