You will find that even time management experts have days that are unproductive, at least by their standards. Even if no one is perfect, though, time management skills can help you in many ways. People who are good at managing their time get a lot more done than those who aren’t. People who are more productive also have higher self esteem, which serves them when they are relaxing as well as when they are working. There are ways you can consciously develop your time management abilities, and we will discuss some of them here.
First, take time to develop a goals list. Keep a written list close by if you decide to write this list on the computer in a word document. This way, when you feel your focus start to wander, you can pull out the list and look at it. You will be able to remind yourself where you need to focus without spending too much time off task. Physically writing your goals out can feel a bit more permanent than typing them into a computer not to mention they can’t be erased as easily. You can make these goals as big or small as you want. So why not write them down.
Every morning, even as you sit at the breakfast table, begin your list of goals for the day. Then, once you have written everything down, put that list into an order of priority. You’ll want to put the items that need to be done first up top and those that can be fit in later near bottom. Now you can create yourself a “to do” list. It is a great feeling to cross items off the list, and toss the whole list at the end of the day. Lists help save you from wondering what it is you are supposed to be doing next.
Don’t forget about breaks and relaxation times. No one can withstand a full throttle day without wearing down. Staying on top of your game is best handled with a fresh mind and relaxed body which is why you need scheduled breaks or down times every day. You may not know it but it has been proven that the brain functions better right after a break period. So make sure you make time for at least a few breaks during your day and then make sure you take them. Those breaks are your time to just unwind, your brain and body will thank you for them. They are important to your emotional health too. Never believe anyone who says these breaks aren’t necessary.
There are a ton of things you can do to improve on your own time management skills. Whether you believe it right now or not you can tackle this task. All you have left to do now is begin making some new habits, good habits. In no time at all, you won’t have to worry about losing a whole day to procrastination anymore!