Lesson 1, Topic 1
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20 Good Habits for Time Management

Suram February 12, 2021

1.  Start your day early – Roll out of the bed as soon as the alarm buzzes. It might be difficult at times but make it a habit. Ensure that you handle your day in an organized manner.

2. Exercise and Healthy food – A regular activity of exercise or any kind of Work out will encourage you to be active and healthy. Eating healthy compliments fitness activity. Healthy food and body will create a positive outlook.

3. Positive Attitude – No doubt, it is a difficult task to always remain positive or patient, or controlled. But, the effort to avoid anger, jealousy, or low confidence will make you a better person and will help develop a positive attitude.

4. Set and respect deadlines – If you are one of the many people who stress out when a deadline looms ahead, build in some extra time so you can finish the job well ahead of time.

5. Focus on One Thing at a time – Multitasking is no doubt a way to meet deadlines, however, it often diminishes the quality of work. Also, avoids messing up.

6. Limit your distractions – We live in a world where quick entertainment is at our fingertips. Switch on the television, turn on the radio, or plug in the iPod. All of these fun alternatives can ultimately prevent us from completing the tasks at hand. These are distractions that can be avoided. You’ll be surprised how much more you accomplish when you’re not distracted every five minutes.

7. Take frequent breaks from long and arduous tasks – While this might sound counterproductive, taking frequent short breaks can break the monotony of a task and can refresh your mind with new energy.

8. Set a specific time to check emails or return phone calls – Limiting your distractions does not mean you can’t communicate with the outside world. Schedule a time for your emails and phone calls without impacting the necessary communication.

9. Use a timer and set limits – Set a timer for 30 minutes and work intensely during that time to accomplish as much as possible.  When the timer goes off, allow yourself time for a break or to move on to a smaller task. When the timer chimes again, move onto the task or another task. This helps in curbing the monotony.

10. Outsource tasks to others – Tasks that can be assigned to others and fall into their area of work can be assigned to them. This ensures task completion in a smoother manner. Take some time to review if it is necessary.

11. Set Reasonable Goals – A long time taking task can be difficult to achieve and unpredictable about the outcome. So, break the task into chunks and finish smoothly.

12. Utilize commuting time wisely – While it may be tempting to catch some extra sleep on the train or bus, use this time to catch up on emails or put the finishing touches on that report that’s due.

13. Use automated electronic equipment to save you time. – Our time is valuable, no matter what job you have. Apply shortcuts and use technology to automate a task or work swiftly. This saves time for yourself.

14. Organize your desk and computer files. – Always keep your desk and your folders organized. This helps to work smartly once you know where to pick up a thing. This is also applicable to folders on your computer.

15. Reward yourself for a job well done. – There will always be certain projects or tasks that we work hard for or despise doing. However, it is necessary to be completed. On completion, appreciate yourself for the efforts and achievement. It keeps you motivated.

16. Be decisive – The longer you think about your options – and the more options you allow yourself – the less likely you will make a decision. Do not spend much time deciding. Build your confidence levels that help in smart decision making.

17. Don’t micromanage – Constant follow up is not healthy. If you’re focused on other people’s work, then your own work suffers. By avoiding micromanagement, you’ll also give others the space they need to accomplish things by themselves.

18. Learn to say ‘No’ – This isn’t about being rude to clients or friends; rather, this is about taking control of your life and your free time. When asked to take on another responsibility, consult your calendar and then decide if you’ll enjoy this or stress out over it.

19. Take advantage of energy bursts – There is no right or wrong time to work. Do it whenever you feel like whether it is official or personal work or how small work it may be.

20. Be affirmative – Negative thoughts permeate our minds very easily when we get discouraged with a challenge. If we carry these negative thoughts with us, we start to believe that all challenges are impossible and it’s okay to give up and leave projects unfinished. Positive Attitude and logical decisions help you in attaining your goals.