Have you ever run out of day before you’ve achieved all you intended to? That tick-tock feeling of time draining away? Have you noticed that some people never seem to and, what’s more, they make it look effortless? How do they manage their “to-do” lists without stress and still have time left over for leisure? Well, here are some clues:
Top Ten Time Wasters:
- Losing or misplacing things
- Technology – turned on all the time
- Unproductive or unnecessary meetings
- Unnecessary levels of perfectionism
- Dodgy delegation
Top ten time management tools
- A well-organised work space
- Effective filing (electronic or otherwise)
- Confidence in acting decisively
- Delegating effectively
- Using Covey’s time matrix* (spend most of your time in Q2 high importance / low urgency)
- Checking emails only at specific times of the day
- Using technology effectively
- Scheduling everything
- Carrying your schedule and contact list with you all the time
- Looking after yourself i.e. enough sleep*, adequate exercise, healthy diet etc.
There are plenty of books, TED talks etc. which help you to use your time more efficiently and enjoyably. One of my favourite TED talks – and I am not alone – is Arianna Huffington – how to succeed get more sleep
*The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Well worth a re-read and a must for all libraries – personal and business. It includes the time matrix mentioned above.
If you would like to learn a bit more about time management and some practical tools for getting more out of your life in 2016, make a start by joining one of our half-day workshops.
The Author: Rachel Ward Lilley is a business & educational psychologist. After working for many years in and advising SMEs her current work relates to issues of communication, personal.