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How to Develop Your Time Management Skills

Have you ever asked yourself “why is it that some people achieve so much more with their time than me, even though we all get the same 24 hours every day?” The answer is simple: excellent time management skills.

Planning how much time you will be spending on every day activities is vital for your personal life and career success. Actually, there are several benefits to effectively managing your time including:

-          Less stress

-          Better quality of life

-          Greater productivity and efficiency

-          Greater opportunities to achieve career goals

If you would like to be a better time manager and have all of that, then all you have to do is to have a look at these 5 simple tips that will help you use every minute of each day wisely:

#1 Wake up early

Previous research has shown that individuals who tend to wake up early have more energy to do and explore more stuff. Try waking up early every morning at around 8 or 9am so that you adopt a healthier lifestyle and have more time to do what you need to do. Good at maths? Divide 24 hours by 3: you are left with 8 hours working, 8 hours having fun and 8 hours sleeping.

Have trouble getting up early though? Check out I Can’t Wake Up mobile app that will help you get out of bed in no time!

#2 Set realistic expectations

Make sure you know how you will be spending your time every day and that you are setting realistic time expectations for each activity. Respect yourself and get to know your limits in regards to what you can do in that allocated timescale. Think of how much time each activity will require from you and make your plans for the next. Allocate activities half an hour or an hour apart so that you allow yourself some time to take a break and prepare. Use Toggl, the free time tracking mobile app to avoid timesheets!

#3 Set your priorities

Set your big priorities first and then manage your smaller priorities in way that can fit around your schedule. If you don’t know what your big priorities are yet ask yourself what is important to you e.g. family, work, friends, career; spend some quality time on them and then leave some space for the other activities throughout the day. If you haven’t previously watched Rocks in a Jar, check it out as it is a very good example for managing your time effectively and will help you find out why this is so important.

#4 Find your time wasters

Make the effort to write down what you are doing every day in order to find out what could be wasting your time while you could be doing something more productive. It is likely that you will be spending too many hours on Facebook and Twitter, watching TV, or talking on the phone aimlessly. Also, investigate the reasons that are preventing you from not completing your To Do checklist by the end of the day. You might not be able to say no or concentrate on specific tasks, you don’t enjoy your job anymore, or you don’t have prepared a time log…yet. Any.do mobile app can help you get things done by reminding you what you need to do throughout the day.

#5 Take a break

As said before, you should be able to spend 8 hours each day having fun, so make sure that you are allowing yourself some free time and socialising with friends. As the popular slogan says “have a break, have a Kit-Kat”, so you should take a break too once in a while and plan to go out to the cinema or for a dinner with your friends after a busy day at the office! It will definitely help you regain your energy and help you escape from your daily routine.

To succeed in effective time management, all it takes is to follow these helpful tips: taking a break, invigorating yourself, setting your priorities and planning ahead! So, how do you compete with time? Leave your comments below.

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