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Setting Priorities Is a Must For Efficient Time Management

Updated on March 14, 2019
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Writing is a hobby which I have picked up again after being away from it for four decades actually, while I was busy with a career.

In the busy world of today, we are constantly having to decide on the time we can allow to the various tasks and actions that we need to perform every day. This requires us to constantly set priorities to decide on your actions.

Decide on Your Priorities

The setting of priorities requires you to decide on what is important for you and has some significance to you as a person, your career, and social demands. For this, it is important that you first decide on the roles that you have in life, and the activities you carry out that have a meaning in your life. Obviously, these will have to be the parts of your life in which you would like to have the most success. Not everything in your life can be a priority, though there are certain things, like earning a living, continuing with a relationship, looking to the needs of your family that will require constant attention from you throughout your lifetime.

Prioritizing Tasks

In most people's lives, there is rarely enough time to give equal importance to all the parts of your life that you consider important. Determine your basic priorities as this is the key to your being able to make more efficient use of the time that you have during your waking and working hours. Prioritizing requires you to follow two basic steps. You need to recognize what are the things that need to be done, and then decide on the order in which you will carry out each of these tasks. To understand the work that needs to be done, you must have your basic priorities right and learn to say “no” to things that do not fit into your priorities. You can often do this by delegating, or putting these things off to a time when you will have the time to do them, as long as the delay, does not affect the completion of the task itself. Tasks must be prioritized according to their significance and you need to understand how less significant tasks that are often easier to accomplish are tempting to carry out immediately.

Discipline and Time Management

You need to develop certain skills to manage your time effectively, and most of them are mental skills that can be developed with constant practice. You also need a proper sense of time, when you are confronted with tasks so that you allow them the needed time, without eating into your other priorities. Set goals for the tasks you want to achieve each day, as this can give you a sense of direction and can govern how effectively you use your time. Recognize that postponing decisions and tasks is a form of procrastination that can often indicate a lack of discipline. Be disciplined with the use of every minute of your time and you will soon find that the 24 hours in a day, are more than enough for all the things that are part of your priorities.


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