Time management help is something so many people need, but so few people want to address. Fortunately, I’m one of those people because my time management was so defunct, I had to learn all the strategies and force myself to use them in order to get anywhere as an entrepreneur. So, in this article, I’m going to address the major things to focus on while troubleshooting your time management. If you need time management help, take heed.
Procrastination is the thing most people need help with. Luckily, it’s not that hard to cure procrastination because it’s a strategy setup to help you get a benefit, usually an emotional one. And if you can figure out why you procrastinate, then all you need to do is sate or overcome that reason. Generally, the reason is fear of success or failure. And though sometimes the argument can be made that procrastination arises from lack of desire to accomplish the task at hand, the question arises, “why continue to do tasks you don’t like that much? What are you procrastinating in your life such that you have to do this task often enough to put it off?” You’ll generally find that’s a fear-based reason. For instance, an office worker bored with data management procrastinates his work for hours on end because it’s terrible work; however, he’s not willing enough to risk his current state of stasis in a job he hates because he’s afraid he might fail if he tries something else.
Deadlines are also important time management helpers. Anything worth doing is worth putting an aggressive deadline on. And anything not given a deadline will likely either not get done or will take longer than necessary. If you put deadlines on things and stick to them, you’ll be really surprised how quickly you blast through things and how well you do it.
Priorities are also important to time management. If you setup your day such that you do the things that are most important in order, you’re guaranteed to get much further in your day than if you don’t do that. To set priorities is really easy, just write out all of your need to do and want to do tasks, then number them in order. Start with number one on the need to do tasks, and go through them as quickly as you can (put individual deadlines on each one and see your productivity double).