Skip to main content

Prioritizing Your Time Helps You To Be More Productive

Why are there only 24 hours to each day? Do you sometimes wish there are more hours each day? Do sometimes feel like you have billions of things to do each day and 24 hours is not enough?

Well, you can't do anything about adding more hours to each day. But you can make the most of the 24 hours you do have each day. Prioritize what you can get done and then move what you can't do to another day or delegate it to others. That way, you can be more productive.



To help you make sure that you are able to prioritize things in your day, here are some tips that you may want to consider:

 
Look at your day’s to-do list and begin your day by starting with the most important item on your list.

There’s a psychological reason you want to do it this way. When you do the important tasks first and finish them, it gives you a feel-good release of hormones and it makes you feel more energized and more like tackling other items on your list.

Plus, you get to see that you’re making progress. If you start with the easiest task or the fastest task and put off the most important task, there’s a chance you may not get to it by the time the day ends – and then anxiety sets in.


Give everything you need to do a time limit.

Whether you’re a perfectionist or not, this is a good rule of thumb for anyone looking for better time management. When you keep tasks without a due date, the tendency is not to finish them quickly so they will pile up.

If can see the whole picture of what you need to accomplish within the time frame you have, you may be overwhelmed. The best way to tackle this is to break down the tasks you have to do.

For example, if your project has to be completed by a certain deadline, you should divide that project up by how long it will take to get the work done.

If the project will take 40 hours to complete and you have two weeks to get it done, you know you have to work on it 20 hours per week or 5 hours per day. And take into account interruptions and other obstacles that will get in the way.


Refuse opportunities that will take up too much of your time.

You can’t be involved in every activity and you can’t attend every single meeting that you’d like to. You’ll end up overworked and frazzled. If you work from home and there are several webinars you’d like to attend, but you’re already struggling with time management, there’s a way to decide which ones to choose.

You look at the ones that will give you the most benefit both personally and professionally.  Sometimes there might be something you’re interested in, but it’s not conducive to a good time management schedule. That means you have to pass.

 

Don’t schedule anything back to back.

You have to have some time - even if it’s just a few minutes - where your mind can relax and get away. Mental exhaustion is often more draining than physical exhaustion.

Like your body, your brain can’t go full speed ahead on something without needing a time out every so often. In between your to-do list tasks, take a break and do something enjoyable – or do nothing at all.

 

Know that it’s okay not to do it all.

Forget about multi-tasking. When you are multi-tasking, you try to do several jobs all at once, which often end up poorly done - and that’s very frustrating especially if you have perfectionist tendencies.

You don’t have to accomplish everything in one day. Instead, concentrate on what’s right in front of you that has to be done first. Get that finished and then move on with the next item.


Take time off.

There can be a tendency to work full speed ahead, whatever it takes, to get all of the things done that you need to get done. Many people give up time with friends and family to try to gain more time.

They bring work home on weekends or they work on a to-do list all weekend around the house in an effort to get things done. Some people haven’t had a vacation in years - not because they can’t afford it - but because they don’t feel like they have the time.

But if you take time off, away from everything you need to do, you end up getting more done because your body as well as your mind needs time where it has absolutely nothing it “must” focus on.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Which Brand of Electric Fan Do You Recommend?

It’s really hot now and it’s so untimely that one of our fans gave up on us. We only have 2 working. Actually, since we came here in the Philippines 2 years ago, we’ve already bought 6 fans and I’m not satisfied with how they worked for only a short time. We bought 2 Standard industrial stand fans, one broke in less than a year while the other one is still working. We bought 1 Union desk fan and this one lasted 2 years. Then, we bought 1 Dowell stand fan because of a sale but then it was defective within one month. We brought it to their service center, they got it fixed but then the entire head (with the fan blade) of the fan flew off (nasira ang hinang).

What's the Best Shampoo For Getting Rid of Head Lice?

When my family was staying in the Middle East, my daughters had no problems with head lice or “kuto.” A head louse (lice, plural) is a six-legged parasite that feeds on blood in the human head. Lice do not jump or fly, but crawl only. They do not carry any disease, but they suck blood and cause itchiness. Here’s a photo showing the life cycle of head lice. The life cycle of head lice. Image taken from http://health.vic.gov.au/headlice/ When we came back to the Philipines , I was taken by surprise one day when I saw my daughters

Sisa Monologue Script in English

Last second quarter, my Grade 8 daughter's English class teacher asked them to present a Monologue in class. The teacher asked the students to choose a character on whom they want to base their monologue. My daughter chose Sisa of Noli Me Tangere. The problem is that most of the Sisa monologue Script that can be found on the internet are in Filipino or Tagalog. You can't find one in English. Well, there's one but it was very, very short, just one paragraph, I think. And so, we had no choice but to make a Sisa monologue script in English. It's not required for the students to make their own script and so I helped my daughter produce one. I just looked up a good Sisa script in Tagalog online and translated it. Thank God for Google Translate as it helped me do 50% of the work. The Google translation was not 100% accurate, so I still had to edit it. Here's the final script (515 words), which I want to share with you (and other people looking for Sisa monologue