Tips for Time Management

Hi, Anita:

My business has seen a huge jump in orders and we are firing on all cylinders. I definitely welcome the increase in pace and couldn’t be happier with the pick-up in the economy. But I am worried that before long I will find myself with too many things to do and not enough time to do it. What tips do you have for time management?

Dear, Crunched for Time:

Time management is a great tool for everyone to master. When time begins to vanish right before your eyes, it is good to have a set plan in mind on how to keep your life in order. One thing that always fascinates me about time… when all we have is time, it creeps by, and when we don’t have enough, it seems to fly out the window.

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Here a few tips to keep that wily and unruly time of ours under control.

  • Take the first 30 minutes of your day planning out your day.
  • Prioritize your tasks. Separate them into those that must be completed today, those due tomorrow, those due next week, and so on. This will give you a good checklist to work from.
  • Record your daily activities and analyze the time you spend doing each type of task. When you look back after two weeks, you will be able to better understand where you can save 5 minutes here or 10 minutes there.
  • Don’t be afraid to set aside “Do Not Disturb” time for yourself. Get the most important tasks completed and out of the way during these hours.
  • Budget time in your day for unanticipated interruptions. Trust me, they come out of nowhere when you least expect them.
  • Remind yourself that you are only human, and it is impossible to get everything done in a day.
  • Schedule time about every half hour to respond to emails in your inbox. If something is urgent and needs your immediate attention, instruct your staff to either call or visit you in your office.
  • Get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat a healthy diet. It will help you have more energy and the fuel to stay focused on the tasks at hand.

A good video to watch is below from Dr. Darryl Cross. It is a bit longer than my usual visual entertainment but worth every minute:

Readers, what do you think is the biggest time-waster during your day? Do you have a secret tip you would like to share with the Clew-munity?

Best wishes,

Anita

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    Aug 06, 2013 @ 10:03:06

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