Time management skills: How to be on time like a wizard.

 

Time management skills: How to be on time like a wizard


Good time management is valuable for every adult. Improving this skill is crucial for your productivity, the goals you set, and getting some quality off-work time.




What is good time management?


You probably know someone who sets and crushes goals, is never late for anything, and enjoys their free time. The reason is because this person has developed the skill of time management. This person is very strict with his time: he wakes up at a precise hour every morning, has lunch at the same time every day, arrives to work strictly on time, and later takes time to enjoy himself and mentally recharge.

Time management is the art of planning and organizing your time so that you can use it effectively. It is a set of skills and habits that you have naturally but need to develop.


Be early and make a good impression in every scenario.

It shows you are well prepared and ready for the task at hand. It means you are reliable and respect other people's time.



If you are 5 minutes early – you are on time. If you are late – you are late.


Being late makes an awful impression, especially in a professional setting.

It shows a lack of respect for other people's time. When you are late, you show the other person their time is less valuable than yours. 


 

How to improve your time management skills






Set goals and priorities.

What are your most important tasks? Is there something you want to achieve? Once you know your goals, you can prioritize your tasks and schedule your time accordingly.



Plan your day.

Take some time at the beginning of each day to plan what you must accomplish to help you stay on track and avoid procrastination.


Break down large tasks into smaller ones. 

Doing so will make them seem less daunting and more manageable.


Leave a little time window.

Let’s say it’s 8:00 on a Monday, you have had your coffee, and you are dressed and ready to go to work. You have 1 hour to get to the office, and a 20-minute drive but already headed out. You drive a couple of blocks out of your neighborhood, and BAM – a traffic jam!

You spend 20 minutes of your day just sitting in your car, listening to the radio, slightly moving forward.

At 8:40, you reach your office, but there are no parking spots, so you take another 10 minutes to find one. You still have 10 minutes left to get some coffee and get set for work.


But if you were to head out for work at 8:40, hoping that there'll be no traffic jams to slow you down – you will get to work by 9:30.

If there were no traffic jams and you still went out at 8:00, you would get there early enough to get your brain set for work, chat with coworkers, or have another coffee.



Take breaks.

It is crucial to take breaks throughout the day to avoid burnout. Get up and move around, or take a few minutes to relax and clear your head.



Avoid distractions.

That includes turning off your phone, closing all the unnecessary tabs, and finding a quiet place to concentrate and work.



Learn to say no.

It is okay to say no to requests when overwhelmed with work.  



Reward yourself.

When you achieve a goal, take some time to celebrate your accomplishment, stay motivated and stay on track.



Final thoughts

Follow all these tips and make a habit of them. Time management is a skill that goes hand in hand with taking action.



















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