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6 Time Management Tips

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Time management is important for any person, especially someone who may have multiple jobs or important events going on within their life. As a creative, you will most likely have a lot going on on a daily basis, so these following tips should help you get organized for successful time management.

Carry a Schedule With You

This will help you understand what commitments and activities you have throughout the week. You can use this tool to see how much time is used for useful things, and how much time is being wasted. This allows you to rearrange your schedule to create a more efficient flow to your productive day. Your schedule can also contain a to-do list so you know what needs to get done and what takes priority over other things.

Take 10-20 Minutes Each Morning to Plan Your Day

Scheduling each individual day will save you time because you will know exactly what you need to get done. You also will not have to spend time throughout the day figuring out what you need to do because you will already know. Having a plan is a great way to get things done because it is more structured than just winging what you are going to do.

Block Out Any Potential Distractions When You Need to be Productive

When you are doing important tasks try to avoid using your phone or computer. You will get things done much faster if you are solely focused on the task rather than the things that surround you. Getting things done faster means that you will have more time to do other things you need to do during your day or you will get some extra down time.

Avoid Procrastinating 

If a task is important you should really try to complete it as soon as possible. If you find yourself making up excuses to not do something, ask yourself why, and try to gather the motivation to complete it. Procrastination will only make things pile up. It may give you time in the present but it will make the future much more hectic and crammed.

Stay Organized

Clutter can be a huge distraction! Cleaning your work area can improve both self esteem as well as motivation to get things done. Have a system where you display the tasks you need to complete right in front of you so you rather than all over your work area so you are constantly reminded of what you need to do.

Persevere

When things don’t go right develop an effective strategy for dealing with the pressure. Having a positive attitude toward failure will help you not get caught up on things that don’t work and will help you make progress on the things that do work. Building extra time into your day can help you deal with the unexpected. 

Conclusion

Managing your time is extremely important if you want to get all your upcoming tasks involving your career completed and still have time for other things. Time management is crucial for anyone who wishes to be successful and finish things on time in an orderly manner. The tips above should help you learn how to manage your time and organize your life so it is easier to get things done.

Sources:

http://blog.creativelive.com/why-you-need-a-time-management-plan/

http://www.skillsyouneed.com/ps/time-management.htm

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