Have you ever wished there were more hours in the day? Sometimes it can be difficult to manage the many demands on our time. It is possible to take control of your time and enjoy a healthy mix of work and play.

Here are some tips to help you make more of your time.

  1. Make the most of your peak performance times. If you are a morning person, complete difficult tasks soon after breakfast and leave the easier ones for the afternoon.

  2. Prioritise your tasks. Do the important or urgent things first and try not to be disrupted by emails or phone calls that can be dealt with later.

  3. Use a diary or calendar. Keep track of short, medium and long-term commitments. Never work from two diaries – combine work and social engagements in the one diary.

  4. Get organised. Develop easy-to-maintain physical and electronic filing and storage systems and keep them tidy. Being organised makes procrastination difficult.

  5. Start with smaller tasks. If you know you procrastinate or find it difficult to start projects, choose a small job and concentrate on completing it. Once you start, a rhythm will form and you won’t feel so anxious.

  6. Be realistic about what you can do. When prioritising or scheduling engagements, don’t overload yourself. Concentrate on achieving results, not just on staying busy.

  7. Break larger tasks or projects into smaller chunks. Plan how you might divide up a large task and then focus on each section separately.

  8. Reward yourself. Setting rewards for the completion of tasks will strengthen your desire to start difficult or unpleasant jobs. Make the rewards something you usually don’t have time to do, like seeing a movie.

  9. Ask for help. There is no reason why you need to take on every little thing yourself. Ask those around you to help when you are under pressure.

  10. Set yourself some limits. A little bit of TV and internet surfing is enjoyable and good for relaxation, but both have a tendency to take over. Set an alarm on your clock or phone to remind you it’s time to get on with things.
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Last updated: May 2012

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