10 Tips for Effective Time Management in Life and Work
Have you ever thought to yourself that there aren’t enough hours in the day, or felt overwhelmed at the tasks facing you? If you have, this article can help you!
I’m asked this question all the time….” How do you manage everything?” I have 6 kids and a husband, multiple businesses, hobbies, and a social life. If I can figure it out, you can too.
Here are some simple tips you can implement today to start being more effective and manage your priorities:
1.) Clarify your goals and strategy
Be very clear about your aims and ambitions, both short and long-term. Write them down. Once you know what you really want to achieve (and why) it’s easier to make decisions about what needs doing and to plan accordingly.
2.) Focus on your top priorities
I prefer to use the phrase ‘Priority management’ instead of ‘time management.’ You’ll be more productive and profitable if you identify and focus on the areas most important to your business. Work on the fundamentals first. The Latin word ‘fundamentum’ means foundation – so take action, build strong foundations and the rest should follow.
3.) Schedule time
If it’s a priority to you, schedule it. Literally write an appointment in your work planner (you do have one of those, don’t you?) to set aside a realistic block of time for your priority actions. This reduces anxiety over not having enough time and keeps you focused.
4.) Say no!
No is one of my favorite words. Always check your schedule before committing to anything new. Don’t allow others to divert you from your objectives.
5.) Create supportive systems
Systems are key for everything. If you don’t like your results (in this case your priority management results) examine your systems and find a way to improve them. This includes systems for filing, management information, and communication.
6.) Take a reality check
Will your current activity have a positive outcome, or are you doing it to avoid something else? Be honest with yourself.
It’s tempting to do something yourself when you think you can do it faster and better. But consider the long term – delegation now will save time in the future, and if done appropriately can motivate your staff, boost their confidence and help them develop their skills. I have a small army of children I love to delegate tasks to, and they get life experience by accomplishing them.
8.) Repeat your success
Remember the last time you went away on vacation, and how you got so much done in those few days before you left? What strategies and techniques did you employ that made you so effective and focused? Can you repeat them? Alternatively, imagine you are going away tomorrow and work through today accordingly.
9.) Balance your life
Formally schedule personal activities too, so you make time for family, friends, your health, and fun because having a balanced life reduces stress and increases energy levels. Priority management is really about life management!
10.) End the day
At the end of the working day, tidy your desk, make notes about what needs doing tomorrow and prioritize those tasks. You’ll worry less that evening and be prepared and focused the next morning.
Carmen Ventrucci’s motto is Follow Your Road. She knows small business owners create their business so they can make an impact for their clients, community, family, and life.
Nicknamed by her clients as ‘The Girl with the Golden Shovel’ due to results, Carmen helps her clients scale and grow their business so they can magnify their impact. Carmen is a small business consultant based in St. Paul, MN, and serves clients across the USA with her company, True SISU Life, LLC.
See how Carmen’s Golden Shovel can impact you at www.truesisulife.com.