Effective Time Management

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Do you manage your time wisely?

“Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing.” – Miles Davis

Time management is the process of dividing time between activities. A sound time management is simple time management but with better results. A day consists of 24 hours, and it applies to everyone. Not one person has more or less in a day. Excellent time management requires a person to see activities based on results. It allows you to work smarter – not harder – so more tasks are accomplished with less time.

The truth is that time is the greatest equalizer in life. No matter who you are, your age, income, gender, race, or religion, you have the same amount of time as the next person. Whether you’re filthy rich or dirt poor, your time is the same. It’s not about how much time you have. It’s about how effectively you manage your time.

Here are some tips on how to manage your time effectively and adequately:

  • Set objectives immediately. – One of the overused methods in establishing a target or goal is to use the SMART method. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-wise. It may be one of the oldest techniques, but it also one of the most effective.
  • Prepare a system. –The quadrant time-management system is one of the most effective policies that can be incorporated. These quadrants consist of urgent, important, both, or neither.
  • Look back. – Figure out the activities that you did the previous week and record it in blocks of half an hour or an hour. Looking back will help you assess the tasks that were accomplished or the times that were wasted.
  • Spend your morning right. – Mark Twain once implied that difficult tasks are to be accomplished first thing in the morning. This is true as it provides momentum in achieving countless missions throughout the day.
  • Improve habits. – Habits are activities that a person makes unknowingly and thus using less effort. Developing a habit directed to your tasks helps prevent the person from feeling overworked or tired. At the same time, bad habits consume too much of your time with less return. Knowing which practices to let go of and which ones to improve on can give a person an edge in life.
  • Make a to-do list for the next day. – At night, when there is tranquility, making a list of what to achieve the next day can help prepare our bodies psychologically for the next day.