If you never seem to have enough time, better time management may help you regain control of your days.
Whether it’s in your job or your lifestyle as a whole, learning how to manage your time effectively can help you feel more relaxed, focused and in control. Here are some tips to help you manage your time effectively:

1. Make a list and stick to it

Make a list of the tasks that you need to accomplish that day and note in upcoming meetings or deadlines as you become aware of them. As you complete your list, make sure to tick off the tasks you have completed.

2. Give each task a time limit

On your daily list of things to do, pen in how much time you think each task will take you. If you don’t finish, stop when the time you allotted ends, and come back to it later. Sometimes moving on to different responsibilities and then coming back gives your mind a fresh start and a new perspective.

3. Focus on results

Good time management means doing high-quality work, not high quantity. Concentrate more on results than on how busy you are. Spending more time on something doesn’t necessarily achieve more. Staying an extra hour at work at the end of the day may not be the most effective way to manage your time. Focus on results!

4. Block out distractions

First and foremost, turn off your email notification. Set 30-minute blocks to check your email every couple hours instead of checking it every 15 minutes. Make sure you minimize non-work distractions such as your cell phone, social media, or your favorite online store.

5. Get Enough Sleep

This is just as important as any of the other time management tips listed here. Not getting enough sleep destroys your entire time management plan. Getting restful sleep will not only help you feel rejuvenated but motivated to start each day and when it comes to time management, how you start is very important. This will improve your decision-making and performance and the speed at which you make decisions. Develop a strong sleep schedule and stick to it every day. Make it a priority to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day.

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