If you’re looking for time management techniques, I’m willing to bet you want to achieve more with the very little precious time you have. I have often wished for just one more hour in the day! Alas, this wish has not manifested yet.
Time is one of the gifts that keep us grounded. We are given time as a measuring stick, so that we can participate equally in the different facets of our lives.
Sometimes, however, one facet of your life can dominate all others. It might be work, or your mothering responsibilities. I often have mothers who tell me they feel like nothing more than a taxi driver, running errands and taking their kids from one activity to the next! Where is the time left over for mom? This can leave you feeling exhausted and cranky, while your aura or energy field looks depleted and run down.
Do you often find yourself beating the clock? A lot of people feel harassed by the pressure of time because they neglect to apply proper time management techniques. The truth is workload is manageable if you only know how to organize your daily activities, both work and play.
Below are my best tips that you can use on a regular basis, to manage your time plus gain energy in your aura.
Do not let your responsibilities get the better of you. It is best that you stay on top of these responsibilities and you will see that you get to achieve more than what you expected. Applying time management techniques will keep you in control, keep you productive, and avoid burnout.
Your “to do” list
A check list may just be the oldest and most effective time management practice. Having a list will always keep you in track with what needs to be accomplished and knowing which should be done first. Naturally, the most important task is at the top of the list and you go your way down to the least important. However, it also does not mean that the least important task is negligible and that it is okay not to do it anymore. Always keep in mind that everything should be and will be accomplished within the time frame.
Focus when it is time to work. This is among the tried and tested time management techniques. Avoid distractions at all cost and resolve interruptions right away. Do not procrastinate. This will only lead to guilt for not starting anything yet, then dismay because you will have to force yourself to begin, and eventually when time catches up, you feel overwhelmed and overworked.
This has been the most powerful driving force in managing my own time. I simply switch the TV off, and suddenly my brain finds the space to think of the other things that need to be done! It is very difficult at first, and my best advice is to cut down your TV-watching gradually. Begin by just switching it off when you’re not watching anything in particular. Then, research your program guide and watch only the shows you want to watch at certain times. You’ll be amazed at all the extra time you find during the day.
Know your capacity
A downside to being reliable is to be relied upon. However, you won’t be able to accomplish anything if you take on more than you can handle. Be assertive and say no. Multitasking may be the trending word in the corporate world but the truth is the quality of work suffers if you don’t give your full concentration on the task at hand because you are doing something else at the same time. Another side of the coin is in being a control freak and not trusting other people’s capacity to get things done. Sure it is a rush that you are such a busy person but being loaded with work does not necessarily mean productive. A productive person who practices time management techniques will always have time to sit down and do nothing but relax.