Have you been searching for time management tips that are not only practical, but realistic?
Looking to make a positive change in your schedule in just a couple of minutes?
In this post, I offer several time management tips that are short, sweet, and easy to apply to your daily routine, right away!
Give yourself a break when others give you a break.
What do you do when a meeting is cancelled at the last-minute?
Do you hunker down to take of work, perhaps run an errand, or try to fill that space with another meeting?
Instead of rushing to fill that newly freed up time slot, consider making use of the time given to you by others by giving yourself a well-deserved break.
Go for a brief walk, watch an episode of your favorite TV show, or read your favorite blog or magazine.
Taking a short break from your routine won’t derail your schedule.
Cancellations and postponements only happen once in a while, so you might as well make the most out of the situation at hand!
Overestimate your travel time.
One of the easiest ways to make sure you arrive on time to meetings and appointments is to simply budget more time for your travels. Think it will take you just two minutes to get from your office on the 2nd floor to get to the conference room on the 15th floor? How about getting to the nearest bus or train stop near your home? You might want to test out your travel time or recalculate your estimations.
Besides, the only thing(s) you have to lose in overestimating your time are frustration, anxiety, and worry. Worst case scenario? You’ll arrive to your destination early, with some time to spare. You can catch up on emails, listen to some music, or prepare your mind for your upcoming meeting or appointment.
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR CALENDAR.
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Remind yourself you don’t have time (at the moment) to do something.
Wait a minute, remind yourself you don’t have the time to do something? Sounds a tad confusing, right? Actually, I’m not saying you don’t have time to do things, rather it’s when you decide, or choose to do things that may be messing up your schedule.
For example, if you have an upcoming appointment and are thinking about taking care of “just one more little thing” in your office or home before you leave, simply tell yourself, “Now is not the right time to take care of this. I’ll take care of it later, when I’m not rushed, or pressed for time.”
How about you? What do you find to be the most difficult aspect of applying time management tips to your daily life? Do any of the above tips seem to resonate with you? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!