Properly managing your time can help you to effectively produce more results, increase your free time, and lower your stress levels. One key component of time management that we are going to cover in today’s article revolves around getting into the habit of meeting your deadlines. Can you recall back in high school or college where you knew you had a major test or exam coming, but waited until the last minute to study for it? Instead of pacing yourself and chipping away at learning the information for the test day-by-day, you waited until the very night before the test and pulled an “all-nighter” in order to cram all of the information in. Ironically enough, this type of behavior leads to poor productivity and of course, loss of sleep!
There are many men and women in business that treat their projects much like the “all-nighter” example above. They are assigned an important job and let the assignment sit and sit until they are literally racing the clock to get the work completed on time for the boss. And what is the typical end result? A project that is faulty with mistakes as well as unwanted stress caused by the delay. In addition, your time will be squeezed thin even more for other tasks that are pushed to the limit because of your reckless time management skills. There is of course, a better way to handle your priorities, that will not involve stress, loss of sleep, and poorly finished projects. And that better way is simple: Start on your work assignments as soon as you receive them. If your boss gives you a report or a project to have finished by a certain date, then do not wait until the last minute to start working on it. Start immediately! In fact, start planning that day.
The same goes if you are self employed. Actually, being self employed means that we must totally master this habit of meeting personal deadlines or else our business will sink. You can start to take action on any given project by creating a separate project list and break down the assignment into sections. Now take out your planner and assign a section for each day, or however you see fit. For example, you may have a project that will take you a total of 10 hours to complete, but the deadline is not for another five days. Most procrastinators and time-wasters will wait until the day before the deadline. Instead, your goal is to schedule small chunks to be completed one at a time. Perhaps you can schedule this report to be worked on 2 hours a day for the next five days. Or maybe you want to break it up into hour segments. Any which way you choose will work, so long as you work your plan. Although this advice is merely common sense, you would be surprised as to how many men and women are ruined by putting off their tasks until near the end of the deadline. By breaking this habit you can start working on them long before they are due and the quality of your work will reign supreme. Time management is not at all complex to integrate into your life, it simply takes discipline.