Time Management And Organisation

Overworked, stressed-out individuals are less productive and efficient than ones that have time to relax and focus on other things. When your workload grows beyond what you can handle, it can start to feel like you’re constantly busy but nothing gets done properly.

With so many commitments, there is never any clear time for anything. You could be spending hours every day just trying to find time to do something important, and giving up before you even begin.

This is bad if you want to succeed at work or in life. Your job may even use the term ‘professional development�’ or ‘continual education’ as part of their mission statement. So why not take care of business now?

If you don’t give yourself enough time to complete all your projects, people will eventually stop trusting you. You will lose confidence in yourself and this can have long-term effects on your self-esteem.

Settle your work and personal life

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A lot of people get involved in too many things after college, spending time with friends they’ve made there and getting into frequent conflict over money and resources.

If you want to keep yourself organized, spend time away from all that!

You should make it a rule to only have social encounters that are work- or study-related. This way, you will be more likely to stay focused on your commitments and avoid distractions.

Likewise, if you enjoy something like watching TV, then find ways to reduce the amount of time you spend doing it so that you can devote more time to other activities.

Alternatively, try investing in educational materials or tools to help you learn new skills. You could even start taking online courses to gain knowledge that can be accessed anywhere at any time.

Organise your workspace

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One of the biggest time wasters that most people have is not what they are doing, but how their work space or office area has become!

There you sit, surrounded by piles of papers and files and things you should be working on, but instead you just can’t seem to make progress because there’s too much around you.

You could try organizing all this mess into some sort of order, but then where would we put our coffee cup? And what about those flowers outside?

By having an overabundance of materials and resources at hand, you begin to feel like you don’t have enough time to get everything done. You start putting off starting new projects because you think you will never have time for them.

This cannot be a productive way to run your business or career. You need to learn how to manage your time, and one easy way to do so is to organize your workplace.

Clear out any unnecessary clutter

Do yourself a favour and clear out whatever doesn’t serve you anymore. Get rid of unneeded documents, books, and other materialistic junk that you no longer use.

Give these items away or sell them so you have more room to grow. It also gives you a chance to read through them again as well as letting go of your past self with regards to keeping up with them.

Create a schedule

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A good way to start organising your time is by creating a simple, weekly schedule. This can be done using any method you like – an app, notebook or even pen and paper will work just fine.

Weekly schedules are a great way to keep yourself organised as they give you guidance at a daily level. You will know what activities you have left and how much time each one takes so you better plan ahead!

You may also want to add in some extra time for things such as rest days, meetings or workouts. These can easily be cut down if needed so don’t forget about them!

By doing this every week, you’ll get into a rhythm and stay within it more easily. You can then move onto the next stage which is…

The hardest part: Stopping distractions

There’s a very important thing that you should consider before trying to organize your time efficiently. This is avoiding external distractions.

External distractions include things such as talking with friends, checking emails, surfing the net etc. All of these take away from productive time and make it harder to achieve your goals.

It’s hard to focus when you’re busy, so try to avoid being distracted as much as possible.

Avoid having lots of conversations as this could mean staying up late to finish projects or taking breaks less frequently because you have run out of time.

Be consistent

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Consistency is one of the most important things you can be in your life. It’s like water – it takes shape, other things get wetted out by it, but it doesn’t really do anything else except exist.

Consistently putting in the effort into whatever you are working on will win you its result. Plus, you’ll have no excuse if you don’t put in that effort because you made the effort earlier today!

Time management isn’t just about knowing how to use time effectively, it’s also about using all the time you have efficiently.

If you want to achieve something, you need to focus on it, and you need to keep going at it until it happens. A lot of people start an exercise program, then stop when they reach their first goal; someone who wants to read a book may give up after reading only a few pages.

By giving up before you've invested enough time in what you wanted to accomplish, you take away your own chance to succeed. The same goes for work and career goals — you'll spend half your life trying to make them happen and the other half avoiding them because you didn't set aside the time needed to reach them.

Divide your work into small pieces

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A second way to manage your time is by dividing your workload up among yourself or others. This can be done in several ways, such as having separate jobs that you share responsibility for, doing one task at a time, or sharing responsibilities with someone else.

Make it a priority

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A few years back, I read an article about how to be more productive. One of the tips was to make time in your day for important tasks by establishing them as priorities.

Priority means something that has higher importance than other things you should do. For example, organizing and planning is a major priority for me.

I organize my room and house out of necessity because I’m a very organized person. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have anywhere to put all of my stuff! My parents always told me I had too much junk so maybe there’s some truth to that. 😉

By giving myself extra time to start my day with my organization plan, I feel more rested and able to take care of others later. Plus, I have fun doing it!

It takes a little bit of work at first but once you get the hang of it, you will see yourself re-doing certain things to make sure they don’t go away.

Take breaks

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A close second to making time for things is giving yourself break times. This can be for anything, from having a short lunch break or a longer coffee break, to taking an afternoon off work.

Breaking up your day into small chunks makes it much easier to say yes to other commitments because you’ve given yourself permission to not stay in the office until midnight every night.

By being able to leave the workplace each day, you give yourself more freedom than if you were always there under constant pressure.

If you don’t have any commitments during the week then you can keep working straight through the weekend without anyone else asking you about your plans. If you need to get some work done that you’ve been putting off then do so, but only after you've made sure you're leaving enough time to properly relax before getting back into the swing of things.

Multitask is the devil

We seem to have a constant urge to add new tasks to our lists, which can sometimes be fun, but also leads to stress and confusion. This chronic addition of new things to do makes it difficult to focus and settle on one task before moving onto the next.

When we try to do too much across several areas, we often feel overwhelmed and unable to concentrate. It becomes hard to identify what needs doing and how. In fact, in some cases, we may even forget what we started off planning!

This is why having effective time management strategies is so important. By establishing routines for completing your work, you will spend more time focused on each project and less time trying to get everything done.

Routines help us to achieve consistency in how we manage our time. They give us structure and keep us from getting distracted by other activities. At the same time, they let us leave something behind and move onto the next thing without overly stressing out.

Here are some tips on how to organize and control your time using time management.

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