Tips for proper time management

Time management is a problem for many people. There can be a number of reasons for that, including procrastination or lack of scheduling abilities. However, the situation is far from catastrophic. Our article will help anyone wisely manage their time.

Take control of the situation

One of the main secrets of proper time management is controlling the situation. Want to stay in charge? Make a list of your goals and keep it with you all the time. Rank all of your ambitions from highest to lowest. What's more important to you: getting a promotion or decorating your room with new wallpaper?

Days have to be arranged in the same fashion. The day you make an important business call should have a higher priority, than the date on which you want to clean your apartment. Many people can’t cope with this. They find the little things more important in their life. As a result, these things take up the majority of their precious time.

Don’t confuse looking busy with having results

Many people have become experts at making it look like they spend a lot of time doing something, while in fact, they accomplish little to nothing every day. Evaluate the time spent on various tasks and how many of them you actually manage to finish. For example, if it takes you a couple of hours to finish some small tasks - work on your procrastination.

Learn to say no

Some people have a habit of being highly agreeable when it comes to offers and requests. They eagerly go to another part of town for a work assignment or willingly stand in line for hours on behalf of a relative. There is no better way of getting yourself into a lot of broken promises. Before agreeing to anything, think if you have the time for it. 

It's probably not a good idea to help a new colleague with their schedule when you have a monthly financial report to finish. Learn to value your time, skills and limits. Don’t rush to a social event even if it sounds interesting. Evaluate its importance and what impact it will have on your goals.

Enjoy the little things

It's very important to recognize your accomplishments. You should be glad even if you have finished all of your small assignments for the day. They are as important as the big ones. Remember, that success lies in constant movement towards the big goal one tiny victory at a time.