How To Be Successful In Life – Successful Time Management
Time Management: 5 mistakes To Avoid
It’s no secret that time is precious and that, once lost; it’s gone for good. Just goes to show how important it is to manage time effectively. That may seem like a daunting prospect, particularly with important jobs on hand. But it’s not as difficult as it seems.
In fact, you’ll probably draw comfort from the fact that there are very simple steps you can take to ensure that you make the most of the time that is available to you. Let’s take a look at some common mistakes that result in valuable time being wasted.
1. Working without a plan
Take the simplest of issues – that of planning your work every day. If you do not have a plan to chart the course of your work each day, you will find yourself heading for a sea of turmoil in which you may well find yourself drowning if you are not careful.
Remember that without a plan, you will not have a point of focus and could well allow extraneous matters to claim your time and attention. Worse still, you may have spent your day working really hard – but all that hard work could go down the drain because you have lost sight of your target.
2. Allowing the different areas of your life to get out of sync
To work effectively, it’s vital to remember that you need to give due importance to other aspects of your life. If you neglect your health for instance, your work will be affected, as will your social and family life. In a nutshell, you need to find time for all the elements that are important to enriching the quality of your life. Failing to pay enough attention to any one area of your life could have far reaching effects elsewhere.
3.Having an untidy workplace
If you do not have an orderly workplace, you are just going to end up wasting a great deal of valuable time – time that could be constructively used to attend to important matters that require your attention.
Apart from anything else, you are going to find yourself hunting for papers, articles etc. that you need. These are things that should be readily available for use as and when you require them. You may not think so, but disorder at your workstation will slowly erode both your time and your efficiency. Worse still, this may not be immediately evident, because the disorder does not happen all at once or in one area.
It’s a gradual process of deterioration, which you could perhaps liken to a dripping tap. Each drop may not seem to count for much, but there’s no doubt that it all adds up. So get off to a good start by keeping your workplace tidy. It will make a world of difference to your mindset and your output. A clear desk will go a long way to keeping your mind clear and focused on the job at hand.
4. Depriving yourself of sleep
There’s plenty of evidence to show that the vast majority of workers do not get enough sleep. The result? Fatigue. Although many of these people may actually be sleeping for long enough, it’s not the kind of sleep they need. That’s because they are stressed and overworked.
Once again, planning out your day could be a simple solution. You could get more work done and automatically you will have a greater sense of achievement – and along with it, more peace of mind and a sounder sleep.
5. Avoiding a lunch break
Your lunch break is about much more than just your meal. In fact, it’s the break that is far more important. This is particularly true when you have been slogging for hours over a particular problem. When that happens, your senses get dulled. It’s vital therefore to take a break so that you can get a fresh perspective.
All too often, workers make the mistake of thinking that working through a lunch break will give them the extra time they need. But it often does not work that way, because you are worn out. That’s why it’s so important to replenish your energy in order to be productive.
There you have it – five very common mistakes that you may have made yourself. They’re so easy to correct and can make such a difference to your entire workday. Try it and see for yourself! In the words of Benjamin Franklin, time is ‘the stuff life is made of’ – so do not squander it!
To your success
Andy Shaw – A Bug Free Mind