Time is everyone’s most valuable commodity. Yet, although we all have the same 24 hours in a day, why do some people seem to get so much more accomplished? The reason is simple—they’ve learned how to manage their time more effectively.
The good news is it’s easier to do than you might think. Here are a few tips to get you headed in the right direction from your friends at Dale Carnegie Training of Central Ohio:
Organize Your Day — Organizing your day in advance hour by hour, and minute by minute, can be one of the most powerful, personal productivity tools of all. An effective time plan will enable you to see where you can consolidate and create blocks of time for uninterrupted work.
Eliminate Distractions — When you sit down to a task, turn off the telephone, eliminate all distractions and work non-stop. Consider getting up a couple hours earlier and working from home. You can generally get three times as much work done at home without interruptions as you ever could in a busy office.
Take Advantage of Travel Time — When you’re in transit for long periods of time, say, on an airplane or riding a train, you can get a lot accomplished if you plan your work thoroughly before you depart. You will be amazed at how much work you can go through when you work steadily in an airplane or on a train, without interruptions.
Don’t Discount Small Blocks of Time — Increase performance and productivity by making every minute count. Even if your time is limited, use travel and transition time to complete small chunks of larger tasks. Remember, a great life and a great career is built one task, and often, one part of a task, at a time. Your job in time management is to deliberately and creatively organize the concentrated time periods you need to get your key jobs done well, and on schedule.
Think of different ways today that you can save, schedule and consolidate large chunks of time. Use this time to work on important tasks with the most significant long-term consequences. Attempt to work steadily and continuously without interruption or distraction by planning and preparing your work in advance. Most of all, keep focused on the most important results you’re looking to achieve.
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