Doing what you have to do seems to be routine and boring, yet no matter how long you have been doing what you do, managing the time is not necessarily performed well. What should be done to manage time better for self improvement? Here are some time management points that can be done.
First of all, plan ahead the necessary actions to accomplish your goals. This also includes anticipation of any potential obstacles that may come up. While goals are rather broad to define and they refer to something further, actions are specific and executable.
Therefore, it is important to breakdown the necessary actions into specific steps of actions. Having planned the specific actions, you will become accustomed to your activities in the action frame that you have created. That is why planning ahead commonly becomes the first step in time management.
Second, draw a clear line between important and urgent tasks. The question is which one helps you to achieve your goal? The answer is of course the important tasks. Performing important tasks leads you to make progress and eventually approaching the goals.
After all, the tasks are important because they are related to your goals. On the other hand, the urgent tasks need to be completed regardless the importance. Since the urgent tasks are often not important, they are not urgent anymore. By prioritizing the urgent matters, the important journey to the goals is neglected, so the time management encourages you to do the important thing first.
Third, set a scheduled task time. If you are a multi-tasking person, you can schedule some tasks to start and finish in your pre-set time simultaneously. This will prevent you from having to do urgent yet unimportant things. Looking back to the time before you have the time management system, you are perhaps going to be surprised at how overlapping your schedules might be. Having the schedule set, you will gradually follow the time frame and you will be able to finish more important tasks in a day.
Fourth, pay respect to your priorities. Always focus on the important things helps return you to the right track of time management. It is very easy for anyone who performs multi-tasks to stray from the important things only. If you pay respect to the priorities that you have set, you will have no difficulties to refocus your attention to the most essential things to accomplish your goals.
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