By: Danika Tallman
Managing your time is one the most important things about being successful. It doesn’t matter what you want to succeed in, you need to know how to work when you need to work. This can be a hard thing for many people. There are so many things that you can be distracted by: social media, Netflix, other people, movies, basically anything is a distraction when you need to get something done. Even with all the distractions today, there are many different things you can do to make sure you are as effective as possible in accomplishing your day to day tasks.
- One of the first things you should be doing to manage your time is to prioritize. You need to know exactly which tasks are the most important. These can differ daily so it’s good to start prioritizing each morning. Go through the things you need to accomplish and figure out which ones are the most important. You can even make a list if that helps. Write down everything you need to do for the day in order of importance. You can even do the same thing at night in order to prepare for the next day.
2. After you’re done prioritizing, you can make a schedule. When you figure out what needs to be done immediately, you can figure out how much time it will take and schedule those things first. Then once you complete the really big tasks, you can tackle the smaller ones. This will also help you have a sense of accomplishment and that will also help you to continue to accomplish more tasks. It’s a snowball effect and will help you in all aspects of your life.
3. Once you prioritize and schedule your day, you can get on with executing your plan. This can be the hardest part of all. No matter how much you plan, how important you know your tasks are, the thing that comes into play here is discipline. You need to buckle down and get to work. You can schedule and make lists and prioritize all you want but you eventually just need to do the work.
4. There are definitely more things you can do to be a successful time manager. There are books you can read, podcasts you can listen to, articles you can research but it eventually it all comes down to what works best for you. When you find a good routine and you can stick to it, you can be the most productive you can be. It’s all about knowing the value of a minute and how much you can accomplish in such a short period of time. Try different things, you never know what will work for you!