Time management is an art and like every art, you need to practice it. Time management is the ability to use one’s time effectively or productively, especially at work. But I suggest, you practice time management not only at your work but also at your life. Time management is one of the most effective skills you can have in life that can make you reach the desired goals. When speaking about time management people think it is about being obsessive about time and glancing at the clock now and then. But no. Time management is a soft skill that can be easily acquired with a bit of discipline and some dedicated practice, which we will discuss here.
The 24 Hours
We all get the same 24 hours, why is it that some people achieve so much more with their time than others? The answer is good time management. The highest achievers manage their time exceptionally well. Here are some techniques which if followed, you can master the art of time management.
Good Night’s Sleep
One of a simple and effective way to manage your time is to get a good sleep. Never assume that sleeping is a waste of time, no it is not. A good sleep ensures that you’ll be in a much more positive mood in the morning so that the chances of getting more work done is increased. Many studies by many researchers have suggested that time management is something best conquered on a good night’s sleep.
Get Up Early
If you wake up early, you will find that the day has been elongated, and you have more time to do many things. Making most of your twenty-four hours works much better when you’re up earlier. Studies have found that early risers are more productive and feel more accomplished at day’s end.
You can do different tasks but not at the same time. Do one task at a time to make it more engaging. Multitasking has been increasingly disregarded as a method of productivity due to neurological research suggesting that multitasking itself is very much impossible. Multitasking shortens attention span and affects the quality of the work.
Look ahead and make a map of what needs to be done and when. You have to prioritize those tasks under various dimensions. Estimate the time needed for each task and fit it in the calendar and document it. Refer, track and revise the schedule as necessary, as changes unfold. Using a diary or work planner can be extremely useful in terms of time management.
Use your Inactive Time effectively
The inactive time which is also called as dead time are those which are spent when we’re waiting or doing nothing without a real purpose and those times can be useful in helping us to do little bits and pieces of works which can make up the big works. If you are waiting for a flight, you can read or do some of your works at that moment than ideally wasting it.
Learn to Say ‘No’
To focus on important things we must get rid of the trivial things. If we keep saying ‘yes’ to all those invitations we get, we might waste our time doing things that don’t really matter. Taking care of your mental health is a top priority, so even if it feels awkward the first time, learn to say ‘no’ to the things you don’t want to have in your life and learn to focus on the things that are most needed. That’s the key to time management.