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Top 10 Tips for Time Management

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Do You Find Yourself Overwhelmed?

Are you working like a dog and still not accomplishing your desired goals?  In this edition of the TRITON newsletter we will dig deep to help you identify where your time is going and help you remove those daily tasks, conversations, and distractions that are not helping you achieve your aspirations while providing tips to help you manage the allotted time you have for projects and personal time.
Firstly, are you effective or efficient? An effective person produces a desired or intended result.  An efficient person achieves maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense.  Which are you?  The goal for any business owner is to be efficient.  Whether it be by delegating tasks to your employees or prioritizing urgent items into your peak productivity time, it all begins with you and your organization skills.
Time Management can be one of the hardest things to manage in business and in life.  Sometimes we have so much to do and so little time to do it. With your job, schoolwork, and other commitments, you may be asking yourself, “What did I get myself into”? With these top 10 tips on how to manage your time, you’ll find yourself working more efficiently and with less stress on your plate.
  1. Make a detailed list of everything you need to do on a daily basis. It will help organize your thoughts and help you realize other tasks that may have been overlooked. Put them in order of most important and timely to least important.
  2. Set realistic limits. Accept that you cannot do everything. Consider it a success if you accomplish the most urgent things on your daily list.
  3. Take big tasks and divide them into smaller doable ones. It will help you to feel less overwhelmed and with the detailed list you made earlier, it will be easier to make. Ex. Instead of writing “Plan Event” write “make list of and call potential caterers.”
  4. Prepare and allocate time for interruptions. Life may throw you last minute curve balls and the possibility of something that needs to be taken care of in a timely manner is extremely common.
  5. Keep a daily agenda and plan it as far in advance as possible. Once you organize yourself, tasks seem much more doable when you can see when assignments and projects are due and when events will take place.
  6. Avoid distractions and concentrate. Don’t work in bed, in front of a TV, or other disturbances. Find a desk and a chair and get to work!
  7. Determine a time that you can dedicate fully to your work. If you can only work a few hours a day, be cognizant about how productive you need to be. If the event or project you are working on is drawing nearer, then think about dedicating a few more hours a day towards that certain event.
  8. Organization is key. Not only should you keep your work and agenda organized, but it’s essential to keep track of your commitments in life and not overbook yourself.  Leave blocks of time for personal projects, i.e. The gym, a yoga class, your child’s soccer game etc.
  9. Take breaks and don’t overwhelm yourself. All work and no play can really take a toll on you in the long run. Sometimes it is best to approach something with a fresh outlook.  Showering, playing golf, playing with your children are all great ways to distract your mind and gain clarity.
  10. Don’t allow for too much time to pass before you begin on your next project. It is easy to fall into a habitual schedule of doing nothing. Realize the excellent worker you are and motivate yourself to move forward and create more amazing productions.

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