9 Time Management Tips for Success in School, Work, Relationships, & Life

Time is one of the few things we all have in common. Time Management is one of the most valuable tools we can use to be successful in school, work, life, and relationships. We all have the same number of hours in our day, the same number of days in a week, months in a year. Whether you’re the early bird to every event, love to arrive on time as scheduled, or always find yourself arriving fashionably late, you’re probably still paying attention to the clock. Wouldn’t you love to feel that you have more time in your days to do more, experience more, enjoy more living?

The real question is: How can you get more out of your day so you can improve your money, career, and relationships without overwhelm?

Time Management is one key to success.

Try these time management tips to get more out of living:

  1. First thing in the morning after you’ve gotten your mind and spirit right, preview your schedule for the day. Want to use your time more wisely? Start with using your calendar effectively.
    • With a little practice, you’ll begin to quickly recognize which tasks require more time and which tasks’ scheduled time can be shortened.
  2. If you’re heading into or leading a meeting, be prepared. Create the meeting agenda in advance and get familiar with it prior to the meeting. Your meetings will be more fruitful and you might not dread them so much!
    • Honor the schedule. Be mindful of the time allotted for each agenda item.
  3. Stay laser focused on the task at hand. If you need to finish writing a post, paper, or report, stick with it until the it is done. You’ll feel better when it is off your To Do List.
  4. Take action to block out distractions. If music helps you stay productive, have your playlist or streaming station ready and listen while you complete your tasks.  
    • If you’re working on something, close your door to deter people from popping in just to say, “Hello” or to ask a quick question that can wait until later.
  5. Stand up. If someone calls you into their room or office (or on the phone for that matter) to get your opinion on something, avoid sitting down. Impromptu meetings tend to be shorter when one or more attendees is standing.
  6. Be confident in limiting chitchat while working. It is ok to tell people you can’t talk at the moment. Your associates may praise your work ethic because you will be finishing your projects and tasking before taking time to chitchat.
    • You also set an excellent example for others.
  7. Get comfortable with saying “No.” Being assertive is necessary in effective time management.
    • Taking on too many projects, reduces the quality and value of your work. Furthermore, important tasks won’t get addressed in a timely manner if you have too much to do. You will get more work done – and done well – if you are not overwhelmed by taking on too much.
  8. Use your planner at home and work (or school) as well. You will greatly improve your time management and ease of life during both on- and off-work hours. It is your planner – use it. Include in your schedule times when you want to work on certain home projects, like washing your car or cleaning the living room.
  9. Set timers or alarms. This will help you stay on task. For example, if you plan to clean your bedroom for an hour, set the alarm on your cell phone. Stop working on the chore at hand when the timer goes off, but not until then (unless you complete the task).
    • Playing “beat the clock” can be highly motivational. Plus you’re likely to get more done.
    • For particularly troublesome tasks, set your alarm in smaller increments – even 15 minutes – and take a short breather when your alarm sounds before you re-focus on your task. You may even find that physically challenging tasks are much more manageable if broken into smaller, more do-able “pieces.”
    • You may even find that naming your timer with positive affirmation about your tasks helps to boost your mood while getting it all done.

Managing your time effectively will increase your happiness quotient and overall satisfaction in life. You’ll find it is much easier to be more productive. Practice these tips to boss up and get things done in life, career and business. A well-managed, less stressful life is within your potential!