Effective Time Management Techniques
Do you always find yourself doing numerous tasks at the last minute? Does the sight of voluminous paperwork make you feel swamped, eventually leading you to put them off for "just a few more minutes"? Does the word deadline unfailingly give you panic attacks?
If you answered in the affirmative to any of the questions mentioned above, then you are undeniably guilty of wasting a precious resource--- time. Like most people, you may get a rush out of beating the clock and submitting your work, although sloppily done, on time. This chronic battle waged during crunch time invariably leads to the ubiquitous raccoon eyes and zits popping uncontrollably all over your face. And as you continue to cope with the nervewracking pressure of accomplishing so much in so little time, your once gentle personality mutates into a hideous monster.
While there may be no getting around job orders, here are some essential tips of managing your time efficiently:
Keep a record of all your tasks such as school assignments, job
presentations and household chores. There is something about
the written word that makes it harder to ignore. This list is also an easy way for you to keep track of what needs to be done
and when the due dates are
Once all the tasks are listed already, prioritize them according
to their sense of urgency. Arrange the tasks whether they are
due in the next few days, weeks or months. It only makes sense
that a presentation due tomorrow will be given more importance
than one that is due a month from now.
All your dreams, plans and goals are worthless if you don't act
on them. Your ideals, no matter how lofty, will not come to
fruition if you remain rooted to where you are. While it is true
that you have a tendency, like the rest of nature, to follow the
line of least resistance in surviving this challenging world, you
can evolve and turn out to be way stronger than you once were.
Say goodbye to stalls. Stop making alibis. Kick those enumerable excuses that hinders you from becoming a better
person. Act now.
When you have two or more projects to finish, try to accomplish
the more difficult one first before proceeding to the next. In
that way, your mind will be clearer and you will get through it
In order to maximize your time, you should remain focused on your tasks. This means that you have to minimize, if not totally
remove, all the distractions surrounding you. Turn off the television, lower down the volume of the beat blaring from the
radio, tell your little siblings to stop screaming at each other
and keep your mobile phone outside your reach. Do not try
sneaking at your incoming text messages and tell your parents
that you won't be receiving any calls for a few hours.
A tireless 24/7 machine you are most definitely not, so don't forget to indulge in life's little pleasures. You can set a contract with yourself that after finishing a certain work, you can pamper yourself with a manicure or a short stroll around your neighborhood. For harder tasks, you can always treat yourself to a whole body massage or foot reflexology.
Always remember that every project ticked off that list brings you one step closer to a more manageable schedule