Time Management Tips
A balanced lifestyle is a positive outcome of effective time management
- Be realistic with yourself regarding how much you can actually accomplish in a given time period
- Realize that all tasks are not equally important and set priorities on a
daily, weekly and/or monthly basis
- Once you have prioritized your tasks, make a 'to-do' list and work through the items on your list in priority order
- Be aware of your peak energy periods and plan to do activities, which
require a high level of concentration and performance, during those times
- Ask yourself "What's the best use of my time right now?" and focus on that particular activity
- Remember that striving for perfection takes a lot of time and is technically unachievable- complete tasks well enough to get the results you need
- Realize that many tasks/responsibilities can be delegated to others. Be sure to communicate your expectations clearly
- Fine-tune your ability to say 'NO' to additional responsibilities that infringe on your personal, work and leisure time
- Make basic decisions quickly to save your energy for more important and difficult decisions
- Approach overwhelming responsibilities with a positive attitude
- If you have an unpleasant task, do it first and get it out of the way. Then reward yourself for accomplishing it.
- Break large tasks into smaller, achievable ones
- Set goals and reward yourself when you accomplish them
- Always remind yourself of the benefits you'll derive from task completion
- Take control of your environment at home and/or work to establish a conducive place for task involvement and completion
- Expect interruptions, but come up with methods of dealing with them quickly and get back to your high priority work
- Schedule in some fun, leisure time
- Allow flexibility in your schedule
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