In any endeavor, one of the hardest things to do is to focus and be productive, ultimately doing what needs to be done, whether it be at work or at home. It is genuinely hard to get things done, especially with time constrictions. But it’s not impossible. The key is time management.
Time management is the art of using your wisely and efficiently. Although some people are naturally good at divvying up their hours and being productive when need be, for most people this is a skill that needs to be practiced. Because everybody’s goals and tasks are different, it’s impossible to make a schedule or a template for time management that would fit everybody’s life, but here are a few tips that anyone can follow to get more done every day.
1. Make a list of everything you have to do that day. Seeing what you have to do in writing helps you visualize and plan your day better. Also, seeing everything that you have to do will help you not flounder in between projects while trying to think of what to do next.
2. Prioritize. Decide what’s important and knock that out first. Or figure out what would take the longest and do that in the morning when you have the most energy and before your mind starts to wander.
3. Take breaks. You may think that taking breaks is a waste of time, but they are good for your brain. Giving yourself time away from your desk and especially your computer gives both your brain and your eyes a break. Try to do something active on your breaks like a few light stretches instead of moving from one chair to another one. Getting the blood flowing will make you feel less lethargic. Ten minutes every hour is the recommended dosage, but if you can’t spend that much time away from your desk, do what you can.
4. Don’t multi-task if it doesn’t work for you. You might be tempted to do five things at once thinking that this is more efficient than just doing one thing, but the truth is that none of those five tasks you are trying to accomplish will get the appropriate attention that they deserve. They will be done sloppily or even need to be redone. Sure, some people can be equally productive while multi-tasking, but the rest of need to focus on one thing at a time and do it right.
5. Reward yourself for a job well done. Proper time management is a practicable skill, so reward yourself when you have good and productive day with little or no procrastination. Focusing is a habit we need to force ourselves to practice if we don’t already. So pat yourself on the back and have a treat if you do a good job.
Proper time management is good for all aspects of your life. You will get more done in anything you try to accomplish. This can further your career and improve your home life, so practice these five simple steps and get things done.