Time management is the strategy of planning and regulating how much time to spend on specific activities. Good time management allows an individual to complete more in a shorter period, lowers the amount of stress, and leads to career success.
There is a saying, “Time and tide wait for none”. So rather than creating overwhelming to-do lists, recognize the root of your time management problem.
To help, let’s take a look at common mistakes that disturb the workflow and prevent from staying within timelines:
Going wrong with Priority
When you’re occupied and your to-do list is getting extended and longer—from where do you kick start? Instead of leaping into your list with just any random task, take the time to prioritize. Prioritizing is unavoidable; it’s essential to prioritize to manage your time wisely.
Stop spinning the yard and pull up to the real work. Sometimes it’s complicated to get started on projects you know you won’t necessarily enjoy, but you will have to work on them at some point—get them out of the way now!
Ineptitude to Manage Distractions
Distractions will always pop up when you’re at work especially, but how you manage the distractions will make all the difference. Underestimating time consumption for tasks, people are often ambitious and assume they will accomplish things faster than they do, especially when they are faced with frequent interruptions and distractions. Before starting a task or project, estimate how much time you think it will take.
Saying “Yes” Too Often
Constantly saying “yes” to new things may leave you with an unjust workload. Although saying “no” can be difficult for some, sometimes it is truly necessary. Do not take on anything you feel you may not be able to handle—never lie and say that you will be able to.
Working without breaks
Although taking breaks sounds counterproductive, breaks aren’t meant for wasting time. Breaks provide employees with downtime to help them recharge. You’ll be working with a purpose rather than just blindly working. Focus on these loopholes and avoid your common mistakes in time management.
As humans, we can’t be productive 100% of the time. Still, there are always time management mistakes to correct and a dozen productivity approaches to try.
The key to this is, you can’t manage what you don’t measure and you can’t improve what you don’t manage.
Start time management approaches to power up your performance.