The world is getting faster, more than ever before. People are burdened by so much responsibilities, they have so much to do than the centuries before. One thing that has however not increased is time. Time 200 years ago is still the same today. So the biggest challenge is; how do we fit our bloated responsibilities and demands into a fixed time? This question prompted the development of a new aspect of management called Time management. Some have dedicate their lives to studying time management tactics and skills.
In the next few minutes I would be sharing with you 11 practical time management tactics that you can employ to better use the fixed amount of time you have to fulfill your bloated demands.
Develop a to-do list
Get in the habit of creating to-do lists. To-do list is a document that contains the things you need to do. Creating a to-do list brings your responsibilities to focus; you know exactly what you need to do. This helps to prevent idleness, as there are times when you just find yourself sitting down idle, not because you are really free but because you don’t remember that you should be doing something.
To-do lists are majorly a daily thing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t develop that for a week. In a situation whereby you don’t have much to do on a particular day, or you are done with your duties for that day, you can move to that of the next day.
Prioritize your list
The next thing to do after creating your list is to prioritize them, assign values to them indicating their importance and deadlines. You can use the four square method, where you categorize your responsibilities/duties into any of the four categories or squares; urgent and important, important but not urgent, urgent but not important, not important and not urgent. You begin to work on the duties listed in the first square; urgent and important, before moving to urgent but not important and then important but not urgent and lastly, if you still have time, not important and not urgent.
Alternatively, you can use numerical; either 1,2,3…where responsibility 1 is more important than 2 and so on, or use 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 etc
Whichever one works you can apply.