Why is it that some people achieve so much more with their time than others? Are you frequently interrupted or pulled in different directions?
More than likely, just like me, you have read books, attended management seminars, use email calendar or a day planner to schedule and organise your day, but you are still dividing your attention between so many different tasks.
It can be stressful trying to balance family and work. But with some simple changes in your daily routine and your mindset, things will get easier.
Five Time Management Skills for Effective Productivity
I have been practising the following techniques on increasing productivity. Hope you find them helpful:
GET UP EARLY
I wasn’t easy for me to acquire a new habit, but once I mastered it, it became easier. Getting up at 5:30 am every morning and having a short time of quiet reflection before I start the day has been helping me to be more calm, clear-minded, and a lot more creative throughout the day.
By the time my husband is ready to start the day, I have already had my shower, done my meditation, yoga exercises and even have time to read one of my books.
FOCUS ON WHAT MATTER MOST
In The One Thing book from Gary Keller with Jay Papasan; they suggest to focus on what matters most. That core activity goes at the top of your to-do list. Say ‘no’ to anything else until your most important task is completed.
Delegating household chores is a must. My husband and I share the cleaning. He helps with the cooking when I have other priorities, and he does some errands when necessary.
COMMUNICATE WITH FAMILY
It is perfectly reasonable for children and spouse to assume that because we are at home, we are available at all times. Our sons are no longer living with us, but it took a while for my husband to understand that unless it is urgent, he needs to wait until my work is done.
TAKE A BREAK
Breaks can boost energy and improve work performance.
I work from home, and I am regularly on the computer. According to Health and Safety Regulations, frequent breaks are better than less frequent longer breaks. A 5-10 minute break after 50-60 minutes is better than a 20-minute break every 3 hours
Taking frequent breaks and a walk around the beautiful Swan River and Sir James Mitchell Park in Perth, not only help me increase blood flow to the brain and boost creativity but allow me to connect with nature which is something I love.
I hope you enjoyed this article on time management skills for effective productivity.
If you have any other time management tips, please feel free to share them below.
With much appreciation