Creating a time management plan keeps you from wasting time. Having a plan makes every hour count, ensures that you get to work more quickly and helps distribute your time over all the tasks that you need to do each day, week, month and year. Creating a time management plan is an imperative if you want to be successful and productive.
This includes whatever stage of life you may be in right now. You may:
*be a stay at home mom.
*work at home, or outside the home, full- or part-time.
*be in college.
Here are some helpful tips to get your started. As you experience success in small steps, you will be encouraged to stick with your plan.
1. Be Realistic with Your Plans
Don’t go against your own internal clock when planning each day. If you know you struggle to get up in the morning, do not schedule things in the early morning hours. You might want to complete tasks that you enjoy in your waking-up time.
2. Set Time Limits
This is especially important for both tasks you dislike and tasks you like. You always have a risk of procrastination when it comes to tasks you hate by spending too much time on tasks you like.
3. Eliminate Distractions
One of the biggest killers of any plan that you set are distractions, such as checking social media, or television programs. Try to eliminate these types of distractions by planning ahead about how to deal with them. Turn off the TV, and set a timer when checking social media sites.
4. Discriminate Important and Non-Important Tasks
One of the hardest things to do is to understand what is important and what is not. Make a habit of getting the most important things done first. You’ll get a lot more done, and feel better about your day.
5. Use a Calendar and Technology
You can use an online calendar or a phone app to plan your time and tasks. You can even set some of these tools to send you reminders.
6. Eliminate Urgency
Try to plan your time and chores so that you avoid last-minute chaos. This will help avoid a lot of stress.
7. Create and Use Lists
I would be lost without my lists. Even as a retired, stay-at-home wife I write out a list of what I want to do each day. I have made lists as long as I can remember – even since high school. It makes your day so much more orderly. If you get sidetracked, just go back to the next thing on your list.
8. Create a Daily Action Plan
There should always be at least four or five things that you can do each day toward any future goal that you have to help you feel accomplished. Plus, having a variety of things to do each day will eliminate boredom and procrastination.
Don’t forget, in all of your planning, to include down time. No one should have to feel “under-the-gun” all the time. No one should feel that they have to be “productive” or “achieving” all the time. Plan your day so that what needs done gets done. Then enjoy the satisfaction of your efforts.