How To Become Better At Time Management - Tip #3 | Embark Branding

By now your probably discovering that you waste a lot of time. You may have even found there are many tasks that are not important. Or maybe you found some tasks that do not add value to your day/week. So that brings us to my third tip on how to become better at time management. In this post we are going to be exploring PRIORITIES! Now that you have identified your routine, and organized your tasks by when you need to complete them, it's time to prioritize them.

1. How to Prioritize

Prioritizing your time is extremely important. If you look at any great time manager you will see that they can prioritize their time very efficiently. They know exactly what they need to do and when they need to do it. So what does it really mean to prioritize your time? It is the act of rearranging what you do in a given day or week based on the importance of that item. More specifically based on your available time. You are basically making a "to-do list" based on your time. The key to prioritizing is to make sure that you are prioritizing your tasks based on the needs of your personal life, career and spiritual life. Even though you might not think taking some time to relax and rest is not as important as mowing the lawn, I might say otherwise. But that is for another topic. Now that you have your lists of tasks broken down by day, week, and month, now start to rearrange the tasks on those sheets based by importance. Remember that there are things that are a high priority and have to be on your normal routine. However, start to see if there are things that you are doing every day/week that you might be able to be removed, delegate, or simply moved to a different part of your schedule.

2. Focus On Your Priorities

Now that you have identified your priorities and know exactly what you need to be doing every day/week you should have a really clear understanding on the areas of your life that are most important to your personal growth, family, career, and spiritual life. This is when you need to become laser focused on these areas. Spend time thinking about each of these areas and start asking yourself questions like; Why is this important to me? – Is it a priority to me or someone else? – Can I remove it as a priority? The goal is to really know fore certain what priorities are in your life. If you really start to narrow it down you will realize that there are great deal of things in our life's that we think are a priority but they truly aren't. Know for certain that what you consider to be a "priority" is an actual priority.

3. Collaborate

Now it's time to take your priority list and share it with anyone that is living with you or that is effected by your lists. That could be a spouse, girlfriend/boyfriend or roommates. For you to become efficient and a master of time management these people need to be on board with your goals. You need to make sure there is nothing that you are forgetting. That is why you need to chat with these individuals. Share with them your lists, and priorities, and discuss if there is something that you may be missing. Did you forget a priority that your spouse mentioned, or maybe your girlfriend has a priority that trumps yours.. Remember that these people are close to you and can effect our ability to become great at time management. You want them to know you are working on this and you need their help to better your time management skills. Get their buy in.

4. Operate ONLY Off Your Priority List

Now try and only operate off your priorities for a couple of weeks. That means that you only do the things that you absolutely have to. Your morning routine, night routine and weekend routine. Only do what you have to. When time becomes available move through your daily, weekly and monthly priorities. For example, if your done with your daily priorities by 7pm start working on your weekend/monthly ones. This means that you are making your priorities a priority. Now, you probably going to find some extra time on your hands. For some of you it might be a lot, and for others it might be very little. Now I want you to see how much of your time is taken up with only doing your priorities. Many people feel that their life is so busy, and they have no time for themselves. I think that is a bunch of crap. If you prioritize your life and make sure that those areas come first I think you will be surprised at how much time you will have. When done right, you will find that you can do just about anything that you want to do. People that find time for those extra activities are working hard to find that time. If it's important to you, you will find the time.

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