Whether you are single or juggling a family and work, better time management will help you get as much as possible out of your day.
To Do List
An oldie but a goodie is to write yourself a ‘to do’ list, write down your deadlines and prioritise your list from most important to least. 80% of your achievements come from 20% of your efforts so locate and isolate this valuable 20% and focus your efforts on the tasks that will give you the greatest rewards. As you complete each task, mark it off, you will be able to see that you are getting somewhere.
Do The Hardest First
Try to tackle the hardest tasks at the beginning of the day when you are freshest and at your best. Allow yourself time to see people but make sure you also allow yourself time for you. Whether it means you have to wake up a half hour earlier in the morning or go to bed a little later at night, make sure you have time to spend with your partner or to meet friends once a week for lunch.
Delegate some of your tasks, ask subordinates at work to take care of some projects, recruit your children to help around the house or get a cleaner to help with the housework.
Learn Top Say No
One of the hardest but most effective ways to manage your time is to learn to say no. Don’t accept invites to functions you don’t have the time or the interest for and don’t volunteer for a committee if you know you will be infringing on time that would be better spent with your children or spouse.
Never procrastinate, do it now while it is still fresh in your mind and stop trying to be a perfectionist, your time is better spent moving on to the next task rather than obsessively perfecting a small task.
Most important of all take time to smell the daisies, when you are 80 who is going to remember how hard you worked when you were 32!