How to Manage Time Better to Become More Productive
Time management. It’s a phrase we hear constantly. We say it constantly. It’s an attribute we use to promote ourselves in interview: ‘Oh yes I have excellent time management’. It’s something our parents used to say when we hadn’t finished our homework: ‘Oh, you’ve just got no time management child!’ It’s something we all claim to understand, have and utilize at every golden opportunity. That’s basically a lie. We don’t.
Don’t get me wrong, we think we do. We think that there just aren’t enough hours in the day. If you’re someone who works from home, you’ll understand reading emails while cooking the dinner, pouring fifteen cups of coffee in your mouth so you can stay up long enough to meet your deadline, using your financial report as a bedtime story for your kids so you can just have enough time to get through it.
The problem is that there are enough hours in the day, we’re just not managing them properly; we’re letting them manage us. Time is a resource not a cage, we need to be taking it by the reins and steering it in the direction we want to go without feeling like its trampling us or galloping off into the sunset.
So when we say we’re good managers of time, what does that mean? What should we really be doing?
The 3 Things To Remember About Time Management
- We all have the same number of hours in the day, but other people are still doing better than you.
- We all have goals to achieve, and we all have the same amount of time in the day but other people are still are doing better than you.
- The ones who are doing better than you are using those hours to do more things that you are, hence the reason they are doing better than you.
And this here is the essence of time management. It’s not having more time. It’s not doing more things. It’s managing your time more effectively to do more things in the same time.
How to Achieve Better Time Management
You wouldn’t spend $150 on a lollipop, would you? No. But why is that?
It’s because a lollipop isn’t worth $150. The ingredients aren’t worth anywhere near $150, the amount of time you have the lollipop isn’t long enough to be worth $150, and the reward you get isn’t equal to and doesn’t outweigh how you feel about having $150.
Due to these factors, you wouldn’t spend $150 on a lollipop.
So why do you do it with time?
Time is as precious a commodity as money but we don’t treat it that way. We all know the old adage, time is money, but sometimes we fail to put that in practice, leading to both not enough time in the day, and working longer hours than you ever intended.
1. Write a list of all your tasks that need to be done
By writing them all down, you’re recognizing what you need to spend your time on in order to achieve your goals. These tasks could range from anything from setting up social media, to ensuring you have a comfortable chair to work in. Many overlook the importance of setting up their work environment but Dr Moore, a Brighton MI Chiropractic, strongly advocates that in our business goal setting, we set time aside to create an ergonomic working environment, both to avoid injury and to increase productivity. All these things should be added to your list.
2. Assign each task a sum of money from $1 to $100 depending on the rewards you will reap from the task.
For example, if an affiliate linking system is likely to bring in more money than answering emails will, assign the task of joining an affiliate program more money, than answering emails.
3. Imagine you only have $100 a day to spend, where are you going to spend your money?
Spending $50 on something that’s only worth $5 would be stupid, so don’t do it with your time. Spend $50 or the equivalent time allowance on something that’s going to take half a day to do, and is going to be worth that half day you spend on it. If you’re spending half a day on emails, you’re allocating $50 to a $5 reward; you’re buying that ridiculously expensive lollipop.
By assigning money to tasks, you start to see their value and importance to your business. Of course, some tasks take a long time, have to be done and aren’t as valuable, but we understand they have to be done. When managing your time on day to day tasks, thinking in terms of money, forces us to manage better, stop overspending, and focus on clearing our time debt.
About the Author:
Freelance writer Emily Jenkins spends so much time in front of her computer, she’s worried her fingers might fuse to the keyboard. Having just moved house, her current office is an old plastic chair and a sewing table desk. Despite her love for her job, she feels that if she doesn’t get a new chair soon, she’ll be on her way to http://www.awesomedr.com quicker than you can say sciatica!