Everyone gets the same number of hours a day However, some people seem to get more done. The difference lies in how efficiently you use those hours. These tips for managing time can assist you in working smarter, not more.
1. Plan ahead.
You might not be able to anticipate all the things that could happen, but you should still be prepared. Make a list with the tasks you need to complete every day. Include any meetings or deadlines which could impact your schedule. Estimate the amount of time each task will take as accurately as possible. This will help you to remain on the right path and feel productive.
2. Eliminate distractions.
Distractions can come from a number of places – social media, coworkers texts and personal phone calls or even random thoughts and they can all cause havoc on your productivity. Find out what you are distracted by and create a strategy to address it. Maybe it’s closing your door to avoid distractions, or turning your phone on silent for instance. Perhaps it’s telling your friends to stay away and rescheduling a coffee date for another day when you have a critical assignment due.
3. Prioritize your tasks.
Every day, assess and prioritize each task based on the urgency and importance. This will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed by the long list of tasks, and ensure that the most important ones are completed first.