Time Management

Practice Time Management Daily

Practice makes perfect. That’s true about most things. And so if you work on your time management daily, you will naturally become better at efficiently handling the 24 hours we all have in our day.

There’s no big secret to gaining expertise and growing better. Just repeat and practice. Doing things over and over makes it automatic. It’s called developing a ‘habit’.

This applies to physical, emotional and even thought processes. You’ll manage your time better by developing positive habits – and breaking negative ones. An example will help understand this better.

Let’s say you’re addicted to a particular time-wasting kind of behavior, like checking your email every 30 minutes. Even if it takes you only 3 minutes each time, in an 8-hour work-day, you’ll spend 48 minutes doing this.

Instead, if you decide that you will check email only during 2 sessions every day and each takes 15 minutes, you’ll actually save 18 minutes – and surprisingly, discover you’re being more effective at handling your email, as well as other work that you’re currently interrupting in order to check email! That’s how you’ll benefit by practicing time management daily.

Or take another instance.

What if you never exercise, and find yourself running out of steam towards the end of the day. By ‘investing’ 15 minutes in the morning to a light exercise routine, you’ll give yourself enough extra energy that you’ll gain an hour or two of productive work daily.

Starting out to try and develop new good habits takes a bit of discipline and self-control, especially when you’ve decided to work on time management daily. But once the habit gets established, you’ll keep doing it with no conscious effort at all – automatically. That’s the big pay-off, and what makes it all worth doing.

You’ll need a few more things in order to efficiently practice time management daily.

Get a countdown timer. Egg timers work great for this purpose, and are inexpensive. You can set the amount of time you can allocate to each task, and start the timer. Once the clock is ticking, get busy.

Don’t stop until you’re finished, or the buzzer sounds indicating the time assigned is over. As you practice time management daily, you can even make this a game. Set yourself ever tighter deadlines, and then try to beat the clock. Record your progress, and document your fastest times.

Some people who practice time management daily suggest that you work in standard time blocks. But that’s boring and restrictive. Instead, why not play around with different durations – like 5 minutes for one task, 15 for another, and so on. This keeps things more fun and interesting, while still helping improve your productivity and efficiency.

There are many other ideas and strategies to incorporate into your routines as you learn time management daily. You’ll hear about winning time management strategies, goal setting secrets and efficiency enhancing tips when you explore the rest of this site and sign up for the “Time Taozine” using the form below.

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Time Management Lesson Plans

Many students are looking for time management lesson plans to help improve the way they utilize limited time, and to squeeze the maximum advantage from their days. Time management is only important to the extent that you place a high value on your time. The hardest challenge is often to convince students that time is precious because of its finite limit. You cannot store or preserve time, and therefore the only way to take advantage of it is to maximize the value you get from it.

Time management lesson plans can be used by students of any age. None of them are restrictive or explicit in details. They are often loose guidelines which are open to adaptation and interpretation to fit your unique needs and circumstances.

You can find time management lesson plans available as free or paid downloads from the Internet. You can print them out for convenience and easy reference later.

What is in a Time Management Lesson Plan?

Lesson plans are usually a brief overview of a component of time management. It sets out a learning objective, which is what the student is expected to have learned at the end of the lesson. The objectives are often categorized into minimum messages, which are learned by every student, and slightly advanced messages that are picked up by the majority of students in the class.

The topics of each lesson are outlined next, along with action steps such as when students will be asked to participate in discussions around the topic. Also listed in the lesson plan are any assignments, group projects or record keeping that students will do as part of this lesson.

After outlining the steps of these lesson plans, there will be a list of resources to refer to for more information, sample worksheets that students can model or use, and a section for feedback about the performance based on this lesson.

Downloading Lesson Plans

Most time management plans for students are presented as downloadable Adobe PDF documents. Students wishing to study the material can view it on any computer or device running the Adobe Reader software.

Once the lessons are downloaded to the student’s computer, it can be opened and viewed using the appropriate software. Lessons can also be printed out for future reference.

Time management is a thorny issue that can create stress for teachers and educational administrators alike. There’s so much to do that anyone involved is often overwhelmed. Teachers have struggled with the challenge of moving from one zone to the other, allowing students to face and overcome their own challenges and succeed at juggling work and personal life.

