3 Time Management Tips

Benjamin Franklin once said, "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."

Some days we have a heavier load than other days, by which there are may things that need to be accomplished; some all at once. Now is the time to hone in on exactly what needs to be done first and sharpen your time management skills in the process, you can do so by following these three steps.

Leaving Nothing to Chance

1. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Did you know that a strong majority of individuals who are successful share one common theme? Those who enjoy large amounts of success begin their day early, because this allots time for them to meditate and map out their day, even.

Just think about it, when you opt to wake up a little earlier, you undoubtedly are more calm, collected and focused. Why is this helpful? As the day progresses, your energy levels start to wane, which in turn can affect your level of performance on any given task.

2. If you have the tendency to become inundated with work, as many of us do, perhaps you can benefit from prioritizing your workload. It’s quite simple: Before the start of your day, make a list of duties that need your immediate attention and tend to them accordingly. Keep in mind that some undertakings are less relevant at the moment and can be carried over to the following day. The goal simply is to prioritize your chores, to focus on those that are most important.

3. This next tip goes hand-in-hand with prioritizing, set up deadlines to accomplish your tasks at hand. When a project is left undone, set a realistic deadline to complete your chore and try not to deviate from this schedule. A good rule of thumb is to set a deadline a couple of days before your task is due, so you can anticipate any changes that may take place and complete all additional tasks that get in the way. What’s in it for you is the fact that you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you accomplished something on your ”To Do” list and can pat yourself on the back for a job well-done.

Any Number of Plans

We can never be too sure of what we will be charged with accomplishing on any given day. Though our plans may change from day-to-day, one thing is for certain, we can get in the habit of practicing good time management skills; skills that can be helpful in every facet of our lives.

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-Kimberly Williams

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