Time management: Tips and tricks
Time management is the the conscious effort of planning and taking control of your time expenditure in a given timeframe (24 hours, weeks, years, etc). Most people struggle to allocate time for various obligations (work, social life, family, hobbies, fun/relaxation). Depending on how well a person can balance time between those obligations, he/she can come out feeling accomplished and in control or overwhelmed with unmet deadlines, frustrated and even feeling inadequate.
Here is a short list of tips for taking control of your time (remember, time is money!)
1- Write down the things you want to accomplish (start with a 24 hrs time block)
2- Pick one thing that you must complete before the time block is over
3- Schedule breaks/relaxation time
4- Find someone to help you keep accountable for your goals (accountability partner)
5- If you have large project to accomplish, break them into smaller phases
6- Celebrate accomplishments
7- Learn to say no to commitments out of your reach
8- Ask for help
9- Plan for last life (minute changes, uncertainty, etc.)
10- Reach for perfection but be ok with best effort results
11- Spend time planning but spend even more time execute that plan
Picture of the skyline of San Diego after a full day of productivity and fun.