Goals Setting - Improve Your Time Management

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Time management is an essential trait of an effective goal setter.
After all, if you free up time to achieve your goals you will fast track your road to success.
For most people, time management doesn't come instinctively, rather it is a process or technique that, they can work on to slowly improve their performance and become more effective.
In this article, we provide three time management tips to help you better manage your time so you can have a more productive day while spending only the same amount of time on tasks.
1: Write a to-do list: To-do lists are essential.
In simple terms they are an instrument that places order in your day, and helps you to achieve your daily tasks one at a time.
Base your to-do list on your yearly and long term goals to ensure that it accurately reflects what you want to achieve.
In addition you should place urgent and non-urgent items on the list as well.
Focus on the most important items first, and then work down to least important.
2: Use deadlines: Deadlines are essential to be an effective goal setter or time manager.
Without a clear end date, and the urgency that surrounds it, tasks can either drag on or become lost.
In setting deadlines you must be realistic of how much work is involved.
Rather than just saying I will have a particular task down in two weeks, look at what is involved and make an estimate of how much time it will take.
This will mean you have realistic deadlines that you respect.
3: Allocate time: If you don't manage your time it will manage you.
Break down your day into different tasks, and allocate a certain amount of time on to each task.
During this time don't do any other tasks, just the tasks you allocated.
This works best, if you leave yourself some down time during the day as well.
If you don't do this you will find yourself overloaded with work.
Emergencies and unexpected work happen, so allow free time for this.
To be effective in time management you must start controlling your time rather than having it control you.
As a first step, start by writing to-do lists, using deadlines and allocating your time.
If you stick at this for a month, you will vastly improve your efficiency and will then be able to look at other techniques to further improve.
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