Like the oxygen we breathe, time is free, but it's priceless. No matter what your occupation, how you manage your time is a determining factor between success and failure. What action you do every second, minute, hour, and day will accumulate, forming yourself over time, and finally will determine your life in the future. By failing to manage your time well, you'll only live in regret later because time can't be turned back. Remember, life is a race that restricted by time. People who realize it, will take a quick step to reach the goal before their time runs out... You will never be a winner and achieve your goal if you just sit down or walk slowly. Below are 10 ways to manage your time effectively:
1. Work in productive time
The right time to do your difficult work is the time when your body and mind are still fresh. Don't do it when you're too tired because you will have a hard time to concentrate and the result won't be good.
2. Plan your activities
You must have a short and long term plan for what you will do next. Then, make a to-do-list and use it as a guide for your daily activities. And make sure your plan is REALISTIC! Know your own ability and don't make a plan that will make you overwhelmed later.
3. Prioritize your works
If you have too much work to be done, then you have to prioritize what you need to do first. Focus on the most vital issues before working on other activities.
4. Make a checklist of your completed works
It must be done to keep track of your completed works so you don't need to keep checking over and over.
5. Overcome procrastination
This habit is one of the biggest obstacles to manage time well. Remember, if we do a lot of work in a short time, the results won't be optimal and you will be more stressful when you're reaching the deadline. Overcome this bad habit by doing your responsibilities first, eventually you will be more relaxed when resting or having fun.
6. Avoid perfectionism
Perfectionism won't make your works better overall because you just concentrate on one thing without thinking about other important things. It will be better if you do something else as well, and then if you have time, you can fix flaws in your works.
7. Get enough rest
Who says when we're sleeping, we're wasting our time? You can maintain your productivity by resting 6-8 hours a day. Imagine if you're lack of rest and then fall sick, you will spend a lot of your time to restore your condition. In addition, sick too often won't be good for your body in the long run (and your finances of course). Remember that you've got a long journey ahead, slow down your steps for a few moments to take a breath and then run again.
8. Learn to say no
Someone who have difficulties to say no is usually afraid of offending other people, wants to be praised, wants to be considered as a 'good man', or doesn't know his priority. Know that if you accept too much work, you will have a hard time to do it all and eventually you will be overwhelmed. You will be regarded as a irresponsible person if you can't get it done. So, if you feel that you're already too busy with your works, you must have a courage to say no for your own good.
9. Delegate tasks
Sometimes there are jobs that you can't do by yourself, so you have to delegate some tasks. This is important for you to improve your productivity. Usually when you are asked to produce a large output, you have to be good at choosing the right people in order to meet your target effectively. Your bakery won't be able to develop quickly if you do it all by yourself, right?
10. Take advantage of technology
In this age, technology has really grown rapidly and not as expensive as before. You can utilize technology to increase your productivity and manage your time effectively. For example, using video call for a meeting, using software to help you manage your company, and so on. But it doesn't mean you have to depend entirely on technology, there are some aspects that we have to do manually without the help of technology. Use technology wisely to help you manage your time, rather than vice versa.
Those are 10 ways to manage your time effectively. Practice it!
“Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back.” - Harve MacKay