Author: Tatiana Rivers- Tati Rivs Social Media Marketing
Good Time Management = Success
Time management is a big factor that leads to success. No matter what you are aiming to be successful at, somehow it all boils down to how you manage your time. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, and yet some people seem to use that time better than others. They haven’t found some secret weapon, they just have very good time management habits. The good news is, anyone can develop good time management habits. What’s more, the simpler the approach, the more likely you are to stick to it.
Here are a few ways that you can improve your time management skills starting today!
Do a Critical Evaluation
Start by looking deeply at the way you structure your day and where you find things seem to not be working well time-wise. Is there are time of day you find that you start to procrastinating? Or is there a specific job that you are avoiding or that is taking you much longer than it should to complete? Take an honest look at where your problems lie and write them down, then think of ways you can prevent these time sucks from happening.
What are the most important things you need to accomplish? Start with big picture goals and work backwards. Aim to have no more than 4 priority goals for any given day that have to get accomplished.
Start Writing A To-Do List
A daily to do list is a very good way of managing time effectively. There is nothing new with this concept and everyone knows how to make one. To-do lists are essential and it is better to write them down or keep them in an app. Not only will your to-do list help keep you on track, but it also prevents you from forgetting important tasks and keeps you accountable to what you set out to do.
Assign Realistic Time Expectations
Look at your priorities and decide how long it realistically will take to commplete them. This is usually where people have problems. Setting unrealistic expectations only hampers your time efficiency. When you feel overwhelmed and disappointed, you might stop using your list, give up on tasks and feel like you are accomplishing nothing. This step is crucial. This article by Forbes goes into it further and explains how you can get this step right.
Finish Your To Do List & Stick To It
Now that you looked at where your time sucks are by doing you critical evaluation, you have made your list of priorities and you have started to assign realistic time frames, you are left with a plan that should be doable. The next important step is to make it a habit to follow that plan every day. The daily habit of working off a time efficient plan is ultimately what makes the difference between those that are good an time management and those that aren’t. It sounds simple, but creating a new habit and sticking to it can be hard. This article by Life Hack, explains how you can develop and maintain a new habit.
With these steps you will become better and time management. It isn’t easy but it is doable! We hope you likes these tips, for more tips on improving your Freelancing career, check out the following links: