Time management. It’s one of those essential skills you’ll use in school, in the workforce, and beyond. Although it’s something we have to do every day, we aren’t always successful, and it’s definitely not always easy! Next time you’re feeling stressed about your to-do list, try these 5 tips for more effective time management.
1. Write it down.
When you have several things to do, they can get jumbled in your head. Take a few minutes and write down everything that you have to get done. You’ll be less likely to forget something, and it makes it feel much more manageable.
What is the most pressing item on your list? Prioritize your items in order of deadline. If you try to get everything done at once, you’ll end up going crazy! Use an A-B-C ranking system for importance. Focus on the A’s, then move on the B’s and C’s.
3. Plan Ahead.
Take the first 30 minutes of your day to create a plan of what you are going to do, and when you are going to get things done. Don’t start doing anything until your plan is complete.
4. Avoid distractions.
Do your cell phone, TV, and roommate cause distractions when you’re working? Dedicate some time away from what distracts your most so you can be most productive.
5. Learn to say no.
Don’t take on more than you can handle. If you don’t have time to take on that extra project right now, then say no. Focus on your immediate priorities.
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