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5 Sure-fire Tips To Manage Your Time Better, In 7 Days Or Less!

Oct 13, 2007
Time management is one of the skills that most people could improve on, though it is actually quite a simple task once a person knows certain techniques that can help them use this precious possession, wisely. In spite of what we often profess, we cannot actually "save" time; time progresses continually, the only difference one can make is in either using it or wasting it.

Wasted time is gone forever and it important that we come to terms with our mortality and realize that our time here is limited. Given this realization, it is likely that one would want to better organize their available time, here are some techniques that will help you do the same.

1. Assess how you spend your time :
The first step in managing time better would be to analyze how you spend your time presently. To do this, divide your day into fifteen-minute segments, and record what you do every fifteen minutes. Review this time diary later and total the time spent on each activity throughout the day.

For instance, you might find that you spent three hours watching television, one hour exercising, one hour studying and two hours shopping. Next, evaluate your usage of time, you might decide you spent too much time watching TV and too little time studying and so on. Based upon this evaluation, decide on an alteration, but make it specific. A good way to make this change is to draw up a contract with yourself that includes a reward on being successful.

2. Set Goals :
The most important thing you can do to manage time well is to set goals for varying time periods: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and long-range. If you don't have a clear sense of where you are headed just yet, it is not possible to plan how to get there. The use of your time should be organized in order to maximize the chances of achieving your goals.

3. Learn to prioritize :
Once you have defined your goals, you need to prioritize them and your activities. Not all of your goals will be equally important. Focus on activities that will lead to the achievement of your highest goals and on the other activities next.

4. Keep a schedule :
Once you've prioritized your activities, you can then schedule them into you day. Scheduling daily activities such as visiting library, shopping for groceries along with some time for relaxation and recreation will make sure each day passes by as a productive one.

5. Maximize your rewards :
Some time management experts say that we get 80% of our rewards for only 20% of our activities and the other 20% of our rewards on 80% of the time we spend. What this tells us is that we need to make sure we identify and engage ourselves in the 20% of the activities that give us the maximum rewards before we move to the other activities.

Time, though fleeting, is something that can be managed easily with the usage of the techniques mentioned above. The best way to handle it is to know early on what we want from life and what direction we'd like to head, in order for us to more effectively map a life plan and fully benefit from time management. Remember, every second is precious, so you need to speed up. It's for your own sake, anyway.
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