Monday, September 29, 2014

How to Manage Your Time

Pareto's Principle says that 80 percent of your accomplishments are the result of only 20 percent of your efforts. This explains how important time is in our lives. If you know how to master and control time, you can work less and achieve more.

Personal time management skills can help you get ahead in life. By knowing what to prioritize, you can function well regardless of the pressures you’re facing. To help you do more with your time, here are some practical tips to consider:
Photo grab from Google

Photo grab from Google

Plan ahead. Know what you want to accomplish and make sure you do it. Learn how to quickly switch between tasks without wasting valuable time. If you know what to do, you can certainly accomplish more.

Create a reasonable routine and stick to it. You don’t have to work like a horse to get things done if time is on your side. Minimize your workload and stress by following a routine. This will tell you what to do next. Learn to adjust your own behavior and performance to your daily routine to get things done quickly.

Take longer breaks. That’s right! You can have longer breaks if you work for long periods of time and perfect your routine. Rewarding yourself this way minimizes the time needed to refocus following a short break.

Avoid interruptions. Don’t entertain unexpected guests, gossip or take calls while working. These waste time and you won’t accomplish much. Remember that it’s difficult to get back to work after being interrupted. So stay focused and keep your eye on your schedule.

Don’t spend the whole day reading. Research takes time and can eat up your schedule. While reading is essential, learn to balance your time so you can do other things.