Do you find yourself overwhelmed with too much of a workload?
Does it feel like you have too much to do and not enough time to do it?
These may be symptoms of poor time management skills.
Time management is something many people struggle with. Between work, school and personal lives, the tasks we face can easily pile up before we realize it.
When you learn to maintain proper time management, you may have more time to relax, which also decreases stress and anxiety.
Here are seven tips to improve time management and increase productivity:
Schedule and Prioritize
Carry a planner or notebook with you and list all the things you need to do. First, list tasks that need your
immediate attention, then take care of the less important tasks later.
The earlier you start, the sooner you will finish. This will allow you to work at your own pace and fix any
errors you might make along the way.
When you have a task at hand, set a realistic deadline and stick to it. Try to set a deadline a few days before it is due, just in case something else pops up.
One golden rule to remember: if it can be done today, DO IT TODAY.
Whenever you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, take a break for 10-15 minutes. Too much stress can take a toll on your body and affect your productivity. Take a walk, grab a snack or listen to some music.
It is okay to decline plans with friends to finish your work. Work now, play later.
Once you’ve completed everything on your task list, take the time to celebrate. Make sure you do something you enjoy. But don’t do it in excess, and don’t let it cause you to get further behind.
Developing excellent time management skills takes practice and discipline. You must find what works best for you.