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5 Ways to Improve Your Time Management Skills

If you find yourself spending a lot of time putting out fires instead of focusing on the things that you actually want to get done, the issue most likely comes down to improving your time management skills.

Sure, there will be times when tending to immediate "high priority" tasks take precedence over everything else, but if this always leaves you or someone you know scrambling to get the other important tasks done, you may want to read and share this article for some sure-fire tips on how to address this issue.

How do improve your time-management:
  1. Make a list of the items that you want to accomplish for the week. Write them down on a whiteboard or put them in your task manager or calendar. The important thing is to have them visible so that you remember them and can organize your workdays around them. By writing them down, you also get the benefit of being able to cross them off your list (believe me, doing this is far more gratifying than it may appear!)

  2. Assign deadlines for these pre-written goals. Placing end-dates on these important tasks will help you re-arrange them in order of priority and will also help you sort out the unanticipated work items which will inevitably come your way. Whenever possible, avoid working on your items at the last moment.

  3. Block off time on your calendar and use this time to work on your personal tasks. By doing this, not only do you give yourself a chance to get your own things done, but you also prevent others from booking your valuable time!

  4. Ask questions. Remember to ask about the urgency of the new items that you suddenly find yourself being asked to work on. It sounds simple, yet too often these questions remain unasked and valuable time is spent on items of lesser importance.

  5. Keep track of how you have been spending your day/week/etc. By doing this, you will have a better idea of where most of your time is spent. Look for ways to improve your productivity and efficiency so that next week, you're spending your time much more wisely.
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