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2 Ways to Help Manage Your Time

Updated on July 25, 2012
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How many times have you heard this? … “There aren’t enough hours in the day.” Although this may sound like such an overused cliché, it is the absolute truth considering how busy our day-to-day lives are nowadays. Whether you are working in corporate America, an entrepreneur or stay-at-home mom or dad, managing your time can be a struggle quite often.

Speaking as a human resource professional, it is definitely important to find ways to manage your time because there are consistent deadlines that have to be met within your perspective organization. It doesn’t matter if you are the employee or the business owner because you will always have tasks to juggle (e.g. administrative, budgetary or operational). Even as a stay-at-home mom or dad, you also have things to juggle (e.g. children, errands, house cleaning or volunteer endeavors).

Time Management has been defined in several different ways – what it simply means to me is effectively managing your time and resources (whether many or few) in order to achieve a productive outcome. This productive outcome can be financially rewarding (e.g. high profit margin) or self-rewarding (e.g. obtaining a Master’s Degree or Professional Certification).

Personally, I’ve struggled with time management from time to time and have found that there are two main things that I need to do in order to keep up with all of my schedules, which are making lists and setting goals with a specified timeline.

1. Making Lists – These automated or manual lists can be set up for daily, weekly or monthly things that you need to complete. Additionally, when you do this it will help you prioritize these tasks whether assigned or personal goals. I think that when you are able to look at reminders then it will keep you focused.

2. Set Goals with a Timeline – I believe that when you set goals with specified timelines then it will keep you on task and motivated to accomplish what you are desiring or need to do. For example, if you have a quarterly report due on 09/30 then you can set a goal upon listing this item to have a preliminary report completed on 09/15. This will allow you time to have an initial draft of your report 15 days ahead of time and make any necessary changes, if needed, before the deadline or submission date.

Some of you may think this seems like a lot to do just to keep your time managed; however, I believe if you were to try this then these tools would become helpful in relieving stress and accomplishing those goals/tasks with more ease. There is no cost just a little discipline and motivation to keep your head above water so you don’t get bogged down in the never-ending cycle called everyday life.

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    • UMHiram profile imageAUTHOR

      Unique Hiram 

      6 years ago from Midwest

      Millionaire Tips, it is definitely important for you to break up those deadlines; otherwise, you will get totally overwhelmed. In addition, you would stress yourself out tremendously trying to accomplish the BIG deadline. I've been there and done that. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on this Hub.

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      These are great tips. I do make lists, lots of them, but I need to break them out and create deadlines so I am more efficiently use my time, and not worry so much that a big deadline is looming.

    • UMHiram profile imageAUTHOR

      Unique Hiram 

      6 years ago from Midwest

      Yes, lists are indeed important especially when you have to juggle so various tasks at work or even many responsibilities as well as personal goals. This method has definitely been helping me keep my sanity :o) Thanks for commenting on the post. Look forward to reading your posts, take care.

    • Barreto10135 profile image

      Barreto10135 

      6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      As a business intelligence analyst for the military I do have to maintain a list to manage my day. At times I may have a list of at least 50 things that I may need to do in the day. Sometimes I can't gat through the list due to unscheduled meetings or crisis. I also maintain a list for my projects especially if I'm developing a BI application or doing quality assurance functions.

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