Top Time Management Tips
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Loosing track of your days?  These time management tips can help you get back on track, get the most out of your time…and make the most of your personal productivity.

If you are feeling that there's just not enough time for you, and somewhere in the mix, you’ve lost any time you ever had for yourself, don’t despair.  The good news is that you can recapture some of that critical “you-time!”

If you find yourself constantly struggling with time management skills, these time management tips will offer some relief for you. 

While I use many strategies for managing my time…these are my “top 3 time management go-to tips.”  I put them into action several times throughout each day.  Try them and let me know how they work for you: 

  • Limit the amount of tasks or activities you set for yourself.  Sometimes I think we feel that we are “super humans.”  Not true.  We don’t wear capes and go flying around when there is a task to be completed.  We have to approach each task with the best time management skills and resources we have available to us.

You know yourself better than anyone else.  Before assigning tasks for yourself, think about how you go about accomplishing what needs to be done.  Be clear about what YOU can and cannot do within a given period of time.

Taking on too many tasks most likely will mean that you will not accomplish some of them.  Consequently, you’ll feel that you are constantly missing your objectives. 

When you find yourself constantly missing your objectives, you begin to loose motivation for doing those tasks that you may very well be capable of doing.  You may feel, “why bother?  I can’t get it done anyhow.”

  • Make it a practice to deliberately control the amount of time spent on particular activities.  This is perhaps one of my greatest challenges.  I make a conscious effort to keep a tight control in this area.

There are some tasks which I could conceivably spend half a day engaging in a particular activity.  Sometimes It's because I particularly enjoy that specific activity... or I completely lose track of the passing time because I allow the task to set the time constraint.

It should be the other way around.  It is I who should be controlling the time spent on the task.

Get in the habit of allocating and controlling the amount of time you spend on a particular activity.  Do not let it control you.  If you do, you’ll find yourself falling further and further behind in your task objectives. 

Don’t sabotage your efforts by devoting too much time to simple tasks.

  • Learn to say NO!  Just about everyone I know struggles with this one.  You do this simply by saying just one “yes” at a time. Before you know it, you’ve depleted your time and energy on more things than you can possible handle.  This definitely is not effective Time management.

Some things will naturally be left undone because it is almost inhumanly possible to commit and carry out all the tasks you placed before yourself.

The same way you must exercise control over particular tasks, similarly you must exercise control over the amount of tasks you set out to accomplish.  Be reasonable.  Take an active stance against time- sucking habits such as this one. 

Now that you know my top 3 go-to time management tips, you’ll want to make sure you put them in your routine time management strategies. 

I feel certain if you put them to constant good use, you’ll be able to better manage your time and productivity. You may even find that making more time for yourself is easy!

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