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How to Manage Your Time

It might not be your cup of tea, but adhering to a daily plan is the only sensible way to accomplish goals. Try it -- you might like it.


  • Step 1: Write it down Draw columns on a sheet of paper to track activities, time devoted to each, and sudden emergencies. Document a normal day to determine which activities go as planned and what delays result from interruptions.
  • TIP: Make a daily to-do list that prioritizes your tasks, so you know which are the most important.
  • Step 2: Guard against procrastination Guard against procrastination by sticking to the new schedule no matter what. Detail action steps to better streamline activities, delegate some responsibilities, group some tasks, or eliminate diversions.
  • Step 3: Get away from distractions Choose a place free from distraction and stay on task. Let everyone know this time is sacred and that you are not to be disturbed.
  • TIP: Avoid checking email all day -- a habitual distraction that loses time. Check only at certain times throughout the day as part of the overall plan.
  • Step 4: Limit multitasking Limit multitasking to maintain focus and momentum. Finish the job at hand before moving to the next.
  • Step 5: Reserve time to review and plan Reserve a hour or two each week to review assignments, notes, and your schedule. Adapt and redraw the monthly or long-term objectives to accommodate new challenges. Whether you're a student or an office worker, better time management will help you reach those lofty goals!
  • FACT: A 2007 Gallup poll found more than 30 percent of workers believed that their fellow employees wasted 2 to 3 hours a day.

You Will Need

  • Priorities
  • Tracking sheet
  • Quiet place
  • Long-term objectives

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