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via uloopTime management is something a lot of people have trouble with. The events that take place in our day to day lives, family drama, relationship issues, or simply being lazy, are just a few of the things that can majorly hinder us from using our time effectively and efficiently. I personally don’t know anyone that has “mastered” effective time management, myself included. However, I do know a few tips that have helped others and myself do our best at managing our time effectively.

Prioritize

Prioritization is a major key in effective time management. Making a list that starts with your most important tasks down to your least important tasks will most certainly help you get what you need to get done. Often times we tend to do our least important tasks first because they might be “easier,” but I have found from personal experience that starting off with the important tasks, like a major project that’s due, can help you feel more “accomplished.”

Plan Ahead

Making your list is great but also make sure that you plan to complete your list accordingly. A lot of times we like to wait until the very last minute to get started on whatever it is we have to do and in doing so, we lose valuable time. Learn to plan ahead on how you are going to execute your tasks before you actually start them.

Limit Distractions

Procrastination is the number one killer of effective time management. Scrolling through social media, watching your favorite TV show, or playing video games instead of completing your important tasks are sure ways of wasting time that you know you really can’t afford to waste. When you know you have a lot of things to do that require your complete focus, try shutting off your phone and TV so that way you have no excuses to handle your business.

Self-Care

None of these tips will work if you don’t take care of yourself. Always make sure that you are getting enough sleep, exercising, eating clean, and having “me time” so that you don’t overload your mind and body. In doing so, you won’t end up feeling like you’re going crazy. You also help prevent yourself from feeling overwhelmed and/or stressed when it comes time for you to complete what you need to. It is vital to your success of effective time management that you take care of yourself properly.

 

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