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Learning proper time management techniques will help you to control and use your time efficiently. T...
Learning proper time management techniques will help you to control and use
your time efficiently. The problem is deciding which time management techniques
are going to work best for you. Talk to any Professional Organizer, and he
or she will tell you that the best time management techniques instruct you
on how to make room for the “want to’s” as well as the “have to’s”. The problem
is that many of us are in a state of extreme overwhelm and don’t have enough
energy left over for higher priorities in life. Fortunately, it’s easy to
regain control over the daily grind with a few good time management techniques.
Let’s start by examining the way you deal with routine to-do’s.
Time Management Technique #1: Manage the Incoming FloodWhen you receive a piece of paper that requires some action on your part, what do you do first? Put it in a stack on your desk of miscellaneous “things to do” where it will sit for weeks or months, until you receive another piece of paper reminding you about that to-do that you forgot? If you just take a second to get organized when a new document first enters your life, you can almost guarantee that “to-do” will get done on time.
Time Management Technique #2: Decide Where to Put ThingsStart by sorting your to-do’s according to the action required. Each day, take 5 minutes to go through the day’s incoming mail / work papers / school papers / etc. – ask yourself what you need to do with each item, then file that document in the appropriate “action file”, based on your answer. Your action files should sit out in a file box or rack, placed in plain view, wherever you go through your mail. It will include categories like:
- “to pay”
- “to file”
- “to contact”
- “to buy”
- “to read”
- “to enter in computer”
- “to reconcile”
- “to give to _________”