How much is an hour of your time worth to you? Do you treat each hour like it’s worth that much? Do you make sure others treat your time as if it is that valuable? Your time is expensive, and time management is the best way to make sure you get the most out of each hour. There are several tips that can be followed to increase your productivity and effectiveness over the course of a day.
1. Set a Routine
This tip is especially important for entrepreneurs who may not work in a traditional office environment. A routine keeps work from encroaching on the rest of your life and allows for a time management based schedule. Friends and family learn what part of your day is dedicated to work, while coworkers and colleagues will have a clear delineation for when you are off the clock. Once your routine becomes habit it will allow you an efficient way to accomplish work throughout the day. You’ll know when to schedule tasks, and how much you can undertake in the morning, afternoon, and evening.
2. Do The Most Important Tasks First
An important part of establishing a routine is prioritizing tasks. Days always fill up. A crucial part of time management is completing critical work efficiently and consistently. Avoid missing out on important tasks by planning to accomplish them early and when you have the most energy. Getting into the rhythm of working may be easier with shorter tasks. Once you’re working, make sure the significant tasks do not get put off until the end of the day when they may be overlooked or you may run out of energy.
3. Break Up Large Projects
Sometimes those important tasks are huge projects. Set small goals to effectively manage assignments of this size. Smaller goals help maintain momentum, making the larger goal seem less daunting. A series of minor, short deadlines is less intimidating, easier to visualize, and more likely to be obtained than one large deadline looming off in the distance.
4. Manage Your Time and Your Energy
Time management also means remembering to take breaks. Allowing yourself to rest will help you remain focused and efficient when you are working. Sometimes we can work a 12-hour day and feel fine; take advantage of these highly productive days. Take advantage of break days too, allowing your mind and body to recuperate as necessary. Your time is valuable. Behave accordingly and others will do the same, resulting in your time being better managed.