Tuesday, June 3, 2008

5 Proven Strategies for Time Management

Let’s talk about time management. This can be tricky, confusing, and difficult for many people. Time management is about having the right number of tasks, doing the right tasks, and protecting yourself from distractions.

What strategies can you do to get more control over your time?

Time Management Strategy #1: Sit down every morning and write down the tasks that you absolutely have to get done for that day. Use a small piece of paper because this is better psychologically.

After you have written down the tasks, examine them. Are they tasks or projects? For example, create an Autoresponder campaign is a project because it has multiple things that have to be done. So instead you have to break down this project into tasks. Your list should contain tasks only. You should be able to check these tasks off as completed or not completed.

Also next to each task write down how long you think it will take to complete the task. Look at how much time you have available. This will enable you to know right from the start whether or not you wrote down too many tasks. If you have too many tasks and not enough time then you will become stressed out. Avoid this by planning your tasks accordingly.

Time Management Strategy #2: Block out the distractions. Physically write down in your calendar the time you are going to work on your tasks. Treat this time as an appointment with yourself that you can’t break. If somebody calls and wants to do something during this time then explain that you are unavailable because you have an appointment. It doesn’t matter that the time is with yourself. You have to respect yourself.

Tip: Don’t answer the phone or even look at the caller ID when you are working in your scheduled time. Turn off the phone ringer and turn on voicemail. You can schedule breaks in which you check your messages, stretch, and recoup.

Time Management Strategy #3: Restructure your habits as to what you have been accustomed to. Change your habits to writing your list in the morning and planning your time.

Time Management Strategy #4: Don’t multitask. Focus on one task at a time. You will be more efficient. You will accomplish the tasks faster individually then if you worked on the tasks simultaneously.

Time Management Strategy #5: Know thy self. You know how long you can focus on a particular task. You know when your interest and energy wanes. Learn to identify these times and work on a different task to keep you motivated and interested.

by: Matt Bacak. He began investing his first earnings at the tender age of 12, a young businessman in the making. Bacak survived failed businesses, botched partnerships,heavy credit card debt and bankruptcy - and is now an accomplished well-established Internet millionaire and best-selling author. For more information, visit http://www.powerfulpromoter.com

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