Hands up if you manage your time … wisely. There is a tried and true cliche that states if you want to get a job done, give it to a busy person. I agree, because that is the type of person who knows how to manage their time wisely.
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Some people have neat and tidy desks, some people have paper strewn everywhere – it doesn’t matter what type of desk you keep. What matters is whether you have an agenda in your notebook, phone, computer or your head. Those of us who appear to live in a world of chaos only appear to be that way. My desk is untidy, but I keep a running tally of what the important tasks of the day are. Yes, I screw up periodically, but on the whole I get plenty done – and still have time to read – and voraciously read, at that Plus, I get time to feed my addiction – Words With Friends.
Here are some ways to help you manage your time.
- Make Lists – I religiously make lists, then promptly lose them. If I list stuff on my phone, I forget to check it, but the very act of writing down what I’m thinking about helps to solidify it in my head.
- Tackle the easiest or toughest tasks first – your choice. Sometimes, it’s better to attack a few easy jobs and feel you have accomplished something. It will give you the impetus to get to the hard tasks.
- Think before you say ‘yes’ – if you can come up with a few scenarios before you need them, you are a lucky person. It will help you to get out of commitments you don’t want to – well, commit to. The trick really is to think about them beforehand so you are not caught off guard.
- Be a morning person. Do the dirty work when you are fresh, so you still have time to do the stuff you want to do.
- Take a break. If you have a dog you are a lucky person. Take advantage of your furry friend’s need to get outdoors. Even a walk around the block or tossing the ball to Fido will get your circulation moving and help you to think more clearly.
How do you manage your time?