Time Management

Do you ever feel there is not enough time in a day to do everything you need to do? Do you find yourself getting frustrated juggling all your obligations? You are not alone. Managing your time well can help you accomplish your tasks more efficiently.

Helpful Strategies

  • Identify your goals. At the beginning of each day, take a few moments to write down what you want to accomplish that day.
  • Break large goals down into smaller parts. If your goal can be broken down into a series of smaller tasks, identify what these are and write them down. For example, instead of, "clean the house", write down: "wash dishes, change bed, wash one load of laundry," etc. Be as specific as possible.
  • Prioritize tasks. Once you have created a list, prioritize the items. Put an "A" next to the tasks that you want to complete the same day and a "B" next to the ones that can wait for a day or two. Be realistic about your deadlines. If you have too many items on list "A", move some to list "B". Complete the tasks on the "A" list first.
  • Be realistic. Most people underestimate the time it takes to complete tasks. Be realistic when deciding how long it will take you to complete each task on your list.
  • Say "no." You may feel pulled in many different directions and find yourself agreeing to do everything that you are asked, even if someone else can do the job. Don't be afraid to say "no" to new projects if your plate is already full.
  • Delegate tasks whenever possible. It is not uncommon for people to try to do everything themselves instead of asking for help. Delegate and ask for help whenever you can. Don't spread yourself too thin.
  • Avoid distractions. Don't leave a task half done thinking you will get back to it. You will save yourself lots of time by completing each task that you start before going to the next one.
  • Take breaks. Schedule short breaks throughout the day. Relax, go for a walk, enjoy an activity unrelated to your work. This will help rejuvenate you and will help you return to your tasks more refreshed.
  • Use calendars and organizers. Keep track of holidays, birthdays, appointments and other important events by using a calendar or organizer.
  • Acknowledge a job well done. After you complete your tasks for the day, take a moment to congratulate yourself for a job well done. Be proud. You did it!