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Time Management Solutions-Know What To Do

Updated on September 3, 2010

Time Management Solutions

When you start looking at time management solutions the first thing you need to know and understand is where you are actually spending your time.  The best way to do this is take the time to put a little effort in and track the time you’re using.  To do this you will be doing things similar to a schedule except much of it will be done backwards.  In a schedule you would write things down that you need to do while with time management you will be writing what you have already done.  Not only will you see where your time has been going but you will get to know yourself a little better.  You will get to see many of the habits you have even if at first you didn’t realize it.

When it comes to time management solutions you need to be honest and truthful if you want to get anything figured out.  Just because you planned on working on a new bonus schedule but ended up playing 2 hours worth of poker then playing poker is what you need to document.  In many cases people with freedom in their schedules can’t handle the freedom.  They don’t know how to keep structure until a few days before a big project is due and then they go into over drive and work around the clock.  That’s why if you take the time to write everything down you could focus on the time you’re using and how you’re using it.  Self monitoring is the only thing that’s going to open your eyes to time management solutions that you really need to deal with.

When it comes to putting your time management solutions into place it really isn’t that hard.  The first thing you are going to do is every hour write down a little note about what you did in the last hour.  The note doesn’t need to be long and only really needs to take a minute to write.  You need to write what you did, did it match what you were suppose to do and if not what you really did during that hour.  By taking the time to do this on an hourly basis you will be able to study the patterns in your time management.  Not only that but now you will be able to start making adjustments where it is needed.  There are several ways to get this all accomplished but at the end of the day it will all have the same results.

Doing the paperwork required for time management solutions really is quite simple.  All you really need is some paper with two columns listed on it.  The first column needs to be what you want to accomplish with your time while the second will be what you actually did accomplish.  By having the columns next to one another it is a great way to figure out everything about your time.

There is one other way to utilize how you look at time management solutions.  You can change the categories to such things as sleep, work, play, travel and anything else you want to put there.  At the end of the day no matter what and how you do it you need to know and understand where your time is going.

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    • tammyfrost profile image

      Tammy Frost 

      7 years ago from Oregon

      Great...Thanks for the tips.

    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      8 years ago from Canada

      My father taught me something many years ago. He told me I could throw away a hundred dollars and go out and make it back up. However if I throw away even one second there is no way I could ever get it back. Time is more valuable then money.

    • Paradise7 profile image

      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Great hub, thanks! I always do the lists, and most of the time follow through.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      I agree with you that it is very important to manage time at it utmost. Your hubs has well appreciated points and it is set-out and followed through perfectly.

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