Top Tips For Time Management

Time Management

We’re all busy, rushing from place to place and jostling with too many tasks. The battle against time impacts for those at work; having to deal with everyday tasks; caring for others and so on.  Is there anything that can be done to manage time better?

Yes, according to Saint Leo University psychologists. They have come up with a list of time-management efficiency techniques. Time management can be defined as the act of planning and exercising control over the amount of time spent on specific activities. This is often to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity.

The Latest News has reviewed these and selected the top 5 time management tricks for you to try.

Organize your space – Clutter can be a distraction to productivity. It also can be a time-waster if someone has to sort through multiple piles of papers to find documentation or work schedules. It is important to organize your space so you have easy access to everything you need to work.

Visualize your goals – It can be easy to get overwhelmed when your to-do list is long or a project is extra challenging. Keep the bigger picture in mind. Put an image that represents your goal—a family photo or a happy photo of your lab employees, for example—near your workspace. Visualizing your goal will help you stay focused.

Be realistic – If you’re striving for perfection, you may be wasting your time. Each task should have a clear end or reasonable level of satisfaction.

Create lists – When you first create a to-do list for the day or the week, it could seem overwhelming; but when you start crossing completed items off the list, it’s a confidence booster. Put both personal and business items on the same list.

Just say, “no” – This can be one of the most difficult time management strategies, because we all want to be involved and help others. But if you say yes to things that aren’t relevant to your long-term goals, you might be zapping time better spent with family or working. It’s important to distinguish between what you can and can’t do right now as you work toward your goal.

Further time management tips can be found via the university website.

About the author

Tim Sandle

Dr. Tim Sandle is a chartered biologist and holds a first class honours degree in Applied Biology; a Masters degree in education; and has a doctorate from Keele University.

  • Samantha Stauf

    I’m a huge advocate of lists and checking off accomplishments as motivation. I also tend to motivate myself by putting harder tasks earlier in the morning and rewarding myself with easier tasks later in the day.