Time management is necessary for your professional life and any other activity. The following useful tips will help you have more control over your time.

1. Keep records.

One of the most common mistakes of time management is trying to use your memory to keep too many details in your mind. It leads to information overload and confusion in your brain. By keeping records, you take control of your projects and tasks, and you become more organized as a result.

2. List of priorities.

Setting priorities and making a priority list helps you focus on the most important things. Evaluate your goals and make a list of priorities, starting with the most important tasks and ending with less important ones. Thus, you’ll spend most of your time on what is really important for you.

3. Week planning.

At the end or at the beginning of each week, devote some time to planning your tasks for the next seven days. Time spent on planning will pay off twice, leading to an increase in your productivity and a balance between your long-term projects and urgent tasks. Week planning will take only about half an hour.

4. Learn to say no.

Many people are overloaded with too much work because of their habit of saying “yes” when they should say “no”. Learn to say “no” if another person’s request has a very low priority. So you will free your time for something more important.

5. Think before you act.

Before making a decision, think about its consequences and importance. Don’t rush to act. Giving a little thought to the things you want to do will allow you to release most of your time for the most important tasks.

6. Constantly improve yourself.

Devote some time in your weekly plan to the improvement of your knowledge, skills, and capacities. For example, you can attend a seminar, read a book, or watch a training video.

A constant improvement of your skills will enhance your competitiveness, increasing your chances of getting a promotion. In addition, it’s the surest path to financial independence.

7. Be mindful of what you are doing.

Regular analysis of how you spend your time can bring tangible benefits. For example, you may find that your current actions are non-essential for your goals, so you can spend your time on something more significant.

8. Identify bad habits.

Identify those bad habits that rob you of your time. Make a list of these habits and begin to systematically quit them. The best way to break a bad habit is to replace it with a positive one.

9. Keep a journal of goals.

Include a brief evaluation of your goals in your plan. Keep a journal and write down your progress in each of your goals. Review your notes every week. Thus, you will be sure if you are moving in the right direction.

10. Try to overcome perfectionism.

Some of your tasks shouldn’t be done perfectly. Learn to distinguish tasks that deserve to be done excellently from those that just need to be done.

Use these time management tips to make sure that you don’t waste this valuable resource on meaningless things.

Anna LeMind, B.A.

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