Top Time Management Tips - dummies

Top Time Management Tips

Part of Business Skills All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Help yourself to save time, and also to make the most of your time, by taking on board these tried-and-tested time management tips. If it’s too overwhelming to adopt all of them, pick one to try at first.

  • Spend a moment to plan each and every day. Take a few minutes to jot down the few key things you need to achieve today.

  • Set a time limit. You’re more focused and less likely to get distracted if you don’t have an open-ended time slot in your day for a particular task.

  • Write everything down. You’ll save time and be less stressed if you’re not holding all those things you’re trying to remember in your head.

  • Focus on important tasks. Don’t just focus on the urgent items.

  • Look at your longer-term goals. Ask yourself how what you’re doing each day fits in with your goals.

  • Do little and often. Breaking tasks into chunks helps to prevent a build-up and is less overwhelming when you’re only spending a few minutes on a task.

  • Take a break. Doing so might seem counter-intuitive, but if you try to cram too much into your day you end up stressed out and exhausted. Have regular breaks and you’ll be more productive.

  • Don’t do it all on your own. Don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it.

  • Keep the balance. Try not to spend all your waking hours at work – make time for home, family, and friends, and make sure you leave time to eat properly and exercise regularly.