Managing Time

by Karen Bates
(last updated July 3, 2014)

It can be difficult to juggle the various activities and responsibilities in your life. With duties that may include work, commuting, meal preparation, school, children, errands, and much more, it can be quite a task just to figure out how to schedule your daily activities let alone actually accomplish them.

Have you ever wondered how you can make all of your daily responsibilities easier to organize? If you have, you may be interested in trying different methods of managing your time. Time management is an excellent way to look at your schedule and decide how and when you will get things done during the day.

If you are interested in learning how to better manage your time, there are some things you can try to get a better handle on your daily schedule:

  • Begin with a calendar or planner. At the start of each new week, take a few minutes to mark your expected daily activities for each day in the week, including what time they will occur and how long you expect them to last. This gives you a basic outline of what will be happening that week.
  • Make a list of everything you need to do during the day. Prioritize this list, ranking each activity as very important, somewhat important, or not very important. Make it a point to get the most important things done first, if possible. If you have a lot on your plate that day, you may be able to wait on some of the less-important tasks or not do them at all. Being able to see these tasks in writing can help you better schedule what needs to be done.
  • If possible, assign different times of the day to specific activities. For example, if you need to go jogging, schedule your exercise at a certain time each day and keep up this habit. Having a set time for activities can help you to get into a routine, and this can help you get more done during the day.
  • Try your best to not procrastinate. Of course there will be times when you need to hold off on doing something for whatever reason, but don't wait too long. The longer you put off tasks, the more annoying they will be later when they pile up and you have to do more of them.
  • Be realistic. If people ask you to do more, it's okay to say that you can't sometimes. Once you have made your list of things to do and have prioritized it, don't add new things to it if you already have too much on your plate.

Once you manage your time, it will be easier for you to get everything done and you may even get to enjoy more free time.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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