The new year has started if your resolution is to get a handle on where you spend your time then booking yourself onto a time management course could help you.
Why choose a tutor led course?
Having a tutor led course will show you the tips and techniques to spend your valuable time in wiser ways – and get more done at the same time.
It will teach you new ways to spot when you’re wasting time as well as working more efficiently. Most people we speak to say they’ve benefitted from learning managing their time better from techniques acquired on a course.
If you’re looking for recommendations for where to get your training from then ask friends and colleagues – no doubt there will be someone in your network who has attended a course and they will be probably only too happy to recommend someone to you.
The benefits of managing your time and day better not only affect your time-keeping, but will give you an overall sense of calm and can reduce stress. Rushing around and last minute panics will be reduced as you start to plan and execute far better than you ever have before. You’ll be amazed at the difference you will see. Some have even said that managing their time differently has been life changing!
One of the things you will learn about managing your time better is to become more conscious of where you are spending your time currently. This will lead you to question yourself with: “by doing this now, am I moving towards my goal?” and similar. You will become more aware of what you should be focussing on and what you shouldn’t.
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Do you struggle with managing your time? The BBC reported that Britain’s workers were less productive than others – but you don’t have to be one of them!
Here’s a list of 25 time management tips to help you.
Interruption will happen, factor in time into your day for they happen.
Plan today’s tomorrow’s tasks the night before.
Decide and plan the important telephone calls you need to make in advance. Outline what you want to cover.
Turn your mobile and other tech off.
Decide which interruptions must be dealt with there and then and those that can wait.
Make a daily to-do list and begin with the most important task on it for that day. Google Tasks in their calendar is pretty neat.
Be careful with your time – refuse opportunities that will waste your time.
Make sure you take a break and rest.
Give yourself time off in other ways – treat yourself.
Everyone deserves time off. Take a holiday or long weekend.
You don’t have to do it all. Delegate or give yourself extra time.
Time box everything you do. Every task should have a time estimate associated with it.
Don’t schedule tasks to be back to back. Separate similar tasks with something different. Add variety.
Separate personal and professional tasks. Keep them in daily, weekly, monthly and yearly buckets.
Review your to-do list regularly and cut out anything that is no longer important.
Don’t over-complicate things. No need for complex systems.
Group similar tasks at home together and get them done together.
Repeat the above but in the office.
Use calendar both at home and the office.
Observe the time wasted by others and don’t let yourself waste time on the same things.
Understand that not everything is as important as you think it is.
Keep ahead of your schedule, not behind. You’ll feel proud when you finish your to-do list ahead of time.
Delegate to others where you can to get more done.
Don’t let your email inbox rule you.
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