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The key to success: Mastering Time Management

By Mehakpreet Dhaliwal, 24 Sep, 2020
  • The key to success: Mastering Time Management

With the following time-management tips, you can plan, execute and manage your day to become a master of time yourself


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There’s 24 hours in a day, and our daily life demands a whole lot of things to be done in this time span. Sometimes, it’s just not enough time. Unfortunately, we haven’t discovered the secret to controlling time just yet. But, until then, we can do with another, equally effective, alternative: time management.

Time management is the way we organize and utilize our time in order to achieve maximum productivity and success in a given time. Effective time management is one of those issues that we all face, especially during high school and university or college years. Successful time management gives you control of your day. It’s the skill that will help you build good habits, set proper goals, and most importantly achieve work-life balance. With the following time-management

Plan ahead

Either plan your day the night before or first thing in the morning. This gives you a clear idea of what needs to be accomplished, how much time it will take, and ensures you have enough time for other activities you enjoy.

Set a time limit for tasks

Setting a time limit helps prevent you from getting distracted or procrastinating. It keeps you focused and helps you become more efficient. If you still find yourself exceeding these time limits, examine your workflow and try to eliminate any unnecessary breaks or distractions.

Set long-term and short-term goals

Having a clear idea of what you want to do makes it so much easier to accomplish. Follow the SMART method when setting goals for yourself. Make sure your objectives are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.

Prioritize your tasks wisely

Prioritize your tasks based on importance and urgency. Spend your mornings on your most important and urgent tasks. Most people have more energy in the morning, and that feeling of accomplishment helps get you through the rest of your day.

Take breaks

The average human brain can only focus for about 90 minutes at a time. Allow breaks between tasks to clear your mind and relax. Go for a walk, listen to music, or meditate for a quick refresher.

Learn to say “no”

Sometimes you don’t want to upset anyone or seem rude, but you can only handle so much. Your time is precious. Instead of immediately accepting invitations and offers, try saying, “I’ll check my schedule and get back to you.” This will buy you time to consider your schedule and help you make smart decisions.

With these time management tips, you’ll put an end to procrastination and be able to take control of your time. Most importantly, enjoy every day with an appropriate balance between work and life and don’t forget to have fun. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Time is like money. Without being managed properly, how do you know where it’s going?”


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