What do Henry Ford, Nikola Tesla, Mother Teresa, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett have in common? They were each given 24 hours a day in which to accomplish their goals?
If the words, “I don’t have enough time!” regularly run through your mind, it may be time to look at ways to make the most of the time you have.
The following techniques can help with everyday time management:
- Keep a journal. Spend a few days writing down everything you do and how long you spend doing it. One thing time-crunched people often overlook is how much time is spent on non-productive activities. The hours spent scrolling through Facebook, playing video games, and chatting with friends online may surprise you. If activities meant to relax you end up causing anxiety, you need to be more conscious of how you spend time.
- Set limits. Once you’ve made a list of the things you need to accomplish each day, mark each task with a time limit. For example, you may give yourself until 10:00 a.m. to accomplish Task A and until 11:00 a.m. to finish Task B. The point is to keep your mind on the job at hand in a way that motivates you to work efficiently.
- Organize your workspace. If it takes five minutes to find notes on a cluttered desk, your time can be better spent. Organize your desk in a way that allows you to find what you need immediately.
- Focus on one thing at a time. Worrying about what needs to be done next week (or even in the next few hours) does little but add stress. In turn, stress makes you feel tired and cuts into productivity. Focus only on what you need to accomplish at the moment.
- Get up and get going. Entrepreneur Magazine reported on an investigation into the habits of highly successful people. The investigation found that people who wake up early earn more money and are more satisfied with their jobs. The earlier you get up and get started, the more clear-headed and energetic you are likely to be.
Everyone gets the same 24 hours to work with. How much you accomplish depends upon your ability to prioritize tasks and to come up with a schedule you can stick with.