Firstly to successfully manage our time we have to be organised in both our personal and also professional life. Not all of us – I include myself in this category – currently have sufficient skills to organise tasks efficiently but before we can do this we need to manage our time first.

Make a list of what you need to do and keep it up to date, on the list you need to include both urgent and none urgent things, this will help you to remember things in the future that you may otherwise have forgot or dismissed as trivial, When you have made your list put an estimated time and date for completion against each action – this is something that I have now started to do and I have found that while I have a spare minute I have managed to find information on the internet that would enable me to finish one of my tasks. Try to be sensible when setting the times and try to meet them, this will take the pressure and stress away by ensuring that nothing is left until the last minute and then realising that you haven’t given yourself enough time to complete everything. Set out and follow an action plan. I find that that sometimes the only way that I am going to get something done especially when working at home is if I am in a room by myself so there are no distractions. If you are like me and you realise it then please act accordingly.

To manage your time efficiently does not always relate to work you should also schedule in time where you have free time to relax and recharge your batteries, it is also good to give yourself a treat of some kind when you complete your tasks, this could be as simple as having a coffee break or a mini break away.

Success comes to those who know how to manage their time well.

Many thanks for reading

Your friend

Steve

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