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10 Tips For Improved Time Management

By Sharon Housley

Managing time is a major struggle for many of us. Lack of productivity and procrastination are usually the result of poor time management. Make the most of your time by taking advantage of these helpful tips...

1. Make Lists

Lists help keep you focused and on task. Create a list of tasks in advance for the upcoming day. When you find yourself distracted or unsure of what to do next, refer to the list, which will help put yourself back on track. When you complete a task, cross that item off the list -- this will give you a sense of accomplishment, and will also help motivate you to tackle the next item on the list.

2. Keep It Clean

A clean workspace will lead to increased productivity. Keep your workspace organized and uncluttered, so that it will not hinder your ability to accomplish things.

3. Limit Communications Checking

There are so many communication channels in our workplace that they can often be more of a hindrance than a help. Limit the time you spend checking emails, voicemails, and discussion groups, and restrict those sessions to a few specific times during the workday. If you constantly monitor your communication channels, you will discover that it can quickly consume huge portions of your day.

4. Multi-tasking

Learning how to multi-task can result in an increase in productivity. If you can master the art of multi-tasking, you may discover that you can get significantly more work done. If you are doing a menial task that requires little thought or effort, consider what else you can manage to do at the same time.

5. Incentive

Everyone needs a reward now and then. Consider various ways to reward yourself for hard work and getting things accomplished.

6. Use Your Time Wisely

If you commute, or have times in your schedule when you just spend time waiting for something, use that time productively by bringing your work with you, listening to podcasts that relate to your business, or just getting caught up on your business reading. Using your time wisely will often result in turning unproductive time into productive time.

7. Processes

Many people place little value on the actual processes and the steps we go through to accomplish a specific task. Refining the process and making the system more efficient will often increase productivity.

8. Scale What Works

Scalability is a buzzword in tech circles, but consider the items in your life that are already efficient and effective. Then consider how they might be applied to other parts of your day.

9. Use Tools

Technology has produced a wonderful array of tools that can automate tedious processes. You can often utilize tools that will assist you in getting more accomplished.

10. Evaluate And Reflect

Take a few moments each day to reflect on what worked and what did not. This can often be motivational, and will give you insight into what processes in your day need attention or improvement.


About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for RecordForAll audio recording and editing software.


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