The main objective of time management is to have a clear picture of our upcoming days, weeks, and months. This is a way to discover how much time we have available to devote to our business and career, study, recreation, or other activities. We all like to use lack of time as an excuse when we don’t get something done. In reality though, if we recorded every activity for an entire week that we do, from the moment we wake up until we fall asleep, we would surprise ourselves how much time we actually are wasting on things that are not getting us closer to our goals. Eliminating these time monsters will help us get a better control of our precious life. The next thing we need to do is prioritise. We don’t want to be overwhelmed and burn out quickly by all the goals we have in mind. Effective planning will increase our chances of success. After establishing our priorities, we need to start scheduling our activities. I use a daily personal organiser for that purpose that helps me not only achieve my goals, but stay on top of all my projects and planning, and have a perfect overview. When we plan our day, we need to be logical. For example, after lunch when I feel sleepy, I never force myself to do something challenging. I normally use this time for making phone calls and writing emails.
The other important rule that I bear in mind is that there might be unforeseen things that could distract my day, so I always make sure that I leave at least 20% of my time open for those events. This way, when that happens, I prevent myself from feeling guilty for falling behind my plans.
After following your daily schedule and completing everything on your to-do list for the day, make sure you find a way to reward yourself.
Rewarding ourselves is a fun and easy way to keep ourselves motivated. Rewards can turn our goals into habits, help us maintain a positive attitude, encourage us to stay on the right track, and finally they allow us to feel good about ourselves by giving us a way to celebrate our success.