Whether you’re rich or poor, young or old, we all have 24 hours in the day. Why is it that successful people have enough time in their day to accomplish their tasks while less successful people struggle to get everything done? The difference between these 2 types of people is time management. Successful people tend to have much better time management skills than the average person. This allows them to accomplish more with their time than most other people would. In this blog, I want to highlight 3 ways that you can improve your time management skills and become more efficient and productive throughout each day.
#1. Organize Your Daily Tasks By Priority
The first step to improving your time management skills is to organize your daily tasks in order of priority. A great way to do this is to use the Eisenhower Matrix. Tasks can be either urgent or non-urgent. Tasks can also be important or unimportant.
When a task is important and urgent, you should put that at the beginning of your daily planner. When a task is important but non-urgent, you should work on these tasks after you’ve already completed the important and urgent tasks.
When a task is non-important but urgent, you should look to delegate that task as often as possible. It might take some time to initially figure out the right system to put in place but once you’ve ironed out the details, you will free up a lot of time to work on your more important tasks.
If a task is non-important and non-urgent, you should try to eliminate that task from your daily planner, as often as possible. Knowing which tasks to do, in what order, is an important part of being more efficient with your time
#2. Structure Your Agenda
Once you’ve organized your tasks in order of priority, you need to start structuring your agenda. Schedule your important and urgent tasks first, followed by your important and non-urgent tasks. Take a look at the different things you spend your time working on, each day. Do these things align with your goals? If they aren’t helping you move closer to accomplishing your goals, you should restructure your agenda to better suit your needs. You can use digital or paper agendas or a combination of both. As long as you can stay organized and clearly see how your schedule is laid out, you will become more efficient and productive with your time.
#3. Wake Up Earlier
You are most productive when you first wake up. For the first 20 minutes after waking up, your brain is predominantly producing alpha waves. This state of mental processing puts you in a very creative mood. You might enter this mental state at different moments throughout the day but they are strongest during the first 20 minutes that you are awake. You can tap into this to work on important tasks or to strategize and visualize your future successes of the day and beyond. Start off your day by immediately getting up and making your bed. Don’t hit the snooze button! You will begin your day on a productive and positive note, which will carry over to the rest of your day and help you be more productive and efficient with your time.
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If you’d like to be even more effective as an entrepreneur, check out my blog post on How To Motivate Yourself .