4 effective ways to improve your time management
- Do you feel like you never have enough time? To be overwhelmed? Having too much to do and too little time to accomplish?
- If so, then you are probably mismanaging your time.
- Fortunately, time management is not only a learned skill, it is also incredibly beneficial.
- Knowing how to manage your time means knowing how to manage your most precious resource.
As HarveyMacKay puts it:
“The time is free, but it is invaluable. You cannot own it but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once lost, you can never get it back. ”
Knowing how to manage your time is also being able to accomplish more in less time. Several studies 1 show that people who know how to manage their time generally perform better than others, progress more quickly on their projects and have, on average, higher incomes.
Managing your time effectively also allows you to free up more hours in your schedule for training, for learning, for playing sports or for meditating.
When we choose to use this time to work on ourselves, the benefits are multiplied.
By spending more time developing our knowledge, our physical condition and our spirituality, we are all the more efficient at work and therefore happier and more fulfilled.
Which brings me to the ultimate benefit of managing your time well:
When we manage our time better, we manage our stress better.
2 studies published in the Journal of Educational Psychology and in the Journal of Work, Health and Organization show that there is a direct correlation between managing our time and reducing our stress. The subjects who took part in these studies considered that managing their time well made them happier and more satisfied 2.
You will therefore understand that good time management offers benefits on many levels.
So how exactly do you go about managing your time better? What are the techniques that really work?
This is what we will now see with the following 4 points.
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Define your priorities
When you lack time, you often lack priorities.
When we don’t set our priorities, we treat all of our tasks the same. Whether it be important, secondary, unnecessary, optional, ill-defined tasks … we put all the eggs in the same basket.
We believe that a productive day is one in which we managed to cross off as many tasks as possible on our todo list.
But is it all about being productive after all?
Accomplishing a large volume of tasks is satisfying, to be sure, but it is still necessary that these help us move forward on our goals.
Not all jobs are good to get done.
Some do deserve our time and attention because they bring us closer to our goals, while others are purely distractions that take up our time.
To better manage our time, we must therefore clearly articulate our priorities to know which tasks are worth our time and which ones are wasting it. Then we just have to eliminate all those that waste us to save more time.
Set deadlines that you will be sure to meet
In 1955, Cyril Northcote Parkinson, an English historian and author, published an article in The Economist journal about the English administration and its inefficiencies.
In this article he shares his observations. He explains, in particular, that British civil servants waste a lot of time doing their work because they tend to spread their tasks over too long.
He then extracts a law from this observation which he calls Parkinson’s law.
This law provides that:
“[All] work is spread out so as to occupy the time available for its completion”
In other words, the more time you allow yourself to do a given job, the more time that job will take.
So if we give ourselves a week to accomplish a task that is achievable in 1 day, for example, it will actually take a week to accomplish it and not a day.
In short: The more time we take, the more we lose.