Shemeka Brathwaite, MSED is a peak performance strategist, keynote speaker, and coach. She is often invited by organizations, associations, and educational institutions to provide inspiring programs on productivity, leadership, and executive presence. Her immersive training programs help professionals learn how to implement new systems that streamline the demands on one’s time, so they can achieve more at work, increase their influence, and live intentionally.
Your ability to manage your time can make or destroy you. Either you can get more done in less time or you may get less done in far more time than it's worth!
If you're having trouble managing your time, have a look at these suggestions. The truth is that there are no established guidelines for time management. It's fine if what works for your friends doesn't work for you.
While honing your time management skills, try the following exercises:
1. Close the door and disconnect the phone. It's critical to prevent unwanted distractions when working on a critical task. Sitting alone is a great way to clear your mind. Also, if you have access to the Internet, resist the temptation to visit time-wasting websites such as Twitter, MySpace, or Facebook.
2. Make a spot for everyday stuff. Spot items like your keys and wallet in the same place when you return home. The next time you go out, you'll know exactly where they are and won't have to waste time hunting for them.
3. Change your way of thinking. Take actions to modify a behavior that is counterproductive to your time management if you've recognized one.
4. Reduce the number of documents you have and arrange them. Even if a lot of information these days is digital, that doesn't imply you should save every email, file, or document to your computer.
5. Make a time estimate. Plan ahead of time how long you believe anything will take, whether it's a job task or something recreational. You won't lose a few hours without recognizing it as long as you keep track of the time.
6. There will be less preparation and more action. How often do you think about what you have yet to accomplish? Simply imagining the future will not get you anywhere.
7. Procrastination should be avoided. For most people, this is a daunting task! When you keep putting off a work that you know you should do, you tend to spend more time worrying about the fact that you have to do it when you could have already done it.
8. Make a plan. Setting goals is an essential component of any strategy. When you're at work, having a particular objective to reach makes it much easier to keep track of your progress and complete your task more efficiently.
9. Reward yourself for your efforts. Make sure you give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. A reward will encourage you to complete the most difficult chores and prevent procrastinating.
10. Take some time to relax. Self-discipline is crucial, but you don't want to overdo it and burn out. Because your mind has an opportunity to reflect, revitalize, and mend itself subconsciously, mental breaks will actually increase your productivity.
Last Words of Advice
The most essential thing to keep in mind when it comes to time management is to establish a system that works for you. Begin by observing your behaviors and decisions so that you can recognize when you are tempted to squander time and postpone.
Simply keep taking steps in the correct direction, and you'll soon overcome the time wasters that have been holding you back for far too long!
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