NEW YORK – (DGIwire) – We are all busy and our fast-paced world seems to be turn faster by the minute. Many of us are multi-tasking our way through relationships, children, careers and extra-curricular projects. No matter how busy a person you may be, there are simple strategies to employ that might help you gain access to some of that extra time you feel that you need. Since there’s no time better than the present, perhaps right now is the ideal moment to read these few steps designed to create more proficient time management. Initially, you might find these techniques challenging to employ, but certainly they’ll be rewarding in the end.
1.) Improve Your Computer Literacy
In a world driven by technology, why not use technology to improve your own time management skills? There are time management apps that can help you to organize your schedule, tasks and activities like Checklist Wrangler, Shopper, RemindYou, Things or OmniFocus, for example. There are various online beginner tutorials or workshops that can teach you how to use a variety of programs within your desired areas of concern. Also, check your local Apple store, for example, to find out what courses they are offering to help you navigate a mobile world.
2.) Take a 1-Minute Time Out
What? You don’t have a minute in your busy day? Wrong! You need that minute and it will provide a huge return on investment if you follow this step at least once a day. Improving your creativity allows you to build and develop more ingenious and creative ideas for how you can save time doing your work. A one-minute time out will enable you to become more productive and efficient throughout the day. You can do this by closing a door—whether in an office, bedroom or bathroom stall. Then, close your eyes and simply take 10 very deep, slow breaths. Breathe in deeply and release.
3.) Make a List
Your problem solving ability as well as critical thinking improves when you get a little more organized. Then, you can spend less time trying to recall what you need to do and more time on the thinking process. To avoid wasting too much time randomly collecting thoughts, make a To Do list and get focused on completing it. You can use good old fashioned pen and paper, or use any of the list apps on your mobile device to track your daily accomplishments.
4.) Improve Delegation Skills
Learning and improving ways to delegate your work will help you master time management skills. Often, we think it will take too long to explain what needs to be delegated…so we simply do it ourselves. However, it is always good to have another pair of hands to help you with your tasks and projects. This will dramatically reduce the time you spend doing tasks that could be efficiently handled by someone else. The trick is to delegate repeat tasks—so you only have to teach once, but you get a multi-fold return in the future when the task again lands on your To Do list. Once you learn how to properly delegate tasks, you can redirect your focus to other pressing matters.
5.) Improve Your Emotional Intelligence
Those who tend to become emotional with work, tend to lessen their productivity—and possibly the productivity of others as well. Getting too emotional about anything causes us to lose focus and even if we do still complete our tasks, they will likely not be completed with the quality level we might desire. Emotional intelligence encompasses the process of taking control of your emotions. Those who practice emotional control (or getting over their hopefully private outbursts very quickly,) tend to benefit from more productive days.