Time Management: Doing More in Less Time

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Instructor: Tara Schofield

Tara has a PhD in Marketing & Management

If you want to do more and achieve greater things, you need to be effective at managing your time. This lesson outlines some useful and beneficial steps for time management.

What Is Time Management?

Time is one of our most valuable and limited resources. While we can earn more money or increase our investments, we only have a limited amount of hours each day. What we do with that time can make a tremendous difference in what we are able to accomplish. Time management allows people to do more in less time.

Some Time Management Tips

Here are some helpful tips to making the most of each day:

1. Organizing Your Space

How much time do you spend looking for your keys or cell phone? Do you have piles of paper lying around that you have to sort through every time you need something? Disorganization wastes a lot of time.

One important aspect of time management is organizing your space and belongings. It saves time to be able to find things you need and put things away where they belong. If you find your home, office, and personal space disorganized, spend some time getting your area organized. Putting things in a useful location where they're easy to find allows you to save time and readily access your belongings when you need them.

Your desk at work seems to get really messy and you have piles of papers. As part of your time management plan, you decide to sort through the piles, get rid of the things you don't need, and file the papers you need to access again in the future. As you organize your space, you have more energy, less embarrassment, and you can find things faster. This one step has helped you manage your time more effectively.

2. Making a Plan

Another important step in time management is creating a plan, outlining the priority of tasks. End your work day or your personal evening making a to-do list for the following day. This will help you keep track of the most important tasks you didn't finish today and that need to be done tomorrow. It also helps you stay focused on progressing projects. If you never keep track of what you're doing until the last second, you're starting from scratch and may not be on track to continue the most important projects.

Once you have a list of tasks, prioritize the most important items - the items that will have the greatest impact on your projects and provide the greatest results, both immediately and long-term. Having a plan is vital to effectively using your time and getting the best result from your efforts.

3. Setting Boundaries

You need to set boundaries, for yourself and for others. Other people may ask you to do things that will take your time - time you have set aside for your projects. Learning to say no to others when you need to work on your own projects will be an important part of your successful time management.

You need to make rules for yourself about how you will handle your time. If you make a commitment to follow through on projects and plans, push yourself to fulfill that commitment. It's easy to get distracted or lose track of what your long-term goals are if you don't focus on your goals. If you get lazy one day, you may waste a lot of time that could be used for important activities. Setting boundaries means you say no to requests from other people that will impose on your plans, making yourself do the things you may not want to do, and sticking to your plan.

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