Time Management Tips

There are times management suggestions you may find useful for managing both your business life as well as your personal life include the following:

Contract out tasks. Contract out tasks you do not have the expertise to complete. Your client will appreciate your honesty and effort to get the best result.

Start with the most worrisome task. Start the morning, afternoon, or evening with the most worrisome task before you. This will reduce your anxiety level for the next task.

Complete deadline work early. Not only will this reduce stress and lighten your work schedule, but it will also give you more self-confidence about managing your schedule.

Know your capacity for stress. When you are hitting overload, take the break you need (even if it is a short one) when you need it.

Stay organized. Take time at the end of each day to briefly organize your desk and make reminder lists of tasks for the next day or week.

Take advantage of down time. Allow yourself some down time between busy periods to review your schedule and reevaluate your priorities.

Get physical. Physical exertion such as walking, bicycling, swimming, or organized sports activities helps to discharge stress. Stretching, yoga, jumping rope, sit-ups, playing with children, or doing yard work are other types of therapeutic breaks you should consider during times of stress.

Have fun. Be sure to have some fun while working or playing; a good sense of humor can keep most problems in perspective.

Select your time. Decide how much time to spend on business development, personal needs, and family. Start by allowing 25 percent of your time for yourself.

Build flexibility into your schedule. Your availability to family and friends depends on the flexibility you build into your schedule.