Mastering Your Time: Tips for Proper Time Management

Tips for Proper Time ManagementTime is an integral part of our lives. We often have to do a lot of things within a limited amount of time, and as a result, can sometimes struggle with the pressure and stress that go with it. While we want to be able to maximize our time and the activities that we do, we also need to consider the consequences on our health and our overall output when we push ourselves to the max.

Proper time management is one way to ensure that we make the most of our limited time and make sure that what we accomplish is efficient and successful. If we manage our time well, we can do more and also maintain more balance.  In this day and age, mastering our time is the only way to be able to “do it all”.

Below are a few tips:

  • Know what your priorities are and do them first. It can be easy to fill your days with activities that may be important, but that are not the highest priorities, thus leaving you feeling behind on the big things.  Keep your priorities straight and stick to them. After you have accomplished the most important things, then you can do the rest.  Don’t let minutia distract you from what needs to be done.
  • Create a good planner. What makes a planner effective is its way of organizing your schedule and not keeping it jumbled inside your head. Instead of continually about which activities you need to do, write them in a planner. It will help you organize every one of your activities and have a clearer picture of what is most important.  It will also help you schedule new things better because you’ll have a more concrete idea of when you’re available.
  • Focus on one aspect at one time. Your mind probably won’t work as effectively or efficiently if you’re thinking about too many things at once.  For instance, you cannot concentrate on your work if you’re continually thinking about the plumbing problems at home.  Focus on completing one task at a time, and you’ll be able to mark them off your list faster.
  • Don’t think in “psychology time”. Be more objective and focus on the real time and not on the time that pops into your head. Psychology time can make you feel more pressured because you think that there is not enough time left for you to finish something. However, if you think objectively, you can focus on the real time, which allows you to focus and logically plan how you’re going to utilize the remaining time you have.
  • Let others help. There are tasks that you cannot do on your own. Sometimes, having a helping hand will enable you to accomplish your task faster and more effectively. Seek help from trusted friends or connections. It can also help you build better relationships with them.
  • Break goals into smaller ones. If you are constantly achieving something, no matter how small it is, you will feel proud and motivated to do more. However, trying to reach a big goal without benchmarks along the way is a lengthy process that will make you feel disappointed and frustrated during the process.

-M. Germaine Parra
D.C. Area RealtorFeng Shui Consultant
Licensed in DC, MD and VA
Long and Foster Realtors
6862 Elm Street Office, McLean, VA  22101
Fax:   703-873-1901
Cell:  703.650.8838


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