Whether time management is a challenge for you due to an excessive workload or due to ADHD, you owe it to yourself to learn how to improve time management. Follow this four-step process to move towards your best time management in 2011.
Time management likely means something different to everyone. The first key to improving time management is to identify your challenges and determine what you want to achieve. Spend some time on this step so you can really uncover your challenges. Consider these questions as you consider your challenges:
If you want to improve your time management skills, you need to set a clear goal. You might be tempted to set several goals all at once. Please don’t. Instead focus on one goal that follows the principles of SMART goal setting.
You know your challenges and you have a SMART goal. Now you need to develop and implement an action plan that will help you manage your time better. Keep you action plan to five or fewer items. The secret here is in the effectiveness of your action plan, not in the number of your actions. Below, I am listing some potential actions that you can implement. Remember, you do not need to implement all of them, especially since not all of them will apply to your specific challenges and goal.
I am a huge proponent of planners. Many of my coaching clients ask my advice regarding which planner is the best. I am sorry to say, there is not a best planner. Just like there is not one time management goal that works for everyone, a planner choice is very personal. The good news is that my article Choosing the Right Planner can help you identify and use the planner that will serve you best in the coming year.
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