How to be better at time management
Do you ever hear yourself saying, ‘I wish there were more hours in the day’ or, ‘I don’t have enough time to fit everything in’? These are common questions people often ask themselves when faced with the daily grind. Unfortunately, we cannot create more time but there’s a number of ways to help save it, which is why we’ve listed 4 tips below to help you manage your time better.
1. Create more time with your morning routine
We all love staying in bed in the morning and some mornings are harder to get up than others, but it’s well known the most successful people wake up early. By rising early you won’t only add more hours to your day, but you will also start your day off on the right foot - it’s believed by experts that the choices made in the first few hours of the day determine the success or failure of the rest of the day, so choose your morning routine wisely!
2. Make a daily AND weekly to-do list to prioritise your time
Creating a ‘to do’ list not only helps us define what it is we need to do, it also helps us prioritise what are the most urgent tasks. For those who might be feeling overwhelmed about the amount of work to do, a list frees up headspace so you can spend less time thinking about the tasks and more time doing them. Many successful people often encourage people to do the hardest task first in the day so you can get it out the way.
3. Focus your time and attention on one task at a time
Often people try to juggle several things at once, but neurologists have highlighted this simply doesn’t work well, as our brains aren’t designed to function like this. By learning how to focus on one task at a time and eliminating distractions, this will help improve your productivity which will ultimately help save you time.
4. Allow distraction time to prevent interruptions
It’s really easy to become distracted by a family member calling, a friend texting or an email about upcoming offers, and once this happens it’s quite difficult to get your mindset back into your work. By allowing yourself 20-30mins of distraction time each day you can push these distractions into that time period, meaning your focus can remain on the task at hand.