Practice makes perfect. That’s true about most things. And so if you work on your time management daily, you will naturally become better at efficiently handling the 24 hours we all have in our day.
There’s no big secret to gaining expertise and growing better. Just repeat and practice. Doing things over and over makes it automatic. It’s called developing a ‘habit’.
This applies to physical, emotional and even thought processes. You’ll manage your time better by developing positive habits – and breaking negative ones. An example will help understand this better.
Let’s say you’re addicted to a particular time-wasting kind of behavior, like checking your email every 30 minutes. Even if it takes you only 3 minutes each time, in an 8-hour work-day, you’ll spend 48 minutes doing this.
Instead, if you decide that you will check email only during 2 sessions every day and each takes 15 minutes, you’ll actually save 18 minutes – and surprisingly, discover you’re being more effective at handling your email, as well as other work that you’re currently interrupting in order to check email! That’s how you’ll benefit by practicing time management daily.
Or take another instance.
What if you never exercise, and find yourself running out of steam towards the end of the day. By ‘investing’ 15 minutes in the morning to a light exercise routine, you’ll give yourself enough extra energy that you’ll gain an hour or two of productive work daily.
Starting out to try and develop new good habits takes a bit of discipline and self-control, especially when you’ve decided to work on time management daily. But once the habit gets established, you’ll keep doing it with no conscious effort at all – automatically. That’s the big pay-off, and what makes it all worth doing.
You’ll need a few more things in order to efficiently practice time management daily.
Get a countdown timer. Egg timers work great for this purpose, and are inexpensive. You can set the amount of time you can allocate to each task, and start the timer. Once the clock is ticking, get busy.
Don’t stop until you’re finished, or the buzzer sounds indicating the time assigned is over. As you practice time management daily, you can even make this a game. Set yourself ever tighter deadlines, and then try to beat the clock. Record your progress, and document your fastest times.
Some people who practice time management daily suggest that you work in standard time blocks. But that’s boring and restrictive. Instead, why not play around with different durations – like 5 minutes for one task, 15 for another, and so on. This keeps things more fun and interesting, while still helping improve your productivity and efficiency.
There are many other ideas and strategies to incorporate into your routines as you learn time management daily. You’ll hear about winning time management strategies, goal setting secrets and efficiency enhancing tips when you explore the rest of this site and sign up for the “Time Taozine” using the form below.