How To Improve Your Time Management
Actually, as someone who runs two businesses, has two young kids, and never seems to have enough time, I pay a lot of attention to time management. At a very practical, day-to-day level, when teaching others how to improve your time management. I always emphasize 4 key things. They are . . .
1)Your attitude towards time – Want to be better at managing your time? Then be a person who hates wasting time. Me? I really, really dislike wasting time. Because of this, I have a strong sense of purpose and urgency in everything I do. And I’m always looking for ways to save time. One of the biggest things that wastes your time? Getting requirements wrong and having to do things over again.
2) Simple saves time. Complex takes time – I’m also someone who’s always trying to find ways to work smart, and do things in the simplest way possible. Identifying best practices is a big part of working smart and doing things simply. Because by definition, best practices are the most effective, efficient way to do something. By identifying and developing good habits that follow them, you’ll do things more efficiently and save yourself time.
3)Decision-making – Making good decisions is also a big part of good time management. In particular, you want to determine what's worth and not worth your time to do in the first place. Then, for the things worth doing, you want to determine and prioritize when to do them. So one of the biggest ways to create more time for yourself is to avoid doing things that don’t end up helping you achieve the results and objectives you seek.
4)Simple planning – I tell our staff, take five minutes upfront to think about what you need to do and how to do it to save yourself much more time later on. Many people waste a lot of time because they’re too eager to start doing things before they have a clear idea about how they should do it. They rush into things, then realize later that they’re not doing them in a good way. Simple planning upfront helps you avoid this.
By improving your attitude towards time, efficiency, decision-making, and planning, you’ll significantly improve your time management! And who knows? Maybe you’ll have more time to do other things that will benefit your career, leave work earlier, and spend more time on what matters to you beyond your career.