Super Simple Time Management Methods To Get You Organised

Anyone can learn time management. All it takes is a willingness to get your house in order. That is half the battle right there. Once you have made up your mind that your life needs to change so that you can stop putting off until tomorrow what you didn’t have time to do today, the benefits to your life will be amazing. You’ll wonder why you didn’t implement some of these time management methods sooner. 

Time Management Methods To Get You Organised


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Before you dive into deciding which time management methods to use, it is helpful to get a handle on needs versus wants. 

We all have needs and wants. Wants are just as important as needs. You need food and water. You want to make a better life for yourself and your family. Perform a self-assessment. What are your needs? List them all. Do the same for your wants. 

Now go back through the list. What needs have you met already? If you have a freezer full of food and the means to get more, that need is being met. The same goes for water, clothing, shelter, etc. 

Look at your wants. This category is varied: job security, a home in a good neighbourhood, transportation, financial security, a home business, time with family, etc. if any of these have been met, mark them off just like with your needs. 

Of the items that are left, what is most important to you now? Maybe you want to concentrate on growing your business or spending time with family. Those are the things that take top priority when you set up your schedules and decide you time management methods. 

Needs

  • Food
  • Water
  • Shelter
  • Clothing 

Wants

  • Job Security 
  • A nice home
  • More money 
  • Business growth 

Using Calendars

To begin with, you don’t need fancy notebooks and binders. Use a large calendar that has enough room on it to record daily activities for you and your family. Each person needs a column. Whenever a trip is planned, kids bring home notices; you have an engagement or your partner will be out of town write it down on the calendar. You can place it in a room where everyone will see it (like the kitchen). 

If you have allotted a specific time during the day for work, record that time frame on the family calendar as “work time.” in your home office, use a separate but equally large calendar to map out what work will be done that day during work hours. 

Knowing what to do when you walk into your office saves precious time trying to find out. Set your next day’s schedule the evening before. Be sure to leave enough wiggle room in case a conference runs long, or you have unexpected things come up. Being too rigid sets you up for failure.   

Super Simple Time Management Methods To Get You Organised

Time Management Software 

Software is helpful on the business side of things. Time tracking software lets you see where you are spending most of your efforts and if it is cost-effective. At the end of the week, evaluate what projects took most of your time. I recommend a tool like RescueTime, which will track what you do on your computer and other devices, in the background.

If you are taking several hours every day to answer emails but leaving no time for marketing, that can be a problem. It might be time to hire a virtual assistant to handle some tasks that you can outsource to free up your time. 

If one project is taking more time and costing you money, break it down into more manageable parts. Set a timeline for each piece of the project to get it done more efficiently. Use that same principle with all your projects to meet smaller milestones and finish sooner. 

Task Lists 

Task lists help more in your personal life. If you are going to the park with the kids the next day, write out what you need to take and organize it the night before. A permanent task list can be posted in the kitchen for morning chores: lunch prep, kid’s backpacks, your briefcase, breakfast meal, etc. 

Use a task list at the grocery store and when doing other shopping so you won’t miss anything on your way through the store. Lists are quite helpful for meeting agendas, website planning, and creating timelines for a project. 

Super Simple Time Management Methods To Get You Organised

Of course, this is a very basic look at various time management methods. There is much more you could look into. But the biggest mistake people make is getting overwhelmed. So, I recommend you start here and see how you get on.

What time management methods have you tried so far? Let me know in the comments below...


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