Whether you’re an early bird or work well under pressure, time management skills are an inescapable part of well… adulting. By managing your time effectively, be it in your professional or even personal life, you can help achieve your goals and reduce work-related anxiety. In fact, according to Very Well, people who are good at time management “perform well and have an improved sense of well-being.”

 

LIKE A FINANCIAL BUDGET, KNOW WHERE YOUR TIME GOES

Much like managing your money through a budget, you want to start by understanding how you spend your time before you can plan how to best use it. Forbes recommends you create a time audit and use time tracking apps like RescueTime.

TIME TO SET THE LIMIT ON TASKS

A financial budget helps you set a limit on how much you can spend on certain needs and wants, and because time – like money – is not endless, setting a time limit on tasks you need to accomplish will help you effectively manage the time you have.

PLAN FOR THE FUTURE

In the same way you would put a savings plan in place to afford your year-end holiday or invest in an upskilling course, creating your to-do list at the top of each day, week, month or even year can help you set goals, plan how to best use your time to achieve them and hold yourself accountable.

WALK THE TALK

Saying “no” more often and managing the expectations of those around you go a long way in sticking to a budget. The same is true with time management to help manage what’s on your plate and avoid overcommitting yourself. In the work environment, this is an important factor to completing tasks within deadlines, or completing projects without incurring additional costs.

 

 

PRORITISE WHAT’S IMPORTANT

With only 24 hours in day, there’s only so much you can do. Similar to how you may have to prioritise items on your shopping wishlist, learn to prioritise what’s important and time sensitive. This will help give you much needed perspective and reduce stress and anxiety.

MAKE TIME TO REST

While we may plan or work schedules, tasks for the home or juggling the kids’ extramural activities, we often forget to set time aside to do, well, nothing. In order to perform to the best of your abilities, you need to be energised and focused, which you can achieve through some much-needed rest and relaxation. When at work, you can apply the Pomodoro technique which recommends shorter but highly focused 25 minute work sessions followed by a 5-minute break.

SET YOURSELF UP FOR A LIFETIME OF ACHIEVEMENTS

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