Time Management

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”

― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

1. Complete most important tasks first.

This is the golden rule of time management. Each day, identify few tasks that are the most crucial to complete, and do those first.

2. Learn to say “no”.

Your objective should be to take on only those commitments that you know you have time for and that you truly care about.

3. Get an early start.

Nearly all of us are plagued by the impulse to procrastinate but it’s so much nicer and less stressful to get an earlier start on something.

4. Don’t allow unimportant details to slow you down.

We often allow projects to take much, much longer than they could by getting hung up on small details but do press onward, get the bulk completed, and revise things afterward.

5. Be conscientious of TV/Internet/gaming/Facebook/texting time.

Time spent browsing Twitter or Facebook or watching TV and movies can be one of the biggest drains on productivity. I suggest becoming more aware of how much time you spend on these activities.

6. Approach each task one at a time.

One of the fastest ways to overwhelm yourself is to think about your massive to-do list. Realize that no amount of thought will make it any shorter. Focus on the one task before you. Think what’s next. This one, single, solitary task. One step at a time. Breathe.

7. Create organizing systems.

Being organized saves tons of time, and you don’t have to be the most ultra-organized person in the world either. Create a filing system for documents.

8. Do something during waiting time.

We tend to have a lot of down-time where we don’t try to do much. Waiting rooms, lines at the store, time in the car, on the elliptical at the gym, etc. Find things to do during this time.

9. One Last Tip (The Best One)

Remember one thing:

Enjoyment should always be the goal. Work can be truly rewarding.