Between the Rolling Stones and Ambrosia, time is a paradox. The British rockstars admonish their patrons to relish and adore time just like they would their diamond, which is one of nature’s most precious and beautiful creations. On the other hand, Ambrosia, an American rock band, tells its fans to “relax and forget about what’s to be done, it’s time to have fun.”
While these two rock bands might have engineered a complex situation regarding time as the extracts from their lyrics illustrate, what remains true, though, is that lost time is never found again because time is the most valuable thing that a human being can spend. Therefore, it is important to learn how to manage one’s time effectively.
According to some eggheads at Wright State University, “effective time management doesn’t mean doing more things or doing them more quickly.” On the contrary, they argue that “effective time management means getting more of the important work done in a day.” In other words, they submit that “less important tasks can be completed in your remaining time, delegated, or ignored entirely.”
It is pointless to draw up a plan and not implement it. The task list you developed the night before is the plan for this day’s action.
So, what steps should you take to avoid drowning in work? Here are some tips for successful time management:
Plan for the day: Preferably, plan the next day’s activities before going to bed. To complete this assignment, identify what needs to be done and write down a task list. This allows you to visualize how the day will go as well as find ways to resolve potential friction points by grouping them in a manner that allows for a smooth flow.
Prioritize the tasks: Prioritizing the tasks identified while planning the day allows you to put the appropriate amount of effort in more productive ventures.
Do not procrastinate: “Do not let the grass grow under your feet” sounds cliché but the saying holds true if you are to be successful with time management. It is pointless to draw up a plan and not implement it. The task list you developed the night before is the plan for this day’s action. Therefore, do what needs to be done promptly.
You are more likely to successfully apply these tips if they become habits. When diligently applied, you will notice you are more focused, more productive and feel more accomplished. However, do not forget to build rest and relaxation time into your plans as you get a good grip on your daily routine. Afterall, all work and no play make Jack a dull boy and Jackie a dull lass.