How to manage your time efficiently

05 Dec 2018

Time managementFitting in a great number of tasks in one day may sometimes seem impossible, but it is more than likely that there really is enough time for everything – if time is managed wisely. Time management is often perceived as an effort to squeeze in as many tasks as possible or simply spend less hours on them. However, efficient time management consists of prioritising, simplifying and focusing on specific tasks. Here are some tips which could come in handy:

-    List your tasks
Trying to remember all your tasks can cause unnecessary stress. Having an organised list of what needs to get done will break things down and clarify your mind. Whether you are using a phone application or a pocketbook, make sure that your list is easily carried around with you.

-    Prioritise the important things
Arguably the most crucial aspect to efficient time management, prioritising tasks over others should be the first on your to-do list. Start your day by identifying the most important tasks that need to get done. Once you have completed those, the essentials (and most likely the more stressful tasks) have been excluded from your list.

-    Focus on the topic at hand
Quality is always more important that quantity, and getting one thing done right will essentially require less time than trying to inefficiently juggle a million things at once. The most important topics should have an allotted time frame dedicated to them – immerse yourself in that one job prior to attempting another.

-    Learn to say no
Never take on more tasks than you are capable of completing in a specific timeframe. Certain tasks will lack importance and yet require a lot of your time, and these are the ones that you will need to decline.

-    Time yourself
If you are a perfectionist, timing yourself will help greatly. Some people can get carried away rechecking a menial task, so do remain aware of how much time you spend on each task. Additionally, keep track of how much time you spend on your breaks – whether you are scrolling through social media or staring into space, procrastination can easily swallow up a chunk of your day.

-    Get enough rest
Finally, it is important to dedicate enough time to self-care – sleeping, eating and exercising. Nothing should be overdone, of course, but a lack of rest will ultimately equate to a lack of energy, which results in poor efficiency at work. Your health should always be the top priority.

Check out one of our previous posts if you would like to read up on managing a good work-life balance!