Heaven High and Happy Tuesday!
How has the start of your week been so far? Good, I hope. I’ve been taking on new projects and making strides toward finishing up some great products for YOU! I’m always busy. Some people ask me how I can get so much done every day. My answer? Excellent time management skills. That is one of the pillars to success. If you don’t manage your time well, everything will fall apart.
If you need a little nudge in this department, I’m here to support you. I’ve listed five time management skills and lessons that you should know in order to maximize your success in both your home and professional life.
#1) Delegate, Delegate, Delegate
We all like to be in control. It gives us a feeling of power and boosts our confidence. Unfortunately, we can’t all be in control of everything at once. Trying to control everything will lead to stress and burning out. We often shun the thought of delegation because it can seem like you are turning away from your responsibilities but that’s just not true.
When you delegate, you are showing an important managerial trait, showing trust in your team, and leaving enough breathing room for yourself so that you can do your tasks well. Would you rather do five tasks at once with only 20% of your attention on each or focus all of your efforts on one task?
#2) Schedule Your Daily Tasks
I say this all the time and with good reason: create a running task list each day. This will aid you in remembering what you need to do. Even just the act of writing something down aids in memory.
Prioritize your tasks so that you will be sure to complete all of your important to-do items. There are many different ways of compiling a task list and they all have to do with how well you work and what you need to do. Some people meticulously plan out their entire day. Complete with small, easy tasks during their 2PM slump. Others just create a list that they can prioritize in their heads.
#3) Remember That You Don’t Have To Say Yes
You don’t have to agree to do everything that people ask of you. Some of us (me included) feel bad when we have to say “no” but it is necessary for our sanity and stamina. We just can’t do EVERYTHING. If someone requests your assistance on something or wants you to meet their agenda, look at what you have on your docket so you can decide what is best for you.
#4) Get Up Early
Early birds get more done in the morning. Even if you’re not feeling productive at 5AM, you can at least take a leisurely start to your day or take this time to reflect on what your goals are for your workday or workweek. Some people find it relaxing to take a morning run or walk. You can even multitask by setting your mobile fitness app, walking, and reflecting all at once.
Others find the wee hours of the morning perfect for meditation. Clearing your mind in the morning will leave your mind present during the rest of the day. This is a great way to take care of your mind before it has to work hard.
Yet others find it beneficial to do a quick brain dump in the morning before they start their day. I’ve heard it referred to as “Morning Pages”. Here, you can write down all of the sad, angry, and happy stuff in a notebook. Tuck that notebook away so that you can now focus on the important things while you are at work. I keep a notebook available for “Morning Pages” so that I can clear my mind before work and I keep a notepad on my nightstand so that I can write down last minute thoughts in order to sleep easy.
#5) Power Hour!
I love a good “Power Hour”! Power hours are done with a friend or colleague. At the start of the hour, each of you should declare what you’re going to accomplish. Then, work on those goals so that you get results and reconvene in an hour to see what exactly you accomplish. Some people use some friendly competition as motivation to get more done. As long as this doesn’t hinder your work or cause frustrations between the two of you, I don’t see anything wrong with it. Competition breeds innovation and success if done correctly.
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Well, until next time! B BOP!