A Guide to Time Management

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In any career or walk of life, if you want to be successful, effective time management is vitally important. The following article explains all about time management and the ways in which you can manage your time more effectively.

What is Time Management?

Time management can be referred to simply as the process of organising and prioritising one's work tasks in order of importance and relevance. This will enable you to make the most of your time, in order to be as productive and efficient as possible.

Get Organised

If you want to implement a successful time management strategy, the first step is to get yourself organised. To begin, make sure that your desk and work area is neat and tidy, clear away any unnecessary clutter and organise all of your papers and documents into a filing system. This will help you to save time as everything you need will be easily accessibly without having to search for items. By effectively ordering your paperwork and emails, you will also be able to see the order and priority in which your work needs to be carried out.

Scheduling and Technology

Creating a properly prioritised schedule is one of the most important aspects of successfully managing your time.  Begin by purchasing a diary and write down your daily schedule.  Update this frequently and do your best to adhere to the schedule.  If you need to deviate from this, be sure to ask yourself if the change benefits your priorities and time management goals.  You may need to dedicate time to certain tasks, or to catch up with phone calls or emails.  If you don't want to be distracted, then you'll need to let people know that you won't be taking calls, or available via email for a short while.

In addition to a diary, there are plenty of new technology and devices that can help with effective time management. One such device is a BlackBerry, which not only allows you to effectively schedule events, but also access email and work documents whilst on the move. What this means is, you can make the most of your time whilst commuting or away from your desk.

Avoid Procrastination

As the old adage states, 'procrastination is the thief of time.' Remaining focussed on your work tasks and avoiding all un-necessary distractions is one of the key facets of a successfully managing your time. Remove all of the items and issues that are likely to distract your attention.

Don't focus on the negatives

Negativity and imagining the worst case scenario are 2 of the biggest threats to your time. Instead of thinking about what might happen, feel the fear and press on with your work tasks. By remaining positive, even if the unthinkable should happen, at least you will have enough time to deal with the consequences.

Those who are successful in time management tackle tasks head on and develop a positive, can-do attitude towards their work.

Why not see if you can improve your time management and become more effective today? 

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This article was published on 2010/04/01