Time is a crucial element in the goal setting process. By making better use of your time, you can achieve your goals much more easily. Here are eight time management tips to help you organise your priorities in order to be more productive:
- Realise that time management is a myth. No matter how organised you are, there are only 24 hours in a day.
- Find out where you are wasting time. Tracking your activities so you can form an accurate picture of how you actually spend your time is an important first step in effective time management.
- Create time management goals. Once your SMART goals are established, set additional time management goals that change your behaviour. A good place to start is eliminating your personal time-wasters such as unproductive social media use.
- Use time management tools. Whether it’s a physical agenda or digital application, a key step to managing your time is knowing where you currently spend your time and planning how you are going to spend time in the future
- Prioritise ruthlessly. You should start each day with a time management session prioritising the action steps for that day and setting your performance benchmark. If you have 20 action steps that still need to be achieved, determine how many of them can you realistically accomplish that day.
- Establish routines and stick to them as much as possible. While crises will arise, you will be much more productive if you can follow routines most of the time.
- Get in the habit of setting time limits for tasks. For example, Basketball activities can consume your whole day if you let them. Instead, set limits on the time you spend focusing on your sport.
- Don’t waste time waiting. From team meetings to medical appointments, it is impossible to avoid waiting for someone or something. Always take something to do with you so you can make the most of your waiting time.
Once you can manage your time and realistically predict how long different parts of your day will take, you can begin to establish clear and achievable time targets for achieving your goals. And by identifying habits that waste time and interfere with progress, you can make adjustments that drive your goals forward without sacrificing other things that you enjoy.