Time management lesson plans essentially serve a useful purpose in educating students in the core essentials of Time Management Tao, which are:

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Why Time And Money Management Are Critical To Your Success

Time and money management are the two skills that can make or break your enterprise or business venture, not to mention having the potential to transform your life and future.

Even if you’ve been struggling to manage your time and get things done, you’ll benefit from some simple but effective changes in the way you plan and schedule your day. Here’s a very powerful time management technique.

Develop your own sense of urgency.

Don’t let your important work stay on the back-burner with the excuse, “I’ll just have to do it tomorrow.”

That’s probably what you say to yourself at the end of a busy, overcrowded and stressful day, when you notice something left undone on your to do list. Maybe that’s what you’ve been accustomed to doing. But change it today. Create a sense of urgency about things on your schedule.

As you gain management wisdom, you’ll realize that by putting it off until tomorrow, you’ll only end up crowding up your calendar for tomorrow – and putting off something important on that next list. It becomes a never-ending cycle of procrastination.

So unless circumstances absolutely prevent completing the task, you should try and do most of your scheduled tasks on time. And by setting time limits to get them done, you’ll create your own sense of urgency – even about mundane tasks that need to be finished.

Many time and money management courses and programs advice you to treat it like a little game. Bet yourself that you’ll do it in less time than you thought it would take. When you win, it feels good. More important, the task gets done!

Another important concept in time and money management is being able to take responsibility for wasting time (your own and others).

On discussion forums and social networks, there are some folks who complain about how the interactions suck up all their time, preventing them from completing any serious work. That never ceases to amaze me. These folks are probably completely ignorant of principles of time and money management.

After all, nobody forces you (or anyone else) to visit forums or Facebook, much less waste your precious time on them! You are the person making this choice.

Unless you own up to being responsible for your own time, you’ll never get around that serious hurdle to time wasting – blaming others for your poor time management.

If a meeting drags on longer than scheduled, it is your fault for staying in it. If you waste time on pointless discussions via email exchanges, you are to blame for keeping it going. If a co-worker drops by uninvited during your peak productivity hours – and chats away merrily, disturbing your concentration and keeping you from working – it’s still YOUR problem… because you put up with it.

By owning up to your own role in time and money management, you will be motivated to take better control of your schedule and avoid time wasting circumstances (or terminate them effectively). You’ll get many more useful tips to handle such situations effortlessly when you sign up for our free email newsletter, the “Time Taozine“.

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How Time Management Sheets Help Evaluate Your Time

Time management sheets are very helpful tools that guide you to calculate the value of your time. Very few entrepreneurs know the value of their time. Those who do are almost always a success.

The reason is very simple. Successful people have learned how to measure what an hour of their time is worth. Knowing this, they are driven to maximize the value of their time and protect it against useless or ineffective activities.

It’s a vital time management skill to learn. If you know your time is worth $100, and you are faced with a task needing 1 hour to finish – you will have a meaningful scale to measure if you should do it yourself, or find someone else you can pay to do it for you. Time management sheets can be of great help in making this decision.

How to calculate your time value with the aid of time sheets?

First, determine how much you earned last year (or month). You may do this by totting up all your income from various sources by adding them to your time sheet and computing the total.

Then, record the time (number of hours) you worked to earn that money. You must make sure to include all the time involved in generating your income, which includes travel, preparation and research as well as the actual duration invested into your work.

On your time management sheets, you can then divide your total earning by the number of hours spent, that will give you your present dollar value per hour worked.

Then, on a separate column of your time management sheets, work out your desired or target income figure for the coming year and beyond. When you divide this figure by the number of hours you work, you’ll have an estimate of how much your time should be worth. This gives you a fair indication of whether to do things yourself within that time, or delegate it to others.

Using time management worksheets to calculate the value of your time has 2 big benefits.

  • 1. It allows you to plan outsourcing and delegating with a definite logical basis
  • 2. It reveals the importance of your time to yourself, so that you value it higher and guard it against waste and distractions.

Once you’ve tried using such time management aids to calculate these figures, you’ll be surprised at how hesitant you will be in the future to waste your time. It’s difficult once you have figured out the value of it, because you’ll view it as throwing dollar bills into the trash! It’s hard to waste an hour once you know it’s worth $100 or more.

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