How To Learn Time Management
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Learning how to time manage is a great way to get yourself out of the stress-riddled situation you can find yourself in when you have too much going on.
Time management isn’t something that happens overnight, it takes work and effort to learn the fundamentals. But once you do, you will be able to enjoy your personal and professional life more than you do now!
Here are some tips for learning how to time manage and keep up with all of your commitments. Keep them in mind and start practicing them – you’ll see results quickly.
Disclaimer: This article may contain errors because I was writing this at night and during my morning workout session. If anything seems like an exaggeration or statement that doesn’t make sense, please refer back to the original source material. I tried to include enough sources and link to credible websites where possible, but there may still be mistakes we as readers discover.
Do not try to do it all at once
One of the biggest reasons people get overwhelmed by time management is because they try to tackle everything at one time.
Thinking that you have to work early in the morning, then go to your job, make lunch, run errands, pick up kids, etc., can feel like an impossible task.
You may also be tempted to keep working late nights or weekends to meet your deadlines.
This can backfire and hurt your productivity and efficiency next week when you are trying to fit in rest hours.
By breaking down your tasks into separate chunks, it becomes much easier to manage them. In fact, some experts suggest doing only one thing per hour to ensure effective time management.
Make a to-do list
One of the most basic ways to learn time management is by making a to-do list. This can be done in several different ways, depending on what level you are learning time management at.
You could make an all-encompassing “To do today” list or create a separate task list for each area of your life such as work, family, hobbies, etc.
By breaking down your daily tasks into specific areas, it becomes much easier to organize and manage your time efficiently.
This also helps eliminate any distractions that may arise because there is less space for them to exist in one place only!
The hardest part about creating and sticking to a to-do list is getting started.
One of the biggest reasons why people get overwhelmed by their time management is because they’re not being consistently organized with how they spend their time.
If you want to learn how to manage your time, then start by learning how to do one thing well – I mean really well!
You must understand what parts of your life require consistency for success before moving onto the next stage. This could be business relationships, work, family, etc.
Once you have mastered this part, then move onto the second step which is managing your time within these areas. For example, if you know how to take good care of yourself in terms of getting sleep, eating right, and exercising regularly, then you should invest in some decent quality headphones and use them for listening to music or audiobooks while you are working or studying.
This will help reduce stress and keep you focused as you listen to something that you enjoy. If you find that you are struggling to concentrate due to external distractions such as noise, then consider investing in earbuds instead of headphones so that you can still hear important sounds but also silence out at times.
By having both types of silence, you will give your mind more space to relax and think about other things. Also, try using natural light when possible. Lighting has an incredible effect on our moods and it changes according to the season, so make sure to account for that when designing spaces and environments where you spend most of your time.
A lot of people begin learning time management with a goal of keeping their schedule more organized, or getting some extra sleep, or making sure they does not overbooked themselves. These are all good goals, but they are not enough!
If you want to learn time management, then you have to set an objective beyond “I will organize my life” or “I will get more sleep”.
You need to ask yourself what you want your life to look like. Are you planning on having children one day? Then you should be preparing for that by investing in birth control, understanding how pregnancy works, and developing strategies to manage your child’s schedules.
Are you already parent and looking forward to spending more quality time with your kids as they grow up? Investing in education can help give you a career break, so that you can continue working while still being involved in your kid’s lives.
Or maybe you just want to enjoy your own personal growth and development, and learning new things is part of who you are. Start using your free time to do those things!
All of these things require self-awareness and resources, which are both important components in learning time management. You have to know where your money comes from and where it goes, for example, and you must understand how to improve your health.
Self-knowledge is a crucial piece of any successful lifestyle change.
Make time for recreation
Between work, family, and other commitments, it can be hard to find time to do things that you like to do.
If you want to learn how to manage your time more effectively, then you have to make room in your schedule for activities that matter to you.
It’s important to maintain relationships that are significant to you, to take some time out every day to enjoy something you love doing.
You need to give yourself breaks from work and keep track of what is (and isn’t) moving forward in your agenda.
But don’t just tell yourself that you will do these things “later,” —make time for them today!
Take a few minutes each week to do something you wanted to do but didn’t because you were too busy. Take a walk, read the paper, go to a movie you’ve been wanting to see for ages. Do anything that makes you happy and takes your mind off of work.
Not only will this help you relax, it will also boost your mood and motivation. You’ll feel happier and more focused at home and at work.
After working on a task for a little while, you need to take a break. You can physically walk away from your desk, go into another area of the office or even leave the building!
Breaking up work allows your mind to relax and consider other things. This helps you re-focus on what you were doing before and makes it more likely that you will return and pick up where you left off.
Good time managers know how to prioritize and manage their workloads. They understand that if they try to do too much, it will only end in disaster.
They also recognize that by taking regular breaks, they are giving themselves some extra time to prepare for the next project.
Time is an ever-changing resource, so we must be aware of how to use it effectively.
One of the biggest time wasters are things that you need to do but don’t, because you put off doing them for later.
Many people start their day with what they call “the bucket list” – making plans to do things they have been wanting to do for years.
But they never seem to find the time to actually do these things.
I know — I used to spend hours every week planning my life, trying to figure out how to make the most of it. And then I would set a goal to do something new, and I would quickly get distracted by another task needing my attention!
As I mentioned before, one of the main reasons why we feel like we don’t have enough time is due to our perception of how much time there is in a given period.
We often underestimate how much time there really is in a day, in a week, or even a month. This can make us feel very pressed for time when there isn’t really anything we could possibly be doing next.
The solution? Start automating some of your daily routines. By creating little reminders and assignments for yourself, you will eventually reach a point where you only need a few minutes each morning or night to take care of everything.
This way, you won’t have to waste any time deciding if you should do those things now or not. You will simply do them, automatically.
Make plans but be flexible
In the past, people thought that having more things going on meant you were a busy person.
Now we know that being too busy is a bad thing! Creating extra time can feel like a struggle, which is why it is so important to have some strategies for learning how to manage your time.
Here are all of the ways that I have learned to organize my time and make the most out of what I have. Hopefully one or two will work for you as well!
Start with something simple – this may mean doing nothing at all today. You don’t need to do anything majorly productive with these hours- just focus on using up the time effectively.
Next, create an easy task list (like items in Evernote) based on activities that you want to do. Then, use a tool such as Google Calendar to keep track of when each activity should happen and any delays.
This way, you won’t forget about an appointment because you forgot about it in your other tasks earlier.