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12 Time Management Concepts That Work

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We all lead busy lives, and sometimes it can seem like a constant struggle just to keep your head above water. Balancing family, work, study, and leisure time can be a huge challenge. Luckily there are smart ways to get some sanity back into your life, and take control of your time management. Here are 12 of the best:

12 Time Management Concepts

  • Identify your task priorities and schedule to complete those first. Do them in this order: 1. Urgent and important 2. Urgent, not important 3. Important, not urgent 4. Not urgent, not important.
  • Write everything in one diary (physical or digital) if possible, including your personal life.
  • Schedule as much as you can, and use time-frames rather than leaving things open-ended. For example “complete report Tuesday 2-4pm”.
  • If your plans are disrupted or you run over time, immediately re-schedule your task.
  • Do one thing at a time when you can. Minimise distractions when you wish to complete a task. Turn off notifications.
  • Delegate as much as you can (make expectations clear, be available for advice).
  • If you feel overwhelmed by a big project, break it down into steps, and then schedule those steps.
  • Schedule breaks if you start to feel burnt out.
  • Schedule timeframes for checking and actioning emails, perhaps 2-3 time blocks a day.
  • At the start of your day and/or week, organise and schedule as much as you can.
  • Keep your work and home environment neat and tidy.
  • Look for ways to improve your systems.

Start to take control of your time

Applying these 12 time management concepts on a consistent basis maximises your efficiency and productivity, and gives you more time to do the things you love. Life coaching can help you to integrate these concepts into your specific situation.

What time management strategies do you find work for you? Let me know in the comments below.

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