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Time management is about working smarter, not longer
All of us have the same amount of hours in a day and days in a week,
so why is it that some people seem to be able to kick goals in all
areas of their life while others never seem to clear their inboxes? It
all comes down to making the best use of your time, which can be done
in the following ways.
If you know what you want to accomplish in a particular day, week,
month or year you're less likely to allow your time to be chewed up by
seemingly urgent but ultimately unimportant distractions.
Work out a schedule
If you know you've allocated your time to particular tasks you're
more likely to get them done in an efficient manner, rather than
finding your workday getting frittered away with chats about the footy
and trips to the café to buy a round of coffees.
Look into ways you can shrink the amount of time you have to
devote to routine tasks
Dealing with emails, returning phone calls and attending meetings are
all massive drains on your time. Fortunately, there's lots of
information available online about improving
your personal productivity by managing these tasks cleverly (www.lifehacker.com.au being
the most respected site among efficiency enthusiasts).
Be careful about what you say yes to
No matter how efficient you get, you'll still only have 24 hours in a
day and you want to make sure you're devoting them to achieving what
you want to achieve rather than allowing others to talk you into
donating your valuable time to their projects. So if you're
considering taking on an extra assignment at work, check whether it's
going to advance your career in some way before agreeing to get involved.
Take time out to recharge
Time management is about working smarter, not longer. If you use your
increased productivity to constantly take more and more on, you'll
eventually burn out. Make sure you schedule periods where you can
forget about accomplishing anything and just kick back and relax.
